Sunday, January 18
RELIGION AS a Force for Reconciliation is the subject of a panel discussion on Theology of Peace Contra Power Politics, with international guests featured in the case-study collection Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Participants in the discussion include Jose "Chencho" Alas (El Salvador), Friar Ivo Markovic (Bosnia), Rev. William Lowrey (Sudan and the United States), Pastor James Wuye (Nigeria), Imam Muhammad Ashafa (Nigeria) and Rabbi Prof. Naftali Rothenberg (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute). Admission is free. The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky St.
WHAT DOES the Future Hold for Radical Islam and Al-Qaida? Prof. Emmanuel Sivan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will attempt to answer this question at 5 p.m. at the Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram. His lecture is part of the "Why?" series sponsored by the HU Authority for Community and Youth. Admission is free. For further details, call (02) 658-6256.
SPEAKERS FROM Israel, Germany, France, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus will participate in a conference to be conducted in English on Ottoman Roots of Contemporary Realities: The Middle East and the Balkans Compared. The conference will be held at HU's Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus campus, under the auspices of the European Forum at HU and the Forum for Turkish Studies at HU, in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. For further details, call (02) 588-3516.
THE KEYNOTE speaker at a symposium on humanitarian aid will be Arjun Katoch, director of UNDAC - United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination. He will speak on "Creating Humanitarian Space for international disaster response - A case study from Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar," at 2.30 at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
Tuesday, January 20
THE FEDERATION of Israeli Chambers of Commerce will host a meeting at its headquarters in Tel Aviv of 18 presidents of chambers of commerce in Europe whose countries are not members of the European Union. The visitors will come from Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Georgia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Ukraine. Among the dignitaries will be Pierre Simon, president of Eurochambers and president of the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
ENERGY IN East Asian Foreign Policy: A Means or an End? is the topic of a seminar to be held in Hebrew at 9.30 a.m., in HU's Abba Eban Conference Room, Truman Institute, Mount Scopus campus, under the auspices of The Asia Unit at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Louis Frieberg Center for East-Asian Studies. For further details, call (02) 588-2329, or visit: http://truman.huji.ac.il.
THE LAUNCH of Prof. Jonathan Frankel's new book Crisis, Revolution and Russian Jews, published by Cambridge University Press, will take place at 4.30 p.m. at HU's Maiersdorf Faculty Club, room 502, Mount Scopus campus. It will include lectures by Prof. Eli Lederhendler, Prof. Israel Bartal, Prof. Dan Diner and Prof. Ezra Mendelsohn. For further details, call (02) 588-2466.
THE FOURTH in a five-part series of explorations into ethics in the public sector, hosted by the Jerusalem Center for Ethics at Mishkenot Sha'ananim, will deal with the ethics of the heads of local councils. Among the participants will be Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Union of Local Authorities chairman Adi Eldar. The event is open to the public and begins at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21
ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN and international speakers will take a critical look at Media Coverage of the War in Gaza at the next meeting of the Afternoons with IPCRI series at the Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem, at 3 p.m.
THE JABOTINSKY Institute, in conjunction with the Chaim Weizmann Institute for Zionist Studies, will host a symposium entitled "From Etzel to Herut - From the Underground to a Political Party." The symposium will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cymbalist Center for Jewish Heritage on the Tel Aviv University campus. It will deal with the differences between the Revisionist and Labor parties and the different political paths taken by David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin.
A SYMPOSIUM in English on Israel, the Jews and the Shi'ite-Sunni Conflict will be held at 6.30 p.m. at HU's Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus campus, under the auspices of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. Speakers include: Prof. Bernard Lewis, of Princeton University; Dr. Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; and former Mossad head Efraim Halevy. The symposium will be chaired by Prof. Robert Wistrich. For further details, call (02) 588-2494, (02) 588-2991, or e-mail email@example.com
AGRICULTURE MINISTER Shalom Simhon will participate in a conference organized by the Moshav Movement to estimate the extent to which Israel's agriculture industry will be affected by the global economic crisis. The conference will be held at 10 a.m. at the headquarters of the National Kibbutz Movement, 13 Leonardo DaVinci Street, Tel Aviv.
Thursday, January 22
THE ANNUAL General Meeting of the Israel Manufacturers Association will take place at 1 p.m. at Tel Aviv's David Intercontinental Hotel, with the participation of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Industry and Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai and Manufacturers Association of Israel president Shraga Brosh. Livni will deliver the closing address at 4 p.m.