Academic Courses

In order to to promote academic teaching on multiculturalism in general and in Israel in particular the Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity will offer and support the development of courses on theories of multiculturalism and their critiques and on Israeli society. Given that the future leadership of Israel is trained within its campuses, the Hebrew University sees as its responsibility to develop our students' multicultural sensitivities and tolerance, to make sure students know their society, are critical towards power relations within it and are aware of the variety of points of view.

Avnei Pina Course (Cornerstone program)

Israel is a country of diverse populations who may be differentiated by nationality, religion, religious observance, ethnicity, culture, and more.  The multicultural challenge characterizes the western world in the global era. In Israel the challenge is especially complex since it is an ethnic Jewish nation state. Therefore, Israel faces many crucial questions such as: How much should the majority culture dominate? To what extent should diversity be accommodated?  How much of a voice should the Other have? How can Israel create a common public sphere in which all of these diverse communities can feel a sense of belonging – in which they can connect?  Can there be a national identity or characteristics of a core, shared citizenship with which everyone can identify? Should everyone share a common language? A common educational system? What should be shared - and what should remain separate? These are legal, social and political questions. The course will focus on several case studies from the Israeli reality that will be analyzed using theories of multiculturalism.

Instructor: Michal Barak, executive director of the Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity

Workshops on Multiculturalism

Research workshop: Comparative Aspects of Multiculturalism (2017)


This research workshop is conducted in cooperation with the Sternberg-Tamir Chair in Comparative Cultures held by Prof. Ronit Ricci. Participants are PhD and MA students who research a variety of aspects of multiculturalism. Each session hosts a researcher who presents his/her study that sheds light on issues of multiculturalism in different countries.


The workshop is credited two points



Academic Supervisor: Prof. Barak Medina Academic director of the Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity


Multiculturalism Workshop (2016)

Cultural diversity and minority rights pose major challenges in western democracies and in nation states. A range of disciplines have begun to introduce major theories in relation to these challenges that in turn became the subject of a vibrant discussion in in law, the social sciences, the humanities and even in the life sciences.

The purpose of this workshop is to expose the participants to the research on inter-disciplinary multiculturalism; to introduce the main challenges and dilemmas this approach raises in an effort to create a dialog between the participants and afford an opportunity in which the challenges of diversity and minority rights are considered and evaluated in the realm of an academic setting.

The workshop is credited two points and will be conducted in English.

Classes will be conducted during the spring semester on Mondays at 16:30- 18:00.

Academic Supervisor: Prof. Michael Karayanni Academic director of the Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity and Lea Shakdiel - an educator and social entrepreneur.