• Open to the public
  • Hebrew

The Public Intellectual in Israel

This conference will examine the Israeli public intellectual’s place in public discourse, from a historical and contemporary perspective as well as various ways of cultivating public intellectuals.

8:45 – 9:00 Reception

9:00 – 9:15 Opening remarks: Prof. Shahar Lifshitz, The Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Shuki Friedman, Director of the Center for Religion and State, Israel Democracy Institute, Peres Academic Center

 9:15 – 11:00 First Session: The Public Intellectual in Israel. Moderator: Mr. Orel Sharp

Prof. Anita Shapira, Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University

Dr. Meir Buzaglo, Department of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Hanoch Dagan, Senior Fellow, The Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

Mr. Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Planning, Equality & Shared Society at the Givat Haviva Center and a Research Fellow at the Hartman Institute

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:45 Second Session: Developing Public Intellectuals. Moderator: Ms. Orit Malka

Dr. Daniel Polisar, President of the Shalem College

Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education; Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Yedidia Stern, Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Yuli Tamir, President of Shenkar College; Former Minister of Education

12:45 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 15:00 Third Session: One on One

Ms. Malka Piotrkowsky, a woman of Torah and education teaches Gemara and Halachah.
Interviewer: MrOriah Mevorach

Mr. Yoram Meltzer, writer, translator, essayist, editor of "Alexon" and critic of Israeli culture and literature Interviewer: Ms. Yael Fish

Dr. Ruth Calderon, former MK; Senior researcher at the Hartman Institute and a staff member at the Mandel Leadership Institute

Interviewer: Mr. Noam Hoffman

Rabbi Chaim Navon, Rabbi, writer and publicist

Interviewer: Mr. David Sabato

The facilitators and interviewers at this conference are fifth-year fellows of the Israel Democracy Institute's "Human Rights and Judaism" program