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Meltzer Schwartzberg Center for Israel Studies

In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

CIS Events

Video: Natan Sharansky, "Challenges of the Free World in Connection with Ukraine, Russia, and the Middle East” 
Annual Amos Perlmutter Lecture, January 29, 2024

See more past events on the CIS Video Playlist and Israeli Writers series of webinars or the November 2022 Israel Democracy conference.

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023, American University’s Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is one of the nation’s premier educational centers for nurturing and catalyzing Israel Studies. CIS's multidisciplinary approach goes beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical issues. Using AU’s expertise in global education and its central location in Washington, DC, the Center serves as a national and international hub for building bridges and highlighting the diverse achievements and challenges across Israel. 

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Amy and Alan Meltzer

With a New Name AU’s Center for Israel Studies Turns 25

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