Archive for April, 2010

Apr 28 2010

A cause for optimism

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April 28, 2010  Jerusalem Post

What distinguishes the University of Haifa from all other institutions of higher learning here? For one thing, its library is the only library in the country to contain the entire writings of Mahatma Gandhi. This recent acquisition can be credited to Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna who presented university president Aaron Ben-Ze’ev with this gift of manuscripts. The collection includes 100 volumes, some of which are rare, and difficult to come by. 

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Apr 27 2010

Writings of Mahatma Gandhi donated to the University of Haifa

receiving-gandhis-manuscripts-1Indian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Navtej Sarna presented President of the University of Haifa, Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, with a unique and significant gift: the entire writings of Mahatma Gandhi. The University of Haifa’s library will be the only library in all of Israel to hold the entire collection of these manuscripts written by the great Indian philosopher and leader. “It is very easy to follow Gandhi’s teachings in times of peace; the challenge is to follow his teachings in times of conflict,” Prof. Ben-Ze’ev said upon receiving the volumes. Continue Reading »

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Apr 26 2010

Mental Illness: Stigma and its Consequences

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bruce-linkProf. Bruce Link of the Columbia University School of Public Health defines the term stigma as it has evolved over the past 6 decades and examines the consequences of stigmas for people with mental illness.

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Apr 26 2010

Bring the Boys Home

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April 2010  The Jerusalem Report

This ['Hatufim' ("Kidnapped")] series is ‘real reality,’ as opposed to fictional reality, like ‘Big Brother,’ ‘The Biggest Loser’ or ‘Super Nanny’ because it corresponds with a reality that is current today and also inthe past,” says Prof. Gabriel Weimann of Haifa University, an expert on media, tells The Jerusalem Report. “It brings up questions we don’t talk about but should: What happens to prisoners after they come home? What price are we willing to pay for their freedom? What are the limits of loyalty?”

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Apr 25 2010

Asian Studies Conference

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The University of Haifa’s Department of Asian Studies is hosting the Ninth Annual Israeli Asian Studies Conference, which will include key lectures by experts in Asian history, philosophy, economy and culture. The conference aims to provide a stage for scholars of Asia from Israel and abroad to present their research and to discuss a wide range of topics cutting through historical periods and academic disciplines. Continue Reading »

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Apr 25 2010

Silence, Fear and Attachments

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rajesh-jainMr. Rajesh Jain of New Delhi University discusses his current research into understanding silence due to fear in the organizational setting, and the role that attachment plays in the development of fear.

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Apr 25 2010

Israel’s Druse celebrate at Prophet Jethro’s grave

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April 25, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

Dr. Sayid Azzam of Usfiya . . . heads the Druse Research and Archive Section within the University of Haifa’s Jewish-Arab Center, which he established in 1974, and was until his retirement two years ago the supervisor over the Druse heritage studies in the Education Ministry, a position he held for 35 years. “The Druse religion first appeared in history approximately 1,000 years ago, in the time of Caliph al-Hakim in Egypt,” Azzam told The Jerusalem Post over the weekend. “The religion accepts the prophets of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, but adds new interpretations and other prophets as well. Much of the religion derives from exegesis of Islamic teachings, but reinterprets issues such as marriage – polygamy is prohibited among Druse, for example, as is the option of a couple that divorced remarrying.”

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Apr 25 2010

Can a spiritual organization remain viable over time?

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y-oezyWhy does a successful organization collapse after five years of activity? Prof. Yochanan Altman (Great Britain and Université Paris II), presents the development of an organization and the structural difficulties that spiritual organizations face.

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Apr 22 2010

Did Bush save America?

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April 22, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

Ofer Israeli, a visiting researcher at the University of Haifa’s Center for Peace and Security Studies within Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, writes: A year or so after his leaving office seems like a good opportunity to evaluate the George W. Bush presidency. Unanimously, the war against terrorism declared by Bush following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks was the most significant act taken by his administration. It has also, for better or worse, strongly shaped American politics and foreign policy ever since. Along with the actions and counteractions the declaration itself initiated, and alongside the troublesome results of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush declaration also changed the course of history, successfully confronting a serious but hidden threat to the US. Clearly, if there is a single act that placed America back on track as the world’s leading power, it is that declaration.

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Apr 22 2010

Bias, branding and Bar Refaeli; The Israeli PR debate

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April 22, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

If the divergent opinions expressed at a conference on hasbara held in Haifa last week were any indication, the jury’s still out. University of Haifa communications professor Eli Avraham described the ideal hasbara as a process of “controlling the message” and reaching out to different target audiences in different ways, to change the image of Israel in the world. Avraham highlighted a number of campaigns launched in the past, including ones that focused on Israel as a sun-and-sea destination replete with bikini-clad women; a Maximmagazine photo shoot of female IDF  soldiers out of uniform, and a campaign that stressed Israel’s tolerance of its gay community. All of these, Avraham said, were  efforts to “soften” Israel’s image abroad.

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