The Conference Program (Israel Time)

Registration

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October Wednesday
Registration for DAY 1

Moderator: Tali Moreno, News Anchor

17:00 | Introductory Remarks

Moderator: Tali Moreno, News anchor

Yohanan Plesner, President, Israel Democracy Institute
Ariel Ezrahi, Representing the Ezrahi Family and the
Conference Steering Committee

 

President of the State of Israel, Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin

17:20 | Prof. Yaron Ezrahi: Teacher, Thinker, “Mensch” 

Prof. Ruth HaCohen (Pinczower), the Arthur Rubinstein
Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Senior Fellow, Israel
Democracy Institute
Prof. Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School

17:40 | The Future of Inter-Relations among Branches of Government in Israel

Avi Nissenkorn, Minister of Justice
MK Gideon Sa’ar, Likud
Prof. Aharon Barak, Former President of the Supreme Court

Interviews by:

Prof. Yuval Shany, Vice President of Research, Israel
Democracy Institute
Prof. Suzie Navot, Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies

 


18:40 | The Future of Inter-Relations among Branches of Government in Israel: Respondents Panel

MK Keren Barak, Likud
MK Ayman Odeh, Joint list
MK Ofer Shelah, Yesh Atid

19:10 | The Yaron Ezrahi Memorial Lecture: “Science Versus Democracy”
In partnership with the Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector, Central
European University
Respondent: Dr. Dana Blander, Researcher, Israel
Democracy Institute

20:00 | Closing Remarks 

Yohanan Plesner, President, Israel Democracy Institute

29

October Thursday
Registration for DAY 2

First Session: Drafting Policy for Education for Democracy


10:30 | Introductory Remarks

MK Ram Shefa, Blue and White; Chair of the Knesset Education, Culture & Sports Committee
Dr. Tammy Hoffman, Director, Education Policy, Israel Democracy Institute

 


 

10:45 | Education for Democracy: Challenges in Policy Implementation

Dr. Tammy Hoffman, Director, Education Policy, Israel Democracy Institute, in conversation with Michal Cohen, Director-General, Rashi Foundation; former Director-General, Ministry of Education

 


 

11:15 |  Education for Democracy in Israel: A Sectoral Perspective

Chair: Att. Avital Rosenberger, Israeli Hope Education Program

 

Prof. Khaled Abu Asba, Director of the Masar Institute for Social Research, Planning and Counseling; Senior Lecturer, Arab-American University
Prof. Tamar Ariav, Education for Values Committee, The Initiative for Applied Education Research; former President of Beit Berl College
Etti Binder, Chief Supervisor of the Ultra-Orthodox District, Ministry of Education
Ruhama Gebel Radman, Director-General, Yesodot Association
Att. Yael Ne’eman, Director-General, Lautman Foundation

Respondents:

Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute
Prof. Ismael Abu Saad, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Questions from the audience

Second Session: Strengthening the Press in a World of Economic and Political Threats
In partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel office


17:00 | Introductory Remarks

Dr. Yoaz Hendel, Minister of Communications
Dr. Alexander Brakel, Head of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel office

 


 

17:10 

Ben Smith, Media Columnist, The New York Times, and former Founding Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News, in conversation with Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, Senior Fellow and Head of the Democracy in the Information Age Project, Israel Democracy Institute

 


 

17:40 | The Press Market in Israel: Between Professionalism and Economic Survival

Chair: Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, Senior Fellow and Head of the Democracy in the Information Age Project, Israel Democracy Institute

Alona Baron, Directorate Chair and Publisher of Globes
Golan Yochpaz, Journalist and News Editor; former General Manager of ‘News 13’
Att. Noga Rubinstein, Partner, Krispin Rubinstein
Blecher Law Firm; former Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Communications
Guy Rolnik, Deputy Publisher of Haaretz; Founding Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Marker’

live Live broadcast on the website of the Israel Democracy Institute

* The first day will be held in English and Hebrew (with translation) and the second day in Hebrew only.

About the Yaron Ezrahi Conference on Democracy

The Israel Democracy Institute is honored to join with the Ezrahi family in commemorating the late Prof. Yaron Ezrahi’s extraordinary contributions to Israeli public life, by inaugurating a major annual international conference on democracy to be held in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yaron’s academic home.

The inaugural conference, to be held online on October 28-29, 2020, will drive an informed, non-partisan debate about the common challenges facing democracies everywhere in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and the troubling rise of populism. Decision-makers, policy experts, and scholars from Israel and around the world will engage in an exchange of ideas and best practices. A kickoff web event held on June 30, 2020, featured the Right Honorable Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, in a fascinating conversation with Pulitzer Prize laureate Thomas L. Friedman on the future of liberal democracy in the post-pandemic era.

In keeping with Yaron’s legacy as an educator and public intellectual, the conference will serve both as a platform for debate among thought leaders, and an avenue of outreach and education to the general public. It will feature a strong focus on education for democratic citizenship and vigorous engagement of traditional and digital media. Over time, we anticipate that this conference will be recognized as one of the most prominent global forums for discussion of the challenges facing contemporary liberal democracy, from the unique vantage point of Israel’s young and challenged democracy.

The conference is held in collaboration with the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Israel office)

In memory of Prof. Yaron Ezrahi

1940-2019

One of Israel’s most prominent and original political thinkers and intellectuals, Yaron Ezrahi (1940-2019) was among the founding fellows of IDI, where he served as a Senior Fellow for over a decade, and inspired a generation of young scholars. While at IDI, Yaron made critical contributions to a draft constitution for the State of Israel, worked to ensure freedom of the press, and co-founded (with Uzi Benziman) the Seventh Eye, Israel’s premier journal for discussion of the challenges facing the media.

To this day, the Institute’s mission, values and programs continue to be shaped by his legacy. Yaron studied at Harvard University, to which he returned as a visiting professor. He was a Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for many years, raising a generation of talented students, many of whom have left their mark in both the academic and policy arenas.

Yaron was an expert of international renown on the impact of science and technology on democratic societies. His other academic work focused on the intersection of democracy art and culture, tensions between nationalism and liberalism in Israel and beyond, internal threats to democracy, the role of a free press, and the challenges it faces. In recent years he probed the democratic imagination, examining its role in renewing democracies in decline.

Conference speakers

Reuven Rivlin

President of the State of Israel

Yohanan Plesner

President of the Israel Democracy Institute

Ariel Ezrahi

Director of Energy, Office of the Quartet

Prof. Ruth HaCohen (Pinczower)

The Arthur Rubinstein Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer

Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute and Professor (Emeritus) and former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School

Tali Moreno

News Anchor

Avi Nissenkorn

Minister of Justice, Knesset Member Kaḥol Lavan party, former Chair of the Histadrut Labor Union

MK Gideon Sa’ar

Former Minister of Education & Former Minister of Interior

Prof. Aharon Barak

Former President of the Supreme Court of Israel; lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya & Yale Law School

Prof. Yuval Shany

Vice President of Research, Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Suzie Navot

Haim Striks School of Law, The College of Management Academic Studies

MK Keren Barak

Deputy Speaker of the Knesset

MK Ayman Odeh

Head of the Joint List Alliance; Former Secretary General of Hadash Party

MK Ofer Shelah

Chair of the Knesset State Control Committee, Former Journalist & Commentator

Prof. Michael Ignatieff

President and Rector, Central European University; Former Head of Opposition in the Canadian Parliament

Dr. Dana Blander

Research Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute

MK Ram Shefa

Chair of the Knesset Education, Culture, and Sports Knesset Committee

Dr. Tammy Hoffman

Director, Education Policy Program, Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty member at Kibbutzim College of Education

Michal Cohen

Director-General, Rashi Foundation; former Director-General, Ministry of Education

Att. Avital Rosenberger

Israeli Hope Education Program

Prof. Khaled Abu Asba

Director of the Masar Institute for Social Research, Planning and Counseling; Senior Lecturer, Arab-American University

Prof. Tamar Ariav

Education for Values Committee, The Initiative for Applied Education Research; former President of Beit Berl College

Att. Yael Ne’eman

Executive Director, Lautman Foundation

Ruhama Gebel-Radman

Director-General, Yesodot Association

Etti Binder

Chief Supervisor of the Ultra-Orthodox District, Ministry of Education

Prof. Ismael Abu Saad

The Department of Education, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Yoaz Hendel

Minister of Communications; Former Head of the Institute for Zionist Strategies

Dr. Alexander Brakel

Head of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel Office

Ben Smith

The New York Times Media Columnist, and former founding Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz-Altshuler

Senior Fellow and Head of the Democracy in the Information Age Project, Israel Democracy Institute

Guy Rolnik

Deputy Publisher of Haaretz ; founding Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Marker’

Att. Noga Rubinstein

Partner, Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Firm; former Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Communications

Golan Yochpaz

Journalist and news editor; former General Manager of ‘News 13’

Alona Baron

Directorate Chair and Publisher of Globes

Articles

Civics and Democracy Education in the Schools

The article is in Hebrew

For the full article

A Toolkit to Fix the Crisis in the Israeli Press

The article is in Hebrew

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