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Water and the Environment in the Middle East: Israel’s Sustainability Challenges in the Desalination Era

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Professor Alon Tal will give the 2018 Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Lecture in Israel Studies on the topic of Israel’s new dependence on desalination and assess its sustainability and the lessons learned in an increasingly water scarce world.
Professor Alon Tal is the chair of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University. In 1990 he founded the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, Israel’s leading green advocacy organization and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Between 2010 and 2013 he served as chair of Israel’s Green Party. Israel’s Ministry of Environment gave him a life achievement award at age 48. Presently he is co-chair of Tzafuf, the Israel Forum for Population, Environment and Society as well as co-chair of This is My Earth. In 2005 Tal was the winner of the Bronfman prize, a humanitarian award for young leaders. He has held faculty positions at Ben Gurion, Harvard, Stanford, Michigan State, Sceince Po and Otago Universities. He has over 100 publication and has written or edited ten books. Alon plays fiddle and mandolin for the Arava Riders, one of Israel’s veteran bluegrass bands.


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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 US


UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

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