The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies hosts a variety of Israel Studies events.

Past Events

Water in Israel and the Middle East: "Transboundary Disputes and Collaborative Solutions"

Third Annual Symposium

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall


Israel at 70: Social Fissures, Shared Aspirations

Manual Trajtenberg

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 4:30pm

McCormick Foundation Center Auditorium

In this compelling lecture, Professor Manuel Trajtenberg discussed Israel's economy, society and culture, surveying Israel's past, present and future. Over 100 Chicago-area and Northwestern community members listened attentively as Trajtenberg described the ups and downs the State of Israel has encountered since its birth as a nation in 1948 addressing topics ranging from the challenges of having such a diverse population to benefits of providing physical spaces for early childhood education for all. One of Israel's leading economists, Trajtenberg drew upon his experience in politics and academia for his portrayal of "Israel at 70."


Water in Israel and the Middle East: “Regional Water Sustainability and Resilience”

Second Annual Symposium

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall

Six scholars came together to explore technological solutions to water scarcity, such as desalination and precision agriculture; the socio-political aspects of water security in the Middle East and strategies for international cooperation to achieve water security, peace and health in the region while factoring the added complication of climate change. This interdisciplinary symposium is part of a wider collaboration between the Northwestern Center for Water Research and the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel studies supported by the Buffet institute for Global Studies.

water flyer

Water in Israel and the Middle East - Symposium

May 18, 2016
Harris Hall, Room 108

During this symposium, several international experts discussed the state of water in the Middle East, and potential technological and political solutions to problems with clean water accessibility. These sessions were followed by question and answer sessions with community members, faculty and students.

Water in the Middle East Poster

Between Baghdad and Haifa: A Tribute to Israeli Author Sami Michael

October 7–9, 2015
Northwestern University

This three-day conference "Between Baghdad and Haifa" brought together international scholars to discuss and explore the work and life of award-winning Israeli author Sami Michael. Highlights included an interview between Ha’aretz literary editor Benny Ziffer and Sami Michael in addition to a performance of traditional Iraqi-Jewish music by renowned Israeli musician Yair Dalal.

Poster of Baghdad and Haifa

"2015 Knesset Elections: A Shift in Israeli Politics?"

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Forum Room, McCormick Foundation Center

Prof. Yoram Peri, of the University of Maryland, and Prof. Elie Rekhess, the Crown Center’s Associate Director for Israel Studies, engaged in a panel discussion concerning the platforms, electoral characteristics and voting patterns pertaining to Israel's 20th Knesset election, predicting a potential sea change of power as voters' interests shift and the Arab vote gains seats.

Poster of Knesset Elections

"Gaza and Beyond: Israel, The Palestinians, and the Arab World"

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Forum Room, McCormick Foundation Center

Panel discussion with experts from Brandeis University, Northwestern University and the Chicago Council for Global Affairs.

Watch the video of this discussion on our media page.

Poster of Gaza and Beyond

The Zionist Ideal in Israeli Culture: Dream and Reality

November 17–19, 2013
Northwestern University

The Inaugural Israel Studies Conference highlighted Israeli music and dance, theater, visual art, literature, and cinema, and included an interview with Dror Moreh, Director of The Gatekeepers, and a performance by the Tel-Aviv MultiPiano Ensemble.

Zionist Ideal Poster

Israel at Sixty, Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of the Jewish State

May 18–19, 2008
Northwestern University

Israel at 60 poster