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Transitions: Personal and Political (The Bernstein Lecture)

November 02, 2016
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

A lecture and a book signing with writer and activist Yael Dayan.

Yael Dayan was borne in 1939 in Nahalal, a co-operative village in then Mandatory Palestine, to Ruth and Moshe Da-yan. She served three terms as Labor Party Member of the Knesset. In her capacity as a MK, Ms. Dayan initiated and oversaw fundamental legislation protecting and advancing women’s, LGBT individuals’, and minorities’ civil rights. Her main extra-parliamentary political activity included leader-ship of grassroots organizations such as “Peace Now”, advo-cating the end of the occupation, the evacuation of settle-ments, and active dialogue with the Palestinians toward a Two-State Solution. Her activism and leadership have been recognized by several international awards, including the Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Award (1991), the Olof Palme Award for Peace (1998), and, more recently, the Peace Award by the Fondazione Ducci in Rome (2015). In 1995, she was nominated by the French Weekly, “L’express” among the “100 Women Who Make the World Move” and in 1997 was honored by the State of the World Forum as one of the “Women Redefining Leadership”. Ms. Dayan, is the author of eight books (of which six are novels) including New Face in the Mirror, Death Has Two Sons, Sinai Diary-67, and My Fa-ther-His Daughter. In 2014, she published her widely ac-claimed memoir Transitions (originally titled Mi-neged), that has recently appeared in English edition.

A reception will follow the event.

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion & Classics.

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