Conference Circuit

Likud Leader and former prime minister MK Binyamin Netanyahu will be the keynote speaker at the BESA Center's launch of Project 1948 - Researching the War of Independence.

Sunday, April 22 LIKUD LEADER and former prime minister MK Binyamin Netanyahu will be the keynote speaker at the BESA Center's launch of Project 1948 - Researching the War of Independence. Prior to Netanyahu's address, Prof. Ephraim Karsch of Kings College will speak on "The other war - the delegitimization of the State of Israel.: Netanyahu will speak on "Memory and the Present in the Israel-Arab Conflict." The event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Senate Hall of the Feldman Building, Bar Ilan University. Wednesday, April 25 THE HEBREW University's Leonard Davis Institute is hosting an international conference on "The Links between Economics and Security - Conceptual, Regional and Practical Dimensions." The conference will be held in room 501 of the Maiersdorf Faculty Club on the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus. The two-day event will bring together scholars from Israel, the US and Canada, all of whom are working on various causal links connecting economics and security. Such links include the impact of economic considerations and incentives on the likelihood of armed conflict or conversely, on the likelihood of transition to peace, the impact of security considerations on economic cooperation or economic development and the economic role of third parties in promoting transitions to peace. The conference will cover various conceptual issues, as well as their regional implications for the Middle East, East Asia, Europe and Latin America. A second goal of the conference is to examine the theoretical aspects against the real-life experience of practitioners. For that purpose, two roundtables will be conducted that will bring together present and past practitioners from Israel, Europe and the US, to discuss the practice of peace-economics the potential and the limitation of using economic tools to reduce conflict and promote peace. Participating in the roundtable discussion on Third party economic intervention in transitions to peace will be head of the European Commission delegation to the State of Israel Ambassador Ramiro Cibrian-Uzan. Thursday, April 26 To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its activities, Tzav Pius which advocates dialogue and reconciliation, will hold a two-day conference with workshops that will examine the effectiveness of dialogue. The conference will be held at the Plaza Shalom Hotel, Neve Ilan. For details, call Hadar (02) 621-5353. Thursday, April 26 THE PORTER School for Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University is hosting a conference on Zero-Carbon City with the intention of turning Tel Aviv into a strategic model of a city that is not polluted by the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles. Then conference will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in auditorium 003 of the Dan David building on the TAU campus. THE LAW School at Netanya Academic College will host a discussion on Naomi Levitzky's book Supreme Court Justices as Human Beings. Participants will include retired Supreme Court judge Ariel Hanoch, legal commentator Moshe Gorali, Law School lecturers Prof. Sinai Deutsch, Dr. Haim Shein and Israel Gilat and the author Naomi Levitzky. The event will begin at 12 noon at NAC, 1 University Street, Kiryat Rabin, Netanya. Friday, April 27 JUSTICE MINISTER Daniel Friedmann will be among the participants in a conference on "The Supreme Court at the Crossroads" that will be held at Netanya Academic College at 10 a.m. Other participants include Prof. Shimon Sheetrit, of the Hebrew University Law School, Prof. Sinai Deutsch, Dean of the NAC Law School and Israel Gilat and Shuki Segev, editors of the Law School publication "The Balance of Justice." For further details, call (09) 860-7777. Sunday, April 29 THE GORDON Academic College for Education Haifa is hosting a conference on Carrot and Stick - Conservatism vs Liberalism in Treating Behavioral Problems. The conference begins at 3:30 p.m. at Gordon College, 73 Tchernikovsky Street, Haifa. For further details, call: (04) 859-0104. Monday, April 30 Deloitte Brightman Almagor, Audit, Tax, Consulting and Financial Advisory together with Shiboleth Advocates and Notaries will host a conference on "China - Investment Opportunities and Challenges - Risks and Rewards." Speakers from China will include Chris Lu, Regional Managing Partner Eastern China, Deloitte; Zhou Yun, Zhong Lun Law Firm, China; James Z. Li Chairman and Managing Director E.J. McKay. Also coming in from abroad is Lawrance Chia, Partner Corporate Finance Service - National Management, Deloitte. The all-day conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. at Purple Prime in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. On Tuesday and Wednesday following the conference, Israelis interested in doing business with and in China in the fields of real estate, hi-tech, and financing will be able to meet on a personal basis with Chinese experts. Appointments must be arranged in advance as must pre-conference registration. To do so, call: (03) 608-5232 or (03) 608-5392. THE ETHICS of Caring for the Aged is the subject of a symposium to be held at the Jerusalem Center for Ethics, Mishkenot Shaananim in conjunction with the Shaarei Zedek Institute for Geriatrics. The symposium begins at 9 a.m. Participation is free of charge but participants must register in advance by calling (02) 629-2206. Wednesday, May 2 SO, WHO'S to blame? Several speakers will attempt to answer this question at the DIMEDIA Convention in Dimona. The question pertains to other questions such as: Have the watchdogs of democracy turned into wolves? Who has greater credibility in the eyes of the public - the elected officials or the media? Where does one draw the line between the public's right to know, national responsibility and the right to privacy? Aside from attempting to answer these questions, conference participants will discuss the extent to which publicity can damage a person's reputation, the public's negative attitude to media coverage of the Second War in Lebanon, the manner in which different sports are covered by the media; the addiction of Israeli youth to television; the attitude of national media outlets to peripheral communities. Participants do not need to drive to Dimona. A media carriage reserved in a train traveling from Tel Aviv to Dimona and back will be at their disposal. Among the speakers will be Communications Minister Ariel Attias; Uri Orbach of Reshet; journalist Daniel Ben Simon of Haaretz; Naftali Ben Simon, reporter and editor Channel One; Channel Two southern districts reporter Sagi Bashan; Channel Two military reporter Roni Daniel; Channel One news director Nitzan Chen; Reshet CEO Yochanan Tsangen; Reshet Bet managing editor Arieh Shaked; and many other well-known personalities. Further details can be gleaned from the Web. For additional information and registration: or telephone: (03) 644-0271. TEL AVIV University, together with the Israel-Poland Friendship Association and Beth Hatefutsoth, will conduct a symposium on Israeli Youth Traveling to Poland in the 21st Century. Topics to be discussed include the impact of the visit on the forging of the new Israeli character; memorializing the Holocaust through pilgrimage to Poland; The March of the Living; the psychological effect on youth groups visiting Poland; Confronting a world that is no more; the educational value of a visit to Poland and other related subjects. The symposium begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Bnei Zion Auditorium of Beth Hatefutsoth on the TAU campus. Monday, May 7 ENVIRONMENT 2020 - Challenges, innovation and regional co-operation is the subject of an in-depth conference to be held in the Prime Conference Hall at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Topics to be discussed include socio-environmental responsibility of the business sector; environmental R&D in Israel; Business initiatives for the rehabilitation of polluted areas; and challenges of environmental development as a springboard for regional cooperation. Participation fee is NIS 250. For further details, call (03) 696-4453. Wednesday, May 9 THE FIFTH annual meeting of the World Diamond Council (WDC) will be hosted by the Israel Diamond Industry and will be held at the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem, over a two-day period. The meeting will focus on how the industry, governments and civil society groups can and need to work together to focus the success of the Kimberley Process to affect real change for all members of the diamond industry, specifically within the alluvial sector, which is the most susceptible to conflict. In addition, the meeting will review the past success of the education campaign of 2006 in the hopes that, together, all interested parties can work to refine the core message for 2007. Speakers will include Gareth Penny, Managing Director De Beers; Sergey Vibornov, president, Alrosa; Lev Leviev, chairman, Leviev Group of Companies; Ernie Blom, president, World Federation of Diamond Bourses; Jeff Fischer, president, International Diamond Manufactuers Association; and Gaetano Cavalieri, President, World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). Thursday, May 10 SEEDS OF Peace is hosting a discussion between authors, academics and political activists Sari Nusseibah and Amos Oz on the occasion of the publication of Nusseibah's book Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Jerusalem International YMCA, 26 King David Street. Thursday, May 17 A FULL day seminar on dreams will be hosted by the Jerusalem Friends of the Hebrew University at the Inbal Hotel. Speakers will discuss what our dreams actually represent, whether our dreams speak falsely or whether they are a reflection of the soul. The evolution of the interpretation of dreams from the Bible to Freudian theory and beyond; sexual dreams; dreams fulfilled and dreams shattered; the dream in art and cinema; dreamers and oracles; nightmares and daydreams; political dreams - The State of Israel: dream and reality… are but a few of the topics to be explored. Among the speakers will be Israel Prize laureate Prof. Alice Shalvi and presidential candidate Reuven Rivlin. Entry fee is NIS 280 per person including lunch. Proceeds are designated for student scholarships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For further details, contact the Jerusalem Friends of the Hebrew University: Tel: (02) 563-2387, (02) 563-8227; e-mail: Sunday, May 20 ADL NATIONAL Director Abe Fox will be the keynote speaker at a two-day international conference on US-Israel Relations in a New Era. The conference is co-sponsored by BESA and the ADL. And will be held in the Feldman Conference Center at Bar Ilan University. Wednesday, May 30 THE ANNUAL Carlson Wagonlit Travel Conference will take place at the Daniel Hotel, Herzliya from 8 a.m. and will focus on business travel in an era of globalization, requiring suppliers to give better and faster service through the use of advanced technology. Participation fee is NIS 188. Registration is only via the Web site