Ari Shavit, Leading Israeli columnist and author of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1957, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In the 1980s, he wrote for the progressive weekly Kotert Rashit. In the early 1990s, he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and in 1995 he joined Haaretz.
Shavit is well known for his in-depth interviews and thought provoking articles. Among the leading figures with whom he had unique conversations are Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Aharon Barak, Amos Oz, and David Grossman. In recent years, his voice has become one of the most powerful and influential voices in Israel’s public arena. His unique writing, which challenges the dogmas of both right and left, has made him one of the leading political thinkers of the Jewish state.
In 2005 Shavit published Partition — a book exploring the different approaches to conflict, occupation and peace. From 2007 to 2012, he worked on My Promised Land — a major non-fiction book about Israel to be published by Random House during 2013.
Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israel’s public TV Channel 1.
The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum was established in 1991 and endowed by Dr. Shirley Sugerman G ’70, Drew trustee emerita, and other donors. The forum provides a venue for interdisciplinary exchanges between and among scholars, teachers, religious leaders, and members of the larger community interested in exploring issues of interfaith understanding, the diversity of religiously-based ethical perspectives, and the political, social, and cultural conflicts caused by the clash of religious traditions.