Bar-Ilan University hosts Chicago Summit 2012

The world is at a crucial crossroads and the Middle East, and Israel in particular is at its junction. The Bar-Ilan School of Communication of Israel is organizing a week of events in Chicago and the suburbs beginning Tuesday, May 1 and continuing through Sunday May 6.

Just a few days before the NATO summit will take place in Chicago, participants will have the opportunity to listen to academic experts and ask them the questions they need answered.  Bar-Ilan is reaching out to Jews and Christians; men and women; and people of different nationalities, who will be impacted by current events and where they may lead.   The six-day event features presentations, lectures and panel discussions.  A complete schedule of dates, speakers, topics and locations for Today's Middle East: Challenges, Leadership, Communications is listed below.   Advance reservations are required for some events and the public is encouraged to contact individual venues to reserve a seat.  

Participating speakers for Chicago Summit 2012 include:

Yaffa Zilbershats, Deputy President of Bar Ilan University. Professor Zilbershats oversees the university's development, public relations and communications operations, and brings a keen understanding of the strategic importance of positioning Bar-Ilan University in the Israeli and international communities.

Eytan Gilboa, Director of the School of Communication, Bar-Ilan University.   Professor Gilboa is a world-renowned expert on international communication, public diplomacy and U.S. policy in the Middle East.   His most recent book is US-Israel Relations in a New Era: Issues and Challenges after 9/11.

Sam Lehman-Wilzig, a professor at Bar-Ilan University who specializes in New Media, with particular emphasis on their social and political ramifications.   His courses include "Internet Revolution", " New Media: Technology & Society", "The Life Cycle of New Media" and "The Information Age".

Guy J. Golan is an associate professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication's Public Diplomacy graduate program at Syracuse University.   His research focuses on International political communication and public diplomacy examining such topic as issue management, mediated public diplomacy and global public opinion.

Charles Lipson and Tom Ginsburg, professors at the University of Chicago, are also featured along with several other scholars.

Eighteen organizations are supporting Chicago Summit 2012.   Partners include: The University of Chicago;  the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce;  JCRC,; Israel Bonds;   B'nei Ruven Synagogue;   Hellenic Republic, Consul of Greece;   National Strategy Forum;   Hellenic American Leadership Council;   The Decalogue Society of Lawyers;   Jewish Judges Association;   The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest;  the Anti Defamation League (ADL);   B'nai Tikva Jewish Northshore Community Synagogue;   the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago;   Friends of Israel;   StandWithUs;  Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel;   Lake Shore Drive Synagogue; and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.     

Today's Middle East: Challenges, Leadership, Communication Calendar of Events:

Commerce, New Media, Israel                   
Professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig                   
Tuesday, May 1, 8-9:30 a.m.                 
Bank Leumi Chicago, 1 N. LaSalle, Suite 200, Chicago, IL   60602, (312) 781-1800

Public Diplomacy as a Tool in Israel Advocacy               
Professor Eytan Gilboa                      
Tuesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.                 
Jewish United Fund, 30 S. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-346-6700

The New Anti-Semitism - How Does it Affect Us?             
Professor Eytan Gilboa & Dr. Shai Har-El                  
Tuesday, May 1, 8 - 9:30 p.m.                 
B'nei Ruven Synagogue, 6350 North Whipple, West Rogers Park, Chicago, IL  60659, (773) 743-5434

Greece, Israel and the United States - An Emerging Trilateral Alliance in the Middle East    
Professor Eytan Gilboa & Dr. Endy Zemenides, Attorney at Law           
Wednesday, May 2, 9 - 10:30 a.m.               
Greek Islands, 200 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661, (312) 782-9855

The Use & Abuse of International Law: The Case for Israel           
Professor Eytan Gilboa, Professor Yaffa Zilbershats & Professor Tom Ginsburg       
Wednesday, May 2, 12 - 2 p.m.               
Decalogue Luncheon, John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 427-2737

Today's Middle East Challenges, Leadership, Communication - Chicago Summit     
Professor Eytan Gilboa and Professor Yaffa Zibershats             
Wednesday, May 2, 7 - 10 p.m.               
Cocktail reception hosted by Consul General Orli and Amos Gil

Israel Brandjacked? - The De-legitimization and Demonization of Israel and How to Combat it  
Professor Eytan Gilboa and Professor Guy Golan               
Thursday, May 3, 12 - 1:30 p.m.                 
Law firm of Drinker Biddle, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL  60606  (312) 569-1295

Faith to Faith - Engaging Religion in the Middle East Peace Process         
Dr. Shai Har-El and Professor Eytan Gilboa               
Thursday, May 3, 8- 9 p.m.                
B'nai Tikva Jewish Northshore Community Synagogue, 1558 Wilmot Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015  847 945 0470

The United States, Israel and Poland: Two Versions of Special Ties         
Professor Eytan Gilboa                     
Friday, May 4, 8- 9:30 a.m.                 
Polish Consulate, 1530 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL   60610  (312) 337-8166

Paradoxes of Religion and State in Israel               
Professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig                    
Friday, May 4, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.                 
Trinity Evangelical Seminary, 2065 Half Day Road,  Deerfield, Il   60015  (847) 945-8800

New Middle East - New Media                
Professor Charles Lipson, Professor Eytan Gilboa, Professor Tom Ginsburg, Dr. David Benson  
Friday, May 4, 2-3:30 p.m.
University of Chicago, Kent Hall, Room 107, Political Science Building, Chicago, IL  60637 (773) 702-1234

The Arab Spring - What's Next?                     
Professor Charles Lipson, Professor Eytan Gilboa, Professor Tom Ginsburg       
Friday, May 4, 3:30. - 5:00 p.m.                
University of Chicago, Kent Hall, Room 107, Political Science Building, Chicago, IL  (773) 702-1234

Shabbat Dinner - Shifting Alliances in the Middle East                   
Professor Eytan Gilboa                       
Friday, May 4, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.                         
Anshe Sholom, B'nai Israel, 540 West Melrose, Chicago, IL  60657  (773) 248-9200

The d'var torah, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim              
Professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig                    
Saturday, May 5, 10:30 - 11 a.m.                        
Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, 70 East Elm Street,  Chicago, Il 60611, (312) 337-6811

Luncheon - Israel Media in the Spotlight               
Professor Eytan Gilboa                                 
Saturday, May 5, 1 - 2 p.m.                     
Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, 70 East Elm Street, Chicago, IL  60611, (312) 337-6811

The Media Treatment of Israel                    
Professor Eytan Gilboa and Dr. Michael Kotzin                
Sunday, May 6, 10 - 10:45 p.m.                     
Elaine Frank JCC, 23280 Old McHenry Road, Lake Zurich, IL  60047, 847.726.0800

Mid East, Mid West - Conclusions                        
Professor Eytan Gilboa                             
May 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.                
Riverwoods, IL 

For more information, please visit the Bar-Ilan University's website at   The calendar of events can be found on

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