The Moshe Dayan Center's Tel Aviv University Workshop on Israel and the Middle East [TAU Workshop] is an intensive 12-day academic workshop and travel program focusing on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and on contemporary issues related to Israel, the Palestinian territories and the broader Middle East. Each July, a select group of Middle East Studies lecturers from around the world are invited to take part. Among other qualifications, participants must hold a doctorate, must be actively teaching courses relating to the contemporary Middle East, and must have had limited opportunities to travel to Israel.
The speaker's program features many of the most outstanding Israeli and Palestinian academics who present and discuss scholarship on historical and current issues related to Israel and the Middle East. The academic program is enriched by a wide variety of practitioners, including Knesset members, civil servants, diplomats, journalists, map specialists, IDF officers, co-existence leaders and negotiators.
Sessions are held at a wide variety of locations around Israel chosen to enrich the academic content of the session. Participants come away from the program with a deepened understanding of the different perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, with insights into contemporary issues related to Israel and the broader Middle East, and with personal connections to Israeli and Palestinian counterparts and to their fellow participants from around the world.