The Palestinian-Israeli Tragedy: Why is a Solution so Elusive?
Yossi Klein Halevi to deliver 37th Annual Effron Lecture
POUGHKEEPSIE (Oct. 14, 2013) – Yossi Klein Halevi, author and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, will speak on the the question of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and why a solution has been so hard to find when he delivers the 37th Annual William and Sadie Effron Lecture in Jewish Studies at Marist College.
Halevi is a contributing editor of the New Republic and a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. A visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, he is often interviewed on Israeli and Middle East affairs by international media including CNN, BBC, and NPR.
His new book, "Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation," was released earlier this month and has been called “the Israeli epic” by Michael Oren, Israel’s U.S. ambassador. His book "At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land" was hailed as “a permanent masterwork” by novelist Cynthia Ozick. The New York Times called his first book, "Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist," “of burning importance … Mr. Halevi’s achievement is to make his coming of age in marginal Brooklyn seem a drama central to Jewish life.”
Mr. Halevi also has been active in Middle East reconciliation work. Born in New York, he holds a BA in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.
About the William and Sadie Effron Lecture in Jewish Studies
The Effrons are longtime civic and cultural leaders in the Poughkeepsie community. The lecture series was established in 1976 to raise awareness at Marist and in the community of Jewish history, culture, and current affairs.