The Monash Israel Oration is presented in partnership between the Wheeler Centre and Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, and under the auspices of the Leon Liberman Chair in Modern Israel Studies.
In 2011, the Oration will be delivered by one of the world’s finest thinkers and writers, the incomparable Amos Oz. The much-loved author, and celebrated peace campaigner, will deliver the oration at Melbourne Town Hall, under the title ‘Israel: Peace War and Storytelling’, followed by an on-stage interview. As Oz wrote in his 2007 novel, Rhyming Life and Death, ‘Once in a while it is worth turning on the light to clarify what is going on…’. In a career spanning almost half a century, Oz has shone a light of rare compassion, wisdom and passion.
Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the internationally acclaimed author of many novels and essay collections, translated into 30 languages. He has received several international awards, including the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize and the Frankfurt Peace Prize. He lives in Arad, Israel.
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