Internationally renowned Israeli journalist Ari Shavit will embark on a national, yearlong U.S. and Canadian tour of more than two-dozen college campuses next month sponsored by Hillel International.
His first stops will be at Yale University and Brown University and at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Hillel International and Shavit decided to focus his speaking tour exclusively on college campuses in order to engage as many students and academics as possible for an open dialogue about Israel and the Middle East. Shavit intends to present his views about the past, present and future of Israel and the region. He is best-selling author of “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.”
In announcing this major national tour, Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut said, “We are very proud to partner with and bring Ari Shavit to the U.S. His voice is an important one that needs to be widely heard by college students, university faculty and administrators all across America. As one of Israel’s preeminent social and political commentators, his unique perspectives on an exceptionally wide array of issues will be a catalyst for conversations among faculty and students. We are grateful to those individuals and foundations who are helping us sponsor this tour.”
Shavit, who is a columnist and editorial board member with Haaretz, is scheduled to speak at Yale on November 3 and 4, Brown on November 5, and the University of California-Santa Barbara on December 1 and 2. Additional dates throughout the rest of the 2014-15 academic year are forthcoming.
“In recent years the Israel debate has stirred American campuses,” Shavit said. “In the last year, the Middle East has become relevant once again as it flounders and spirals out of control. It is my hope that this tour of dozens of universities throughout North America will promote a deeper, better informed and far more balanced discussion of Israel and the Middle East. As the great American democracy and the frontier Israeli democracy face dramatic challenges, we should all be engaged in a profound, free and civilized discussion of the past, present and future of the Promised Land."