• Hebrew
  • Open to the public

Symposium on Academic Freedom, Research Freedom, and Freedom of Speech

The Van Leer Institute 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem

For more information, contact the Van Leer Institute at: 02-5605222 

On Wednesday January 14, 2013 at 6:30 P.M., IDI and the Van Leer Institute will host a seminar that will explore two recent incidents in which it appears that the government attempted to limit academic freedom for political reasons: the attempt to shut down the political science department of Ben-Gurion University and the cancelation a senior Israeli academic's participation in an international science symposium. The evening will focus on the erosion of the border between politics and academic research.

Chair: Prof. Emeritus Gabriel Motzkin, Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.


  • Dr. Arik Carmon, President of the Israel Democracy Institute
  • Prof. Yaron Ezrachi, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dr. Gabi Avital, Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel
  • Mr. Assaf Sagiv, Shalem Center

Respondent: Prof. Rivkah Feldhay, Tel Aviv University