Thursday, January 12 Contemporary Islam: Variety and unity, Consensus and Internal Conflict is the subject of a conference to be held under the joint auspices of The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Mishkenot Shaananim. The conference opens at 9 a.m. at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem with speakers from the sponsoring institutions as well as Tel Aviv University, al-Quds University, Haifa University, Ben Gurion University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. The event will be held in Hebrew. Participation fee is NIS 100 with a NIS 50 reduction for students and senior citizens. For information and registration, call: (02) 629-2212. Sapir Academic College in conjunction with the Israel Manufacturers Association is hosting an all-day symposium on "Growth in an Era of Dynamism and Change." Sessions will deal with the challenge of social initiative after the bubble has burst; business initiatives: risks and opportunities; localization in an era of globalization; prospects for the future. Sessions will be held in Auditorium 9202 on the Sapir College campus. Sunday, January 15 The Middle East History Department of the Faculty of Humanities at Haifa University will host a lecture-discussion on Baha'i History in Western Perspective at 12 noon in the Rabin Observatory in the Rabin Building on the Hafa University campus. For further information, call: (04) 824-0018. Monday, January 16 "The Great Game Revisited: Great Power Rivalry in Iran" is the subject of a lecture discussion hosted by the Middle East History Department of the Faculty of Humanities at Haifa University. The lecture will take place at 10 a.m. in the Ofer Observatory, 30th Floor, Eshkol Building. "A Century with Emanuel Levinas: Resonances of a Philosophy" - an international conference in Hebrew, English and French with simultaneous translations sponsored by the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies to mark the centenary of the birth of the famed philosopher will continue through to Friday. The conference is the initial event of "A Century With Levinas" programs which will mark this centennial around the world throughout the year. Conference sessions will take place at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Feldman Building, the Hebrew University, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram. For more details and entry arrangements, call: (02) 5884-735. Tuesday, January 17 The 9th annual two-day meeting of the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society will take place at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv. Speakers from many parts of the world will discuss topics that come within the realm of mass spectrometry, analytical chemistry and services to the community, pharmaceutical analysis, life sciences, legalities and regulations, analytical application and proteomics, genomics and metabolomics. For further information, contact: BioForum (08) 940-9085, Fax: (08) 940-9086 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com A joint meeting of the Tel Aviv Youth Interfaith Encounter Association and Tel Aviv Hillel will be held at at 6.15 p.m. in the Hillel office at the TAU Dormitories (enter through the main entrance on Einstein Street, turn right and go to Building G).The meeting will be conducted in Hebrew. For further details, please contact: Adib Zouabi: (0520 2214-189, firstname.lastname@example.org Shabi Elashvili: (054) 5900-583, email@example.com Wednesday, January 18 A conference on Public Opinion, Democracy and Reforms in the Middle East, organized by the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies & Diplomacy at Ben-Gurion University, will be held at BGU. Prominent academics, intellectuals and journalists will analyze political reforms in the Middle East and public discourses about them. The effects of external pressures and domestic change as well as the impact of new media and technology on public opinion and reform will all be examined. For information, call: (08) 6472-538; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org "Outside the Celluloid Closet: Israeli Homosexual-Lesbian Cinema" - a conference in Hebrew sponsored by the Hebrew University Lafer Center for Women's and Gender Studies, will be held at 7:30 p.m., in the Teddy Kollek Hall, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, 20 Radak St., Jerusalem. For more information, call: (02) 5883-455. Thursday, January 19 The Archeological Department of the Faculty of Humanities at Haifa University will host a symposium on new archaeological findings and historic discoveries under the title: "Crossing the Jordan." The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Hecht Museum on the Haifa University Campus. Rabbis, lawyers and academics will discuss halachic and ethical means of coping with new financial tools at an all-day symposium to be held from 8:30 a.m. in the Mintz Auditorium at Bar Ilan University. Sunday, January 22 Shenkar College will host an international conference on Technologies and Digital Models in the Process of Architectural Design. The conference will take place in the Mitchell Auditorium on the Shenkar campus, Ramat Gan. For details, call: (03) 6110-038 or 6110-134. Wednesday, January 25 "Can an academic boycott ever be justified?" is one of the questions which Israeli and overseas academics will attempt to answer in a two day international conference on academic freedom hosted by Bar Ilan University. Conference sessions, most of which will focus on the delegitimization campaign against Israel, will take place in the Feldman Congress Hall on the BIU campus. Monday, January 30 Auschwitz Memorial Day will be marked by the Society of Danes in Israel, the Society of Norwegian Immigrants in Israel and Friends of Sweden in Israel by a lecture by Prof. Dina Porat, director of The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Porat will talk about the evolution of January 27 as Auschwitz Day and Holocaust days in general. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 001 of the Webb Building on the TAU campus. For further details call: (03) 640-8055.