yossi_shain_bProfessor Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he also serves as Head of TAU’s School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs, head of the Abba Eban Graduate Studies Program in Diplomacy and Director of the Frances Brody Institute for Applied Diplomacy. He is also a Full Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University, and the Founding Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization (PJC) at Georgetown. In 2007, he served (pro-bono) as President of Western Galilee College. Shain earned his B.A. (Philosophy-1981 cum laude) and M.A. (Political Science-1983) degrees from Tel Aviv University and received his Ph.D. in Political Science (with distinction) from Yale University in 1988. Shain is the author and editor of 8 books which won wide acclaim, and published numerous articles in academic journals. He also writes newspaper columns including a regular Op-Eds to Yediot Achronot, Israel’s leading daily, and serves as commentator on Israeli and international media. In 2016 Shain was appointed as a member of Israel’s Council for Higher Educational, and he is now heading Israel’s National committee on rejuvenating the liberal arts and the humanities.


Chemi Shalev is a senior columnist and U.S. analyst for the widely respected Haaretz news organization. He has recently returned to Israel after five years in New York, where he served as U.S. editor and correspondent, writing about U.S. politics, U.S.-Israeli relations and the American Jewish community. He will continue to cover these issues and to report and comment on Israeli politics and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process from his home near Tel Aviv. Mr. Shalev writes and lectures in both Hebrew and English. He is published in Haaretz’s print editions as well as on its website in Hebrew, Haaretz.co.il, and English, Haaretz.com. He has been covering Arab-Israeli conflict, US-Israeli relations, Israel’s internal politics and American Jewry for over thirty years. Previously he served as diplomatic correspondent and commentator for several major Israeli dailies, including Maariv, Davar, Yisrael Hayom and Jerusalem Post. Mr Shalev’s columns on American and Israeli affairs are frequently cited in major newspapers throughout the world. He has been a guest-commentator on CNN, BBC, Sky, CBS and other television networks during times of Middle East crisis and has served as CNN’s resident analyst during several Israeli election campaigns. For many years, Shalev was the Jerusalem correspondent for the New York-based Jewish weekly The Forward and has also served as associate editor of the Australian Jewish News. He is married, has three daughters and lives in Givatayim, Israel.


Thursday, 30 March 2017 – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

Munk School of Global Affairs – 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Register: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/22575/

For more information: sylvia.adler@utoronto.ca