Emotions run high when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of the United States in helping to resolve it. Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's founder and a former policy advisory to President Clinton, makes a compelling argument for why, particularly in this election year, there needs to be an alternative Jewish voice in Washington that can positively impact American Middle East policy and bring about a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine stalemate. Ben-Ami outlines how our current policies towards Israel are largely based on a handful of assumptions that do not hold up against current realities, and explains the urgent need for a pro-Israel agenda that includes compromise and engagement with the opposition. Ben-Ami’s prescriptive direction for both American policy and conversation within the American Jewish community was described recently by the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof as, “a clarion call for American reasonableness in the Middle East.”
Jeremy Ben-Ami founded J Street after a 25-year career in government, politics and communications, in the United States and in Israel. Jeremy has served in a number of senior government positions including as President Bill Clinton's Deputy Domestic Policy Adviser and Policy Director on Howard Dean's Presidential Campaign. Jeremy was most recently Senior Vice President at Fenton Communications. He also has served as the Communications Director for the New Israel Fund and started the Israeli firm Ben-Or Communications while living in Israel in the late 1990s. Jeremy's father was born in Tel Aviv, and much of his family lives in Israel.
Sponsored by Ohavi Zedek.
Host Lauren-Glenn Davitian speaks with Jonathan Kissam about the worker-owned co-operative, Webskillet. Webskillet works to ensure that community organizations, nonprofits and small businesses have the tools to connect with members, donors and customers using cutting-edge digital strategy.
Emily Anderson, Producer and Mark Utter, Screenwriter of 'I am In Here' talk about their movie project exploring the life and thinking of Mark Utter. For more information visit their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MarkUtterIaminHere or to donate to the project visit their kickstarter site: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/488140546/i-am-in-here-a-film-by-mark-utter/dashboard?ref=email
Host Lauren-Glenn Davitian offers the highlights of the NTEN Conference held in San Francisco in April 2012. Attended by 1700 nonprofits and circuit riders, the event focused on data visualization, mobile innovation, online collaboration and more. Find selected resources here at the Common Good Vermont blog.
This lecture and discussion at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT is about French language newspapers in New England led by Dr. Carole Salmon, Assistant Professor of French Studies and Culture for UMASS at Lowell.
Barrie Dunsmore presents a public lecture titled, “The Demise of the News Media…and Why That Matters.” The event, is part of the UVM Political Science Department’s Mark L. Rosen Lecture Series. Dunsmore covered foreign affairs for ABC News for thirty years, reporting from Washington and abroad on the policies of seven U.S. Presidents from Johnson to Clinton. He traveled with them all overseas and was a regular on the planes of their Secretaries of State. From 1965-95 he reported from more than one hundred countries on virtually every major international event from wars to summits to diplomatic shuttles. Dunsmore is the author of There and Back, a collection of columns on Middle East policy, superpower strategies and controversial domestic issues. He is a regular commentator on VPR and a columnist for the Rutland Herald.
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