Distributed December 2, 2002
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to speak Dec. 10
Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, will be the guest of the Brown Lecture Board on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Brown Student Lecture Board will host an evening with Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green.
Barak will appear in the upper level of the Salomon Center, where all seats will be reserved for students. The event will also be simulcast in lower Salomon. Tickets are free, but both a ticket and a Brown ID will be required for entry. Tickets will be available on a one-ticket-per-person basis (with Brown ID) on Dec. 5, 6 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level of the Blue Room in Faunce House. A ticket and Brown ID will also be required for admission to the simulcast. No bags or backpacks will be allowed into the hall during this event.
Editors: A limited number of seats will be available for the press. Reporters must reserve credentials in advance by calling (401) 867-4968.
Ehud Barak was born in 1942 in Kibbutz Mishmar Hasharon. He holds a B.Sc. in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1976) and a M.Sc. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University (1978). Barak began a distinguished military career when he joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1959, serving as a soldier and commander of an elite unit, as well as in various other command positions through the Six Day War of 1967, the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the Peace for Galilee operation of 1982. He was promoted to major general in January 1982; that was followed by a series of promotions with the IDF. In April 1991 Barak was appointed 14th chief of the general staff and was promoted to Lt. General, the highest rank in the Israeli military. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and four other citations for courage and operational excellence.
Barak served as minister of the interior from July to November 1995 and as minister of foreign affairs from November 1995 until June 1996. Elected to the Knesset in 1996, he served as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In 1996 Barak was elected chairman of the Labor Party; in 1999 he formed the One Israel Party from the Labor, Gesher and Meimad factions. He was elected prime minister of Israel on May 17, 1999, and completed his term on March 7, 2001, following his defeat by Ariel Sharon in a special election.