Book Launch & Author Talk: Ari Shavit, "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel"


Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South Building, Rm S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Ari ShavitThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program is pleased to present an author talk by

Ari Shavit
Israeli journalist, commentator, and columnist for Haaretz

Moderated by Susan Kahn, Associate Director and Director of the AM Program, CMES; and Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

About the event:

  • A limited number of free copies of My Promised Land will be available on a first come, first served basis to Harvard students attending this talk (please have your Harvard ID available).
  • This is a brown bag (bring-your-own) lunch event. Cookies and beverages provided.

About the author:
Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, 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 Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television. He is married, has a daughter and two sons, and lives in Kfar Shmariahu.

About My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel:
promised landThrough revealing stories of significant events and of ordinary individuals—pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, army generals, peaceniks, settlers, and Palestinians—Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates many of the pivotal moments of the Zionist century that led Israel to where it is today. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, both internal and external, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present.

This event is made possible due to the generous support of the Israel Institute.

Contact: Sarah Meyrick

As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES is partially funding this program with U.S. Department of Education grant funds. The content of this program does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.

See also: Israel, Outreach, 2013-14