Conference Circuit

Dan David Prize laureate Dr. James Hansen will deliver a lecture on "How Sensitive is the Earth's climate?"

Sunday, May 13 DAN DAVID Prize laureate Dr. James Hansen will deliver a lecture on "How Sensitive is the Earth's climate?" The lecture, organized by Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Exact Sciences, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Shenkar Building on the TAU campus. Monday, May 14 DIFFERENT FACETS of the life of the late Prof. Yuval Neeman, an Israel Prize laureate who was one of Israel's leading physicists, and who inter alia founded the Israel Space Agency, will be presented under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, to mark the first anniversary of his passing. The memorial event will be held at the Van Leer Institute, 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem, with the participation of Prof. Zvi Javetz who will discuss Neeman, the universal intellectual; General (Res) Shlomo Gazit, who will talk about Neeman, the military man who commanded the Givati Brigade and later served as Deputy Commander of Operations in the Department of General Staff; Uri Wirtzberg, who will speak of Neeman's contribution to the nation in his capacity as minister for Energy and Infrastructure and Science and Technology; General (Res) Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Israel who will talk about Neeman's contribution to national security via the Israel Space Agency; Prof. Vitaly Milman and Prof. Dan Amir who will recall what Neeman did towards facilitating the immigration of Soviet Jewish scientists to Israel; and journalist Dan Margalit who will review Neeman's statesmanship. COFFEE in the Finjan is the name of a marketing conference directed towards the potential of the Arab sector. Sponsored by the Israel Management Center, the conference will take place at the Sheraton City Tower Hotel, Ramat Gan at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will include prominent representatives of the Arab business community as well as academics, senior executive members of companies producing consumer goods, managers of shopping malls, and bankers. Discussions will include a review of the Arab sector and the sudden explosion of start-up companies; the rating secrets within the Arab sector; the world belongs to the young; youth as the central consumer in the Arab sector; Who's the boss behind the scenes in Arab retailing; thinking differently and working differently in order to reach the Arab customer. For additional details and registration, call (03) 671-1902. Tuesday, May 15 FORMER US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk and Israel's former ambassador to the US and outgoing president of Tel Aviv University Prof. Itamar Rabinovich will be among the speakers at the annual John Gandel Symposium on the Middle East that is traditionally held during the annual meetings of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University. Indyk will be the keynote speaker. The symposium will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Marcelle Gordon University Club. TO MARK the tenth anniversary of the Keren Moshe Leadership Program of the Community Action Unit at Ben-Gurion University, there will be a panel discussion at 9 a.m. in the Minkoff Senate hall of the BGU Marcus Family Campus. The event, held within the framework of the annual meeting of the BGU Board of Governors, will feature Eric Benhamou, Israel Venture Network, USA, Prof. Rivka Carmi, president BGU, Amram Mitzna, mayor of Yeruham and Martin Wolf, CBE associate editor and chief economics commentator, Financial Times, UK. IN CELEBRATION of the 10th anniversary of the Center for Beduin Studies and Development at Ben-Gurion University and in honor of its chief benefactor Robert H. Arnow, the center will be rededicated under his name. Following the ceremony, Prof. Ismail Abu-Saad, founding director and current Research Unit Director at the Center will present a history of Beduin-Arab graduation from BGU from 1970-2006. The presentation will focus on how far Beduins have come in their education and how much still needs to be done. The presentation will be followed with an introduction to distinguished Beduin alumnae, which will in turn be followed by a panel discussion on "Re-examining Priorities" with the participation of Prof. Alean Alkrenawi, a former director of the Center and chairman of Charlotte B. and Jack J. Spitzer Department of Social Work; Arie Bar, director-general of the Ministry of Housing and Construction and Minority Affairs; MK Prof. Avishay Braverman, immediate past president of BGU; Prof. Rivka Carmi, president BGU; and Ruth Dayan, founder of Maskit. The event will be moderated by former ambassador Tamar Golan, who is now a faculty member of BGU. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the Joyce Claire Sonnenfeld Auditorium on the BGU Marcus Family campus. Wednesday, May 16 TURKISH AMBASSADOR Namik Tan will speak on Current Challenges in Tukish-Israeli Relations to the English Speaking friends of Tel Aviv University and The International Forum of the Department of Political Sciences. The lecture will be held in Hall 0003, Naftali Social Sciences Building on the TAU campus at 6:15 p.m. TEL AVIV University is hosting a conference under the title: "Gentlemen the Revoluion." Prof. Shlomo Avineri of the Hebrew University Jerusalem will deliver the keynote address on "The Sweet bombshell: The Six Day War as the paver of the path to the loss of left-wing hegemony in 1977." The lecture will be held in the Malka Brender Hall of the Trubowicz Building on the TAU campus at 10 a.m. 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 THE JERUSALEM Center for Ethics is hosting a conference on Academic Ethics with the aim of determining norms for academics in universities and colleges in general, but in Israel in particular in research, teaching and interpersonal relationships within the portals of academia and beyond. The conference will take place at the Konrad Adenauer Convention Center, Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem at 6 p.m. For registration and further details, call: (02) 629-2206. WOMEN'S SUMMIT 2007 is the title of Knesset Christian Allies Caucus Women's Council that will focus on Empowering Women Through Judeo-Christian Values. The two-day conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Jerusalem will unite Jewish and Christian women in the campaign against abuse of women, domestic violence trafficking of women and honor killings. It will also present a united Jewish-Christian front on the right of women to freedom of religion, the right of women to education, the right of women to free speech and the right of women to participate in elections. Speaking under the slogan of "I am my sister's keeper" will be MK Orit Noked, chair of the Women's Council of the KCAC; Kay Arthur, CEO Precept Ministries; Janet Hansen, CEO Aglow International; and Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor and columnist, The Jerusalem Post. There will also be one male speaker, MK Benny Elon, who chairs the KCAC. To register, call Tamar (03) 538-8444. THE BESA Center and the ADL are hosting an international conference on US-Israel Relations "in a new era." Among the conference foci: domestic influences on U.S. Mideast policy (including the Walt/Mearsheimer accusation that American Jews have undue influence); American policy dilemmas regarding Iran and Iraq; the new Congress and Israel; American Christian support for Israel; US-Israel defense and security cooperation; changing American Jewish demography and its impact on Israel-Diaspora relations; and more. US Ambassador Richard Jones will deliver a central address on US-Israel security cooperation on Monday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Among the other conference participants are Prof. Steven David of Johns Hopkins University; Prof. Dov Waxman of CUNY; Ken Jacobson, deputy national director of the ADL; Prof. Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami; Prof. Chaim Waxman of Rutgers University; Prof. Jonathan Stevenson of the US Naval War College; Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels; and Steven Simon of the US Council on Foreign Relations. The conference to be held in the Senate Hall, Feldman Conference Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, is open to the public. Registration is not required. English/Hebrew simultaneous translation will be available throughout. AN INTERNATIONAL two-day conference on Greek Art and Culture - Origins and Influence will open at 9 a.m. at the Aviva and Sammy Ofer Observation Gallery on the 30th floor of the Eshkol Tower, University of Haifa, with the participation of Greek Ambassador Nicholas Zafiroplous, leading academics and curators from Israel, Greece, England, Scotland, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, US, Canada, and Turkey. Monday, May 21 THE COLORS of Zion: Black Jewish and Irish Nationalisms is the title of the address to be delivered at 4 p.m. by Prof. George Bornstein of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the auspices of the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities, Samuel L. and Perry Haber Chair on the Study of the Jewish Experience in the US, Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University. The venue of the lecture is Room 103 of the Webb Building on the TAU campus. Friday, May 25 CONTROVERSIAL THOUGHTS on Israeli Society will be shared Prof. Yossi Shain , Head of the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy and Director of the center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. The lecture, under the auspices of the Israeli friends of Tel Aviv University, will be held at 11 a.m. in Auditorium 014 in the Cohen-Porter United Kingdom Building of Life sciences on the TAU campus. 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