Expert on Israeli affairs Professor Kenneth W. Stein, will deliver the 2017 Feinberg lecture, Arab-Israeli Negotiations: Why they worked in the '70s but not now. The Feinberg lecture will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m., in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts located at 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, Calif. 90601. The event is free and open to the public.
With this lecture, Stein hopes to bring a lens to future strategies that might make negotiations more effective.
Stein's expertise focuses on American foreign policy to the Middle East, Arab politics, the origins of modern Israel, and Arab-Israeli negotiations. He is the founder and current director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and president of the Center for Israel Education. Founded in 2007, the Center holds seminars, learning workshops, and curriculum writing and has enriched knowledge and learning related to Israel for more than 2,300 Jewish teachers and rabbis.
Stein is also a professor of contemporary middle eastern history, political science, and Israeli studies at Emory University, where he has taught since 1977. He has authored four books, including the 1999 publication, Heroic Diplomacy, which remains one of several key books on the Egyptian-Israeli negotiations of the 1970's.
The Feinberg Lecture Series is made possible through an endowment established by the late Sheldon Feinberg, a former trustee of Whittier College, and his wife, Betty, in order to invite major scholars to the College to discuss broad historic, religious, and political issues encompassed by Judaism and its role in a changing world.
Previous Feinberg Lecturers include foreign correspondent and television commentator Robin Wright, former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel C. Kurtzer, Dr. Judea Pearl, and Justice Richard Goldberg, among others.