The elusive goal of “fair and balanced” journalism is difficult to achieve in any circumstance. In today’s Middle East, where the political landscape changes daily, paired with the rapid changes in the way the world consumes media and information, it is more challenging than ever. Allison Kaplan Sommer will share her professional and personal observations on keeping up with the changes, how they are affecting events in the region, and the way Israel and her neighbors are perceived and treated internationally.
Allison Kaplan Sommer is the Fall 2017 Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies. She has been a journalist and columnist for Haaretz since 2012. She is the former Washington DC correspondent, feature writer and critic for the Jerusalem Post, and has written on a freelance basis for U.S. publications, including the New Republic, Politico, The Forward, and JTA. Originally from Rhode Island, she earned her B.A. in English and Theater at Wesleyan University and her M.A. from the Columbia School of Journalism. She moved to Israel in 1993 and lives in Ra’anana with her husband and three children.
Sponsor: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program