Conference Circuit

FORTY-SIX GERMAN-speaking students ranging in age from 18 to 70, are taking part in the 10th anniversary session of BGU's German Language Summer University.

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July 29, 2007 08:04
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Sunday, July 29 FORTY-SIX GERMAN-speaking students ranging in age from 18 to 70, are taking part in the 10th anniversary session of BGU's German Language Summer University. To date, over 400 students have participated in this annual six-week program, which includes a full-time academic course load focused on Israel, Judaism and the Middle East and a Hebrew language ulpan. Most lectures are in German, with two weekly lectures in English. There are weekly Friday excursions that provide students with a general overview of Israeli society. The Summer University attracts a highly diversified and interesting student body of all ages and from all religious, academic, professional and national backgrounds. Founded 10 years ago by the former Overseas Student Programs Director, Mark Gelber, a professor of comparative literature, the program is currently administered by David Rubinstein, a BGU student. Rubinstein, who was born in Switzerland, says the program puts an emphasis on high-quality academic lectures and excursions. It makes Israel studies much easier for German speakers, and helps to build present and future bridges between Israel and the German speaking world. For further information, contact David Rubinstein, coordinator, Summer University, BGU; Tel: (054) 553- 7692; bguzis@bgu.ac.il Monday, July 30 FRIENDS AND Colleagues of the distinguished military correspondent Zeev Schiff will discuss issues of communications and security at a memorial symposium to be held in his honor at 4:30 p.m. in the Bar Shira Auditorium at Tel Aviv University. Speakers will include Defense Minister Ehud Barak; journalists Eitan Haber, Nahum Barnea and Amos Harel; Zvi Stauber, head of TAU's Institute for National Security Studies; Dalia Dorner, retired Supreme Court Justice and head of the Israel Press Council; and Amos Schocken, publisher of Ha'aretz. Accountability OF the Media in the Second Lebanon War in the light of the Keshev report is the subject of a symposium to be held at 6 p.m. in the Brender Hall of the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University. Speakers include Prof. Daphna Lemish of TAU's School of Communications; Izhar Beer, CEO Keshev; Dr. Daniel Dor, chairman Keshev; Yoav Limor, military correspondent, Channel One; Alon Ben David, military correspondent, Channel 10; Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz; Yael Paz-Melamed, Maariv; and Faiz Aba, A-Siniora. MATRIX, OVERLINE and Promisec will run a joint conference on End Point Security at the Matrix offices, 3 Abba Eban Street, Herzliya Pituah commercial zone at 8:30 a.m. The conference will deal with security issues and what threatens security in the world of information technology. There will be stories about nightmare incidents when control is usurped via unscrupulous technicians when not enough notice is taken of what they are doing. Admission to the conference is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Call (09) 959-8024. Wednesday, August 1 MEDIABOOM, A conference believed to be the first of its kind in Israel, will include a contest based on the final year projects of Shenkar College design students engaged in interactive media design. The contest and conference will take place at Shenkar College Ramat Gan within the framework of a general exhibition by design students, and will become an annual event. The conference and contest are sponsored by Tel Aviv-based Internet technology company Netica (formerly Interactive Software Ltd.), which develops browser-based and client-side applications for those wishing to maximize their on-line marketing abilities. Guest speaker at the conference will be Prof. Yossi Mattias, development manager for Google Israel. MC for the event will be Adam Shub, editor of The Marker Café. For further details, call Reut Cohen (052) 444-7315. Wednesday, August 8 THE CEOS Forum of the Kibbutz Industries Club will host Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz at the Kibbutz Shefayim Hotel. Mofaz will speak about reforms in Israel's air and sea ports and plans that his ministry intends to implement. Also participating will be Iris Stark, who chairs the board of Ashdod Port. The opening addresses at the meeting will be delivered by Amos Rabin, chairman of the Kibbutz Industries Association and General (Res) Ori Orr, chairman of the CEOs Club. According to Amos Shalev, the head of the Association's export division, changes in port regulations are making it increasingly difficult for exporters to send out their cargo and to import raw materials. The inability to guarantee delivery of supplies to overseas clients could have a seriously detrimental effect on Israeli export figures. These issues and others will be raised at the meeting which begins at 2 p.m.

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