Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon, founding president and senior fellow of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), is the featured guest lecturer for the Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series held in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston. The Stanford University lecturer for the International Policy Studies Program, Dr. Carmon will speak in Houston at the free two-day series scheduled for January 10 and 11, 2017. The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series was funded as a gift made in memory of Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack, a Holocaust survivor who served as the second executive director of the Museum. Lack was killed in a car accident in 1994, ending several years of service at the Museum. Since its inception in 2006, The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series has featured internationally-known experts discussing “strategically important” issues to current and future generations of Americans. Distinguished lecturers have included famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, political commentator Ronald Brownstein, and best-selling authors Neal Bascomb and Deborah Lipstadt. Dr. Carmon will cover two dynamic topics over the two-day lecture series giving Houstonians an unprecedented opportunity to experience and interface with one of the world’s most renowned experts on Israeli political reform. The series opens with the topic of developing the legacy of the Holocaust as a moral challenge for future generations. “And You Should Tell Your Son” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in the Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater at Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd. in Houston’s Museum District. Day two of the series explores “Religion and Politics in Israel,” focusing on the vulnerability of the secular foundations of Israeli democracy. This closing lecture takes place Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Becker Theater at The Emery/Weiner School, located at 9825 Stella Link Rd. The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Join us for a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. lecture and discussion. Please visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online or contact Natalia Regan at email@example.com or call 713-527-1616.
Arye Carmon is one of Israel's foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) to strengthen the structural and normative foundations of Israeli democracy. Under his leadership, IDI has become a leading think tank with a reputation among policy makers for nonpartisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations. A charismatic leader, Carmon has promoted democracy and political education in the classroom and as a member of the board of numerous national institutions and government committees. The author of five books, he has published and lectured extensively on education, Israeli-Diaspora relations and the Holocaust. Carmon earned his B.A. and M.A. (with distinction) from the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. in European history and educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2009, the State of Israel recognized Carmon's great contributions to the Israeli state and society, awarding IDI the prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He is currently a lecturer for the International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University.