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Israel's Public Sphere and the Struggle for a Moral Agenda

SFS Program for Jewish Civilization

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

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The rapid changes in Israel’s demography and socio-economic landscape have generated dramatic shifts in the moral discourse and practice of society. The lack of political coherence and the decline of authoritative institutions have also contributed to a growing plurality regarding the moral agenda. In his talk, Professor Shain will explore the issues that are informing the moral debates in Israeli society and will identify the most significant voices in Israel’s moral cacophony.

Professor Yossi Shain is a professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics and the founding Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. He is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he is also the Head of the Aba Eban Program of Diplomacy, and Co-Chair of the MA Program in Political Leadership.In 2007, he served pro-bono as President of the Western Galilee College.

Prof. Shain earned his B.A. (Philosophy) and M.A. (Political Science) degrees from Tel Aviv University (cum laude) and his Ph.D. (Political Science with distinction) from Yale University in 1988. Since 1989, he has taught Political Science at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Department Head from 1996 to 1999 and the Head of the Hartog School of Government from 2003 to 2007. From 2004 to 2008 he co-directed (with Peter Berkowitz) the Israel Program on Constitutional Government. He held many visiting appointments, including at Yale University, Wesleyan University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Middlebury College. He was also a visiting senior fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and senior visiting fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University. He was recently invited to hold the Koret visiting professorship at the Hoover Institute and in the Spring of 2010 will be a visiting professor at the Science Po, Paris. Prior to his appointment as full professor at Georgetown University in 2002, Prof. Shain was the Aaron and Cecile Goldman visiting professor in the Department of Government from 1999 to 2002.

Professor Shain just finished a book provisionally entitled Moral Hazards: The Language of Corruption and Its Costs in Democracies (published in Hebrew). In addition to his books, Professor Shain has published more than fifty academic articles in edited books and leading academic journals. He also contributed non-academic essays to newspapers and magazines – in Israel and the US – and provides commentaries on television and radio. He has been a regular guest on all major Israeli TV and radio channels, and has appeared on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, PBS, Al-Jazeera International, and The News Hour.

A light lunch will be served. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.


Sponsor: Program for Jewish Civilization

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McCarthy Hall McShain Lounge
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

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