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Board of
Governors Meeting

Program for the 47th Board Meeting

(Program is subject to change)


May 14–17, 2017







Sunday, May 14, 2017              


3:00 p.m.            

Lecture under the Auspices of the Robert St. John Chair in Objective Middle East Reporting: 

organized by the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy

Truth Under Siege: Reporting in the Age of Alternative Facts
Speaker: Journalist Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg News, Israel
Moderator: Prof. Lynn Schler, Department of Politics and Government
Helen Diller Family Center, Room 109


3:30 p.m.              

Finance Committee Meeting

Chairperson: Dvora Tomer, Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Committee

W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall          


5:45 p.m.              

Tour of Beer-Sheva

Driving tour highlighting the city's growth and development,

followed by a walking tour of the Old City with an emphasis on art and culture

Departure from the bus stop behind the Zlotowski Student Center


8:00 p.m.              

Welcome Dinner Hosted by President Prof. Rivka Carmi

Lauder Center, Old City of Beer-Sheva

(For registered participants)



Monday, May 15, 2017


10:00 a.m.             

Opening Plenary Session of the 47th Board of Governors Meeting


Alexander M. Goren, Chairman of the Board of Governors

Prof. Zvi HaCohen, Rector

Ori Rath, Chairman  of the Student Union

Counting Up to 50 – Opening Presentation:
Prof. Rivka Carmi, President

Joya Claire Sonnenfeldt Auditorium


12:00 p.m.                     

Working Lunch for Board Members with President Prof. Rivka Carmi

Barkan Conference Hall, Zlotowski Student Administration Building      

(For registered participants)    


2:00 p.m.              

Concert in Memory of Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann

Performed by the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Members of the Chamber Music Course at BGU

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem K. 626

Ariel Zuckermann, Conductor

Talia Or, Soprano

Avital Deri, Alto

Eitan Drori, Tenor

Oded Reich, Bass

The Tel Aviv Collegium Singers

Joya Claire Sonnenfeldt Auditorium


3:30 p.m.              

Annual Zlotowski Event

Public Reading by Author Nicole Krauss, USA

Distinguished Visitor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, BGU

Presentation of the Zlotowski Admission Awards for Outstanding Students

Moderator: Prof. Steve Rosen, Vice-President for External Affairs

W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall


5:00 p.m.              

Dedication of the Aron Bernstein Chair in Jewish History

Incumbent: Prof. Hanna Yablonka, Department of Jewish History

Panel: New and Fascinating Aspects in Holocaust Research

Showcasing BGU students and alumni from the Department of Jewish History:

Tehilla Malka

Dr. Amir Peleg

Dalit Danenberg

Moderator: Prof. Chaim Hames, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall


6:30 p.m.              

Ceremony Recognizing the University's New and Most Loyal Supporters

Plaza adjacent to the Ben-Gurion Wall


8:00 p.m.              

Student Evening sponsored by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Student Performances, Personal Encounters, and Auction of Student Projects

Suzanne Zlotowski Garden

(For registered participants)



Tuesday, May 16, 2017


9:00 a.m.              

Inauguration of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Software and Information

Systems Engineering  and Cyber Security Building 

in the presence of Carole and Marcus Weinstein, USA

Dedication of the Carole Weinstein Chair in Information Systems Engineering

Incumbent: Prof. Bracha Shapira, Chair, Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering 

Moderator: Prof. Dan Blumberg, Vice-President and Dean for Research & Development 

Carole and Marcus Weinstein Software and Information Systems Engineering

and Cyber Security Building


10:15 a.m.             

Unveiling of the Sculpture The Acrobats

by Theo Tobiasse

in the presence of Catherine Faust-Tobiasse, France

Moderator: Prof. Steve Rosen, Vice-President for External Affairs

Adjacent to the Abraham Ben David Ohayon Behavioral Sciences Complex


11:00 a.m.             

Presentation of the University's Year in Review to the Board of Governors

Screening of the Documentary Film Ben-Gurion, Epilogue,

Marking David Ben-Gurion's 130th Birthday, and Conversation with the Producer Yael Perlov

Abraham Ben David Ohayon Behavioral Sciences Complex


1:00 p.m. 



3:00 p.m.              

Dedication of the Michael Feige Career Development Chair in Israeli Society

in the presence of the Feige Family

Incumbent: Dr. Ben Herzog, Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism

Moderator: Prof. Ofer Shiff, Head of Research Hub,

World Jewry in Israel, Center for Israel Studies

W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall


4:30 p.m.              

Irene and Hyman Kreitman Annual Memorial Lecture

Reflections on a Life of Purpose
Former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard

Moderator: Prof. Sharon Pardo, Chair, Department of Politics and Government and The Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society

W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall


7:30 p.m.                  

Conferment Ceremony of Honorary Doctoral Degrees upon:

Prof. Linda B. Buck, USA

Hon. Julia Gillard, Australia

Prof. Eric S. Lander, USA

Ellen S. Marcus, USA

Prof. Stanley B. Prusiner, USA

Carole and Marcus Weinstein, USA

Joya Claire Sonnenfeldt Auditorium 

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Udi Garden

Warm clothing recommended



Wednesday, May 17, 2017


9:00 a.m.                

Travel to Sede Boqer


10:00 a.m.              

Ceremony Marking the Establishment of the Center for Israel Studies

in the presence of Danna Azrieli, Chair, Azrieli Group and Azrieli Foundation Israel

Panel: Promoting Research on Israel and Revitalizing Related Public Discourse

Featuring research fellows from the Center for Israel Studies, Ben-Gurion Research Institute:

Adi Sherzer, PhD Student

Dr. Tanya Zion-Waldoks, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Dvir Tzur, Researcher

Moderator: Dr. Paula Kabalo, Director, Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism

George Evens Family Auditorium

11:30 a.m.             

Annual Review: Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

Prof. Boris Zaltzman, Director


Dr. Muhammad Bashouti, Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research

Dr. Vered Tzin, French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands

Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research

George Evens Family Auditorium


12:30 p.m.

Personal Encounters and Lunch with Students from the Albert Katz International School

for Desert Studies

Return to Hotel



4:00 p.m. 

Coffee and Refreshments
Leonardo Negev Hotel Lobby


7:30 p.m.

Festive Closing Evening of the Board of Governors Meeting
Banquet and Dance 
Plaza adjacent to the Jusidman Science Center for Youth

(For registered participants)

Warm clothing recommended




Additional Events

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11:45 a.m. 
Keynote Lecture: On the "Listening Guide"
Prof. Carol Gilligan, New York University
Distinguished Visitor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, BGU
Chair: Shir Daphna-Tekoah, Ashkelon Academic College
This lecture is held as part of the Israel Science Foundation Research Workshop Listening to Narratives of Security and in-Security – Feminist Methodologies and Activism (May 14–16, 2017)
Oren Hall, Kreitman Building

Monday, May 15, 2017

8:00 a.m
AABGU Reception
Leonardo Negev Hotel

5:45 p.m. 
Lecture: What Can the Bible Teach Us Today about Leadership? What Types of Leaders Were Abraham, Joseph, and Moses?
Paul Ohana, France
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership Building, Room 115

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7:00 a.m. 
AABGU Board Meeting 
Leonardo Negev Hotel

10:30 a.m. 
1st Annual NIBN Symposium: Highlights in Biomedical Research
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Prof. Stanley B. Prusiner
12:00 p.m. Lecture by Prof. Linda B. Buck
2:00 p.m.  Lecture by Prof. Eric S. Lander
The Edgar de Picciotto Family National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev Building, Auditorium 002

4:15 p.m. 
Lecture: Joining the Resistance
Prof. Carol Gilligan, New York University
Chair: Dr. Ayelet Harel-Shalev, The Conflict Management and Resolution Program and the Department of Politics and Government
Auditorium in the Abraham Ben David Ohayon Behavioral Sciences Complex

6:00 p.m. 
Authors in Conversation: Jewish / Israeli Women Writing 
Addresses: Nicole Krauss, USA, and Zeruya Shalev, Israel
Moderator: Prof. Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Sara Tadmor Auditorium, Deichmann Building for Community Action

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1:30 p.m.  
Chairman's Council Meeting
Rotem Hall, Zlotowski Student Administration Building
(For members only)


Ongoing Exhibitions

"Tseno Ureno": Israeli Women Artists Reflect on Their Religious and Gender Identity
Curated by the students of the curatorship course, Department of the Arts, under the guidance of Prof. Haim Maor
Senate Gallery, George Shrut Visitors Center, Samuel and Milada Ayrton
University Center

Art in Migration
Curated by Prof. Haim Maor and Prof. Julia Mirsky
Avraham Baron Art Gallery, Zalman Aranne Central Library

The History of Medicine and Science: The Physician as Artisan, Scientist and Ethicist
Regina and Charles Fisher Gallery, Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School

Eliahu Gat
Curated by Ron Bartosh
Trumpeldor Gallery, 19 Trumpeldor St., Old City, Beer-Sheva