Recordings of Past Events

Past Events

Enabling Difficult Conversations: Tarek El-Ariss and Susannah Heschel on Israel-Palestine

Nau 101

Tarik El-Ariss is the James Wright Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College and Susannah Heschel is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Sponsored by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and moderated by Dean Christa Acampora.

Photojournalists on the Front Line: The Emotional Toll

UVA's Rotunda (Dome Room) 1826 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA

Join a distinguished panel of photojournalists—including Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers—as they explore how their profession keeps the public well-informed and share their perspectives on what it’s like to work in some of the most challenging areas in the world. Co-sponsored by UVA's Karsh Institute of Democracy and Public Service Pathways.

Zero Hour: Rethinking 1945 From Jewish Transnational Perspectives

April 8-10 On Grounds

An interdisciplinary workshop with presentations by UVA faculty as well as scholars from eleven other universities. Hosted by the Jewish Studies Program. .

Israel Palestine Film Series

Fridays in April 
Monroe 110

The Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures are pleased to announce an April film series devoted to understanding and dialogue about the ongoing conflict in Gaza: A Tale of Love & Darkness, Apr. 5; Omar, Apr. 12; Cinema Sbaya, Apr. 19; Gaza Mon Amour, Apr. 26.

The Israel-Hamas Conflict: Ways forward

University of Virginia's Rotunda

Mara Rudman, a former U.S. deputy national security advisor and a Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, moderates a discussion on constructive ways forward with Ghaith al-Omari, former advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team; Nimrod Novik, former senior advisor on foreign policy to the late Shimon Peres and a member of the executive committee at Commanders for Israel's Security; and Suzanne Maloney, vice president and foreign policy program director at the Brookings Institution, whose research focuses on Iran and the broader Middle East and who served on the policy planning staff under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Speakers: Suzanne Maloney, Nimrod Novik, Ghaith al-Omari, Mara Rudman (moderator), Ian Baucom (introduction). This event is sponsored by UVA Global and the Miller Center.

Palestine and Palestinians in Modern History: Denialism & the Question of Genocide

Nau Hall, Room 101

Dr. Ussama Makdisi is Professor of History and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California Berkeley. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and cosponsored by the Departments of History, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Rouhollah Ramazani Chair Fund in Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies.

The Never Again Syndrome: Uses and Misuses of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Global Politics

The Dome Room, The Rotunda

Omer Bartov, the Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University will offer perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict that have not yet been heard on Grounds, particularly (though not limited) to those that bring Palestinian and Arab world contexts and perspectives into the public conversation, as appropriate to our collective expertise. Presented by the Islamic Studies Unit of the Religious Studies Dept.

A Doctor Reports From Gaza

Gibson 341

American plastic surgeon and Virginia resident, Dr. Irfan Galaria, will speak about his recent trip to Gaza as part of a medical mission. Join us as he reports back on what he witnessed as well as helps us think about the ethics and responsibilities of medicine in times of conflict. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies

Why We Choose Dialogue: An Israeli and a Palestinian Share Their stories of Loss and Wish for Peace​

Newcomb Hall - Commonwealth Room

An Israeli and a Palestinian who have lost family members in the conflict will tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in dialogue instead of revenge. Presented by the Parents Circle - Families Forum, a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 700 bereaved families. Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, and facilitated by Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director, Institute for Engagement & Negotiation, and Lecturer, School of Architecture.

Standing Together: A Conversation about Israel


Sally Abed and Alon-Lee Green—leaders of the Israeli Arab-Jewish grassroots movement Standing Together (Omdim Beyachad-Naqif Ma'an)—discuss a vision for a shared, equal, and just society. Facilitated by Rabbi Tom Gutherz (UVA MA in Religious Studies, 2012), organized and hosted by Charlottesville’s Congregation Beth Israel and the New Israel Fund, and co-sponsored by UVA Jewish Studies.

Student Dialogue and Dinner

Bond House

The Karsh Institute of Democracy is hosting a dinner conversation for interested students from across Grounds to participate in an informal, off-the-record conversation about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. The dinner will be facilitated by Kristina Richardson, John L. Nau III Professor of the History and Principles of Democracy and Professor of History and Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, and Noah Salomon, Irfan and Noreen Galaria Research Chair and Associate Professor in Islamic Studies.

Muslim-Jewish Relations

Harrison Auditorium in the Small Special Collections Library

Jessica Andruss, UVA Department of Religious Studies. This event is part of the Learning Together Lunch Series (Jewish Studies). The presentation focuses on Jewish-Muslim relations in the contemporary US, with a focus on college and university campuses. The talk will be followed by open conversation.

Perspectives on Providing Medical Support During Conflict and Chaos

Garrett Hall’s Great Hall

Panel discussion sponsored by the UVA School of Medicine. Moderated by Kirsten Gelsdorf, Professor of Public Policy and Director of Global Humanitarian Policy, Batten School.

European Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Gibson 341

Manuela Achilles, UVA Departments of History and German. This event is part of the Learning Together Lunch Series (Jewish Studies).

A Brief History of the Early Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Newcomb Hall - Commonwealth Room

This talk will offer historical background on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a focus on the early twentieth century. We'll explore the geography of the region, historical events that led to the ongoing conflict, and how different scholars interpret this history. Caroline Kahlenberg, UVA Department of History. Ian Baucom, Executive Vice President and Provost, moderator. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost.