Forty internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States will gather in East Lansing later this month for “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity,” co-sponsored by the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program, the Eli Broad College of Business, and a host of other MSU partners.

The Sept. 16–17 conference at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on MSU’s campus commemorates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, and will examine Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation.

Scholars and researchers will come from Michigan State and nine other U.S. universities. The conference also includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and members of non-governmental organizations and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Institute for National Security Studies affiliated with Tel Aviv University.

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending can register at the conference’s Eventbrite page, where a schedule of speakers is also available. Questions may be referred to Amy Shapiro at 517-432-3493.

There is no deadline for registration, but those who want to take advantage of the complimentary meals will need to sign up by Sept. 4.