Author Ari Shavit Discusses 'The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel' At Vassar

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Acclaimed Israeli journalist/author Ari Shavit will discuss "The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel" on Tuesday, April 5, at Vassar College in the Students' Building second-floor auditorium.

Ari Shavit

Ari Shavit

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Shavit wrote the critically acclaimed 2013 New York Times bestseller “My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel," which combines interviews, memoir and straightforward history to relate Israel’s story.

His discussion will cover current Israeli matters, including the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Shavit is known for challenging the dogmas of both the political right and left on the roles of Israel and Zionism in the 21st century. 

Since 1995, he has written for Israel’s newspaper of record Haaretz, where he currently serves as a columnist and editorial board member.

He is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television. In the 1980s, he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, and in the early 1990s, he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

This event will start at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Jewish Studies program.

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