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Oct. 4, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Author and Israeli peace activist Amos Oz will give the talk, "Israel: War and Peace," Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies. Additional support was received from the University Lectureship Committee. Arrangement for this lecture was made through the B'nai B'rith Lecture Bureau.

A leading figure in the Israeli Peace movement since 1967, Oz fought on the Sinai front during the 1967 Six Day War, and on the Golan Heights in the October 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Since the 1967 war he has actively campaigned for an Israeli/Palestinian compromise to be based on mutual recognition and co-existence between Israel and a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

Oz has been honored with the German Friedenspreis international peace prize and the French Cross of the Legion d'Honneur as well as the Israel Prize for Literature.

He is the author of numerous articles and novels including Elsewhere, Perhaps; Touch the Water, Touch the Wind; The Slopes of Lebanon; and The Silence of Heaven.

"Several of his novels, including My Michael, Unto Death, A Perfect Peace and Black Box have broken records in Israel and been translated into a total of 34 different languages," said Rivka Ulmer, assistant professor of religion and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies at Bucknell.

"Other works include a children's story, Soumchi, and several collections of short stories and essays, including the award-winning Where the Jackals Howl; In the Land of Israel, which describes a journey through his own troubled country during the Lebanon War; and Black Box, which won the Prix Femina Etranger, France's top literary award for best foreign novel."

"It is an honor to welcome such a noted author and peace activist to Bucknell," said Ulmer. "He certainly will give an interesting and timely talk."

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period.


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