Conference Circuit

Are President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice capable of resolving the conflict?

Bush Rice 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Bush Rice 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Sunday, January 6 TELEVISION ETHICS - Pedophiles on Screen will be the focal point of discussion at a symposium to be conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Ethics at 5.30 p.m. at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, 6 Nachon Street, opposite the Cinematheque. The symposium is based a on a series of interviews with pedophiles conducted by Channel 10 News. Gilad Adin, the director general of Channel 10 News, will be among the speakers. Audience participation will be encouraged after the five scheduled speakers have concluded their remarks. Registration is essential. Call Keren at (02) 629-2206 or e-mail: [email protected] A HEBREW lecture on "Cosmic radiation and the earth's climate," by Prof. Nir Shaviv of the Racah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be held at 5 p.m. at the Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram, as part of the "Heavens Above!" series of lectures sponsored by the HU Authority for Community and Youth. Admission is free. For more details call: (02) 658-6256. THE ANNUAL two-day conference of the Center for Academic-Community Partnership for Social Change in the HU Faculty of Law will commence at 8.30 a.m. at Beit Tzarfat, Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram. The second day will be devoted to tours in the Negev departing 9.30 a.m. from the Oren Center, Sderot Reger, Beersheba (adjacent to the north entrance). For more details call: (02) 588-1389, or Monday, January 7 ARE PRESIDENT George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice capable of resolving the conflict? The question will be posed and addressed at a BESA Institute symposium to be held at 5 p.m. in room 120 on the first floor of the Chemistry Building on the Bar-Ilan University campus. Benjamin Miller and Efraim Inbar will speak. THE BUSH Visit to the Region: Palestinian and Israeli Expectations will be discussed as part of the Afternoons with IPCRI series, made possible by the Canadian government. Participants include: Diana Buttu, Palestinian advisor from the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister's Office; Galia Golan, lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. The meeting will take place at Notre Dame Hotel in Jerusalem at 3 p.m. Participation should be confirmed by Sunday at [email protected] [email protected] or call (02) 678-9460 KOREAN AMBASSADOR to Israel H.E. Dr. Shin Kak-Soo will deliver a public address on "North Korea and Iran: The Nuclear Challenge" at 11 a.m. in the Abba Eban Conference Hall at the Truman Institute, HU Mount Scopus Campus. North Korea missed its end-of-year deadline to declare details of its nuclear programs under a disarmament-for-aid deal it struck earlier last year with regional powers, and this will also figure in what the ambassador has to say. The event is being held under the auspices of the Abba Eban Center for Israeli Diplomacy and the Iran in Global Perspectives Research Group at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at HU. To register contact: Rebecca Zeffert, HU Dept. of Media Relations, (02) 588-1641 or (054) 882-0661, or HU spokesperson Orit Sulitzeanu, (02) 588-2910 or (054) 882-0016. RUSSIA: NATIONAL identity, Putin and the Jews is the subject of a research seminar in Hebrew to be chaired by Prof. Robert Wistrich, with Prof. Mordechai Altshuler as the speaker. The seminar will be held at 10.30 a.m. Room 400, Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry, Gaster Building, HU Mount Scopus Campus, under the auspices of the Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry and the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. For more details call: (02) 588-2494 AN ENGLISH lecture on Rethinking application of International Humanitarian Law in non-international armed conflicts will be held at 6 p.m. at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club Lounge on HU's Mount Scopus Campus. The speaker will be Prof. David Kretzmer of HU, Ramat Gan College of Law and the University of Ulster, Belfast. The event will be chaired by Eitan Diamond, legal advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Tel Aviv Delegation. This is part of the International Humanitarian Law Guest Lecture series, under the auspices of the HU Faculty of Law; the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the International Committee of the Red Cross. For more details call: (02) 588-1156. PLANNING FOR future hospitalization systems in Israel and marshalling of resources is the subject of an international conference to be held at the Sheraton City Tower Hotel, Ramat Gan. from 8.30 a.m., with the participation of senior staff from the Health Ministry, major hospitals and the Finance Ministry. Because the construction of more hospitals and rehabilitation centers will be required in the future, the conference is also geared for real estate developers, architects, entrepreneurs, construction companies and operators of capital funds. Guest speakers will include Alberto Germani from Italy, who is a member of the UN Economic Council in Europe; Tye Farrow from Canada, who has won prizes for hospital planning; and Yves Barrault, the director of the St. Joseph network of hospitals in Paris. For registration and information call (03) 512-1748. A THREE-day seminar in Hebrew on "Theater in a multicultural society: Dialogues with artists" will be held from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and 10.30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club, HU Mount Scopus Campus; the Israel Gur Theater Museum and Archive, Block 7 at the Faculty of Humanities, Mount Scopus; and Yung Yiddish, 52 Yirmiyahu St., Jerusalem; under the auspices of the HU Theater Department and the Science, Culture and Sport Ministry's Theater Department. For more details call: (02) 588-3936 Wednesday, January 9 ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2000, Palestinian photographer Talal abu Rahmah filmed a father and son allegedly shot by Israeli troops at Netzarim junction in the Gaza Strip. Charles Enderlin, correspondent for France2, showed the film on television, claiming the Israelis targeted the defenseless pair, killing the boy and wounding his father badly. The story became a global sensation, a symbolic image of the intifada's struggle against a murderous Israeli army. Despite extensive contradictions between Talal's account and the evidence of his own footage, most of which point to the strong likelihood that he staged the whole scene, the media accepted this version and has resisted efforts bring these doubts to the public's attention. But with investigators writing on the Internet, the story took on a life of its own. Enderlin, in an attempt to suppress even these marginal voices, sued several of these cyber-critics for defamation. Despite early victories, his offensive turned against him recently when the court viewed some of Talal's raw footage. Historian Richard Landes has maintained the most extensively documented Web site concerning this affair, and has closely followed the progress of the case. He will discuss the affair, its implications and impact, and will also show and analyze film clips, some of which have not previously been shown publicly. His address - under the auspices of The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center in conjunction with the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS), the Ambassador's Club and StandWithUs International - is entitled "Icon of Hatred: The Muhammad al-Dura Affair: From Media to Internet to Courtroom." It will be held at 5.30 p.m. in the Arison Lobby of IDC Herzliya, Kanfei Nesharim Street. BMC CUSTOMERS can benefit from a BMC Software Conference to be held from 9 a.m. at BMC House, 6 Rehov HaBarzel, Ramat Hehayal. The conference is geared to system and application managers. THREE RUSSIAN immigrants representing different disciplines of the arts - Sanius, a violinist and composer; Yevgeny Sverdlov, an artist; and Gera Sandler, a stage and screen actor - who are all highly successful in their respective fields, will meet at 9 p.m. at Beit Avi Hai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem, to talk about their immigration, their lives in Israel, the important landmarks in their lives and how they are affected by music. Entrance fee is NIS 40. Students will be charged NIS 20. Thursday, January 10 "THE POWER of rhetoric: How Joseph R. Smallwood brought Newfoundland into Canada" is the lecture topic in English, to be delivered by Dr. Robert Fine at 4.30 p.m., room 403, Maiersdorf Faculty Club, HU Mount Scopus Campus, under the auspices of the Halbert Center for the Study of Canada, instituted by the Canadian government, Ralph and Rose Halbert and the Israeli Association for Canadian Studies. For more details call (02) 588-3367