Yossi Klein Halevi, Conflicting Utopias: The Left-Right Struggle in Israel

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Date(s) - 23/07/2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Caulfield Campus, H116, Monash University

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Yossi Klein Halevi photo - by Frederic BrennerYossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

 He is author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, published by HarperCollins in 2013. Like Dreamers was named Best Jewish Book of the Year by the National Jewish Book Council.

 Like DreamersHe is a contributing editor of the New Republic and a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers.

 He is also author of the book, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden:A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. The novelist Cynthia Ozick called it “a permanent masterwork.”

 His first book, published in 1995, was Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. The New York Times called it “of burning importance… Mr. Halevi’s achievment is to make his coming of age in marginal Brooklyn seem a drama central to Jewish life.”

 In fall 2013, he was visiting Professor of Israel Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

 He has been active in Middle East reconciliation work, and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. He was one of the founders of the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists.

 He was a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, from 2004-2010.

 In 2004, he delivered the Isaiah Berlin Memorial Lecture on Middle East Reconciliation at Oxford College, and the Sternberg Lecture on Religion at the Hebrew University.

 In 2005 he served as Author-in-Residence at the University of Illinois.

 He is a frequent  commentator on Israeli and Middle East affairs, interviewed by CNN, BBC, NPR and other media. 

 Born in New York, he has a BA in Jewish Studies from Brooklyn College and a Masters in journalism from Northwestern University.

 He moved to Israel in 1982, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, a landscape designer. They have three children.