April 15, 2010
Israeli Journalist and Author Yossi Klein Halevi
to Speak at La Salle University’s
Diplomat-in-Residence Program April 20
Yossi Klein Halevi, contributing editor and Israel correspondent of the New Republic, will be the featured speaker at La Salle University’s Diplomat-in-Residence Program (DRP) on Tuesday, April 20. His talk, Israel and Palestine: A Just Peace and the Two-State Solution, is free and open to the public.
“The Middle East is at the center of U.S. policy right now, said Cornelia Tsakiridou, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy at La Salle and Director of the DRP Program. “We are seeing an emerging shift in the U.S. view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—a focus on the national security interest, and a resolution has become more pressing.”
Halevi’s talk follows a DRP lecture last month by Hanan Ashrawi, Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “We felt it was very important to address both sides of the conflict,” said Tsakiridou.
Active in Middle Eastern reconciliation efforts, Halevi served as chairman of Open House, an Arab-Jewish educational project in Ramle, Israel. He was a founder and board member of the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists. Formerly a senior fellow for the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center, he is now a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Halevi is the author of the 2001 book At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, and the 1995 book Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. He is currently writing a book about the Israeli paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem in 1967.
Halevi’s talk will be from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Dan Rodden Theatre in the La Salle Union Building. For additional information, call 215.951.1015.
This program is made possible, in part, by support from the B’nai B’rith Lecture Bureau.