Conference Circuit

Former PM Shimon Peres will give an address at Tel Aviv University on "Israel and the Arab World between Disengagement and Integration in the Past and in the Present.

Thursday, March 9 *Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres will give an address at Tel Aviv University on "Israel and the Arab World between Disengagement and Integration in the Past and in the Present." The address will be delivered at 6:15 p.m. in the Ettinger Hall of the Gilman Building on the TAU campus. Organizers advise calling (03) 640-9980 to ascertain whether there has been a change of plan. * The Faculty of Life Sciences, together with the department for Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar Ilan University, is hosting a symposium on agriculture, economy and trade in pre-historic times. The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. in building 901 on the BIU campus. * The development of English as a universal language is one of the subjects tabled for discussion at the Oranim Conference on Language and Globalization, to be held from 8.30 a.m. in the Domi Building at Oranim College. For details, call Tova at (04) 983-8774. * Prominent representatives of Labor, Kadima and Likud will join academics in the Bar Shira Auditorium at Tel Aviv University at 6 p.m. to discuss the 2006 elections, from the perspectives of public apathy, campaigns, ideologies and politics. * Israeli Society and the Cost of Globalization is the theme of the Dr. Danny Rozolio Memorial Conference to be held from 9 a.m. in the Academic College of the Western Galilee, Acre in conjunction with the University of Haifa, and the Kibbutz Cooperative Studies Institute. * The University of Haifa, in association with the Society for the Advancement of Democracy in the Arab Sector in Israel, the Department of Government in the School of Political Science, the Jewish Arab Center and the Druze Sector and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation will host a symposium on the impact of the elections to the 17th Knesset on the Arab community of Israel: estimates and chances. The symposium will take place from 1 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building on the University of Haifa campus. * Root and Branch is hosting an evening in honor of the late Ka'are Kristiansen who would have been 86 years old this Saturday, March 11. Kristiansen, who died last year, resigned from the Norwegian Nobel Committee when it awarded the peace prize to Yasser Arafat in December 1994. Kristiansen was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, president of the Norwegian parliament, Norwegian minister of oil and energy, and founding chairman of the Jerusalem Embassy Initiative (established 1995). The lecture in his memory will be delivered by Moshe Aumann at 7:30 p.m. at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem. The theme of the lecture is "Who's afraid of the churches? Christians Jews and Israel." A number of leading figures from Israel and abroad will participate in the tributes to Kristiansen, including Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Yisrael (Robert) Aumann. Admission charge is NIS 25 non-members, NIS 20 members, NIS 10 students. Life members gratis. Sunday, March 12 * A national action plan to "Free Israel of Drugs" will be formulated at a conference on narcotics abuse at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, commencing 8 a.m. The opening address will be delivered by Ronny Douek, chairman of the Israel Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority. The closing address will be delivered by acting prime minister Ehud Olmert. Participation is free of charge but pre-registration is required. For information and registration, call Oscar (03) 644-0273. * Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, director Tate-Liverpool and Prof. Dr. Antje von Graevenitz of the University of Cologne, Germany, will be among the guest speakers at Shenkar College's third annual two-day conference "Between Sderot and Tel Aviv," which will examine central and peripheral regions in Israel. Grunenberg will speak about "Liverpool: A real periphery?" The Tate Liverpool is the UK's largest modern art gallery outside London. The conference which is being held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, on the first day and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat Gan on the second day, brings together academics and arts professionals from around the world to join in panel discussions that will look at relations between urban centers and peripheral towns. For details and tickets, call: (03) 611-0005. Wednesday, March 15 * Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will host a "Study Day on Israel Elections 2006: at 1:30 p.m. in the Minkoff Senate Building on the Marcus Campus. Joining political pundits, journalists and academics from institutions of higher learning around the country will be politicians Taleb-Al-Sana, United Arab List; Yossi Beilin, Meretz-Yahad; Roni Bar-On, Minister of Industry, Science and Technology, Kadima; Israel Hasson, Israel Beiteinu; Eitan Kabal, Labor; Yitzhak Cohen, Shas; Limor Livnat, Likud; and Ilan Shalgi, Hetz. The Conference is organized by BGU's Department of Politics and Government as part its efforts to establish a public forum to conduct in depth and critical discussions of political processes that characterize Israel and the international arena. For additional information: Department of Politics & Government Ohad Ivri (054) 780-7811; Nurit Klein (08) 647-7240 or Fred Lazin (08) 647-7241. Monday, March 20 * The Hebrew University Jerusalem, the Smart Family Communications Institute and the Swiss Center are sponsoring a conference on Film and Coping with Conflict. The conference with the participation of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem, will be held from 9 a.m. at Beit Meirsdorf on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University. * The future of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Jewish people; Government and private investment in Jerusalem to enhance the status of the capital; the economic development of Jerusalem; the dialogue between the IDF and the religious Zionist community; the redefinition of the value of settlement; disengagement or uprooting; the place of the religious woman in the modern world are just some of the subjects tabled for discussion at the three-day Jerusalem Conference, taking place at the Regency Hotel, Jerusalem, with the participation of rabbis, academics, politicians, army officers, representatives of the business community, communications experts and others. For further details and registration, call: (03) 918-5588. * Yeshiva University in Israel is hosting a Symposium on New Discoveries in the World of Medicine, featuring a lecture by Professor Susan Bressman on "Dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, and Ashkenazi Jews" and a presentation by Professor Avraham Steinberg on "Halachic and Ethical Aspects of Screening for Jewish Genetic Diseases." These presentations will be followed by discussion with opportunities for questions from the audience. Professor Susan B. Bressman, MD, is Chair of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University; Professor Avraham Steinberg is Senior Pediatric Neurologist, and Director of the Medical Ethics Unit, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Director of The Center for Medical Ethics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. The symposium, which is part of a week-long Torah U'madda Colloquium being hosted by Yeshiva University in Israel, will be held at 8:00 pm in the auditorium of the Yeshiva University in Israel campus, 40 Duvdevani Street, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem. For further information call the YUI Alumni Office: (02) 531-3015 or email: Tuesday, March 21 * Maariv Congresses in conjunction with Tamir Fishman will host a conference on "The Business Network and Capital Markets on the Day after the Elections." Aimed primarily at investors, the conference will be held from 3:30 p.m. at Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem. Given that so many prominent members of Israel's business community are investing in Israeli sports teams, the final session of the conference will be devoted to Israeli soccer: "Is it just sport or part of the economic strategy of the oligarchs?" For additional information and registration call: (03) 561-6600. Wednesday, March 22 * Natural gas in Israel: Is the dream becoming a reality? Keynote speaker at a conference at Blue Prime, Gan Oranim, Tel Aviv will be Erhan Cetinok, CEO Zorlu Energy who will talk about the natural gas market in Turkey. For further details and registration call: (03) 561-6600. Thursday, March 23 * The Kosher World conference and expo will open at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. Launched two years ago, Kosher World gives producers of kosher food products access to ever wider markets in addition to enabling restaurateurs, caterers, hotel food buyers, supermarket managers, etc. to see what's new in kosher food. Jews are not the only people interested in kosher food. Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists and also prefer to buy products with kosher certification. Manufacturers of parve (non-dairy, non-meat) products have also discovered a huge market among the lactose intolerant. For further details and registration, contact: Penton Lifestyle Media, a division of Penton Media 1401 Pearl St. Ste. 200, Boulder, CO, 80302, USA. Wednesday, March 29 * Metuna, the organization that works towards the prevention of road accidents, is holding its seventh conference and the third in memory of Anthony Harris at the Dead sea Meridien Hotel. Titled a "Thinking out of the Box" conference, it invites participants to share their thoughts on how to prevent road injury by changing attitudes. The conference will take a fresh look at the failure of Israel society to reduce road death and serious injury and why solutions which work in the majority of western countries are not adopted here. Participants will explore the reasons why society is seemingly resigned to the inevitable devastation of so many families every year. Within the framework of the three-day conference, Metuna will create a dialogue with media representatives, psychologists and public health officials who deal with trauma and the aftermath of vehicle collisions. Other participants in the dialogue will be families of victims and survivors of motor vehicle accidents. For full details and registration, contact the Metuna office (09) 884-4667 or