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2004: Societies Coping with Crisis - The Canadian and Israeli Responses

Societies Coping with Crisis: The Canadian and Israeli Responses
10th Bienniel Jerusalem Conference in Canadian Studies (2004)
Arie ShacharTogether with its partner, the Israel Association for Canadian Studies, the Halbert Centre held its 10th Bienniel Jerusalem conference in Canadian Studies from June 27 until July 1, 2004. The conference centred around the theme: "Societies Coping with Crisis: The Israeli and Canadian Responses". Most sessions focused on aspects of this theme from different perspectives, including: public policy, international relations and political science, university campuses, literature, geography and urban planning, ethics, demography, communications, economy and history. The field of psychology also featured strongly this year, a field fairly new to the biennial conferences.
Prof. Iris Geva-May was featured as keynote speaker at the conference. Prof. Geva-May, of the department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, spoke on the subject of: "Societies Coping with Crisis: Importance of Comparative Public Policy - The Case of Canada and Israel".

Special events included a screening of the movie "Discordia" which complemented a unique plenary session on the subject, a lunch lecture by Mr. Ari Shavit, an Israeli columnist for the Ha'aretz Daily Newspaper, entitled: "Israeli Society Facing Up to the Challenge of Terrorism", an evening tour and reception at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and a half-day field trip around the capital entitled "Jerusalem Under Stress". The field trip was preceded by a lecture given at the closing lunch by Ambassador Jill Sinclair, Canadian Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, entitled "Middle East Peace: Process or Crisis? A Canadian Perspective".

Over 150 people attended the 4-day event, including more than sixty presenters. The majority were Israeli, close to half were Canadian, and the rest originated from India, Mexico and the United States. Sixty-two papers were presented at the conference.