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Shimon Peres, president of Israel and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver an address, The Globalization of Peace, on Thurs., Sept. 25, 6 p.m. at NYUs Tishman Auditorium in Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law (40 Washington Square South). The event is sponsored by NYUs Taub Center for Israel Studies.
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Peres, who served under David Ben-Gurion, Israels first prime minister, in several roles, is the ninth president of the State of Israel. He was prime minister of Israel on two different occasions and was once acting prime minister. He has been a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. In November 1959, Peres was elected to the Knesset, where, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, he served continuously until 2007, when he was elected president. Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the peace talks in which he participated as Israeli foreign minister, producing the Oslo Accords. In 1996, he founded the Peres Center for Peace. The Centers mission is to help build an infrastructure for peace and reconciliation by and for the people of the Middle East that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding. Shimon Peres has written over a dozen books, including The Next Step, Davids Sling, Entebbe Diary, The New Middle East, For the Future of Israel and Battling for Peace: A Memoir.
The Taub Center was established with a gift from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The gift supports an endowed professorship and two graduate fellowships in Israel Studies, and funds lectures, seminars, scholarly colloquia at the Center, and other special programs for students, faculty, and the community. In addition to offering its own programming, the Taub Center works closely with NYUs departments to create cross-disciplinary programming, serving to broaden NYUs offerings in Judaic and Middle Eastern studies. For more, go to http://hebrewjudaic.as.nyu.edu/page/taub.