A two-day conference on Israel will begin at Harvard University tonight featuring historian Niall Ferguson and Stanley Fischer, the governor of the Bank of Israel.
The conference, which is being billed as the largest student-led conference on Israel in the United States, will open at the Harvard Business School’s Burden Hall in Allston tonight with a sold-out event at 6:30.
The conference will discuss whether innovation and economic prosperity can reinvigorate a stalled peace process, and will explore Israel’s contributions to the realms of innovation, technology and medicine. The event have been organized by a non-partisan group of students from Harvard College, the Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Tonight, Harvard University Provost Dr. Alan Garber will give the opening remarks for the conference, followed by keynote addresses by Fischer, Ferguson and Dan Senor, the bestselling author of “Startup Nation.”
Friday, a variety of sessions discussing Israel will be held at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, beginning with a breakfast and registration at 9:15 a.m. and concluding with an open forum at 4 p.m.
Friday the conference will also announce the winner of its Peach Challenge, a contest in which students submit innovative ideas to bridge divides between Israelis and Palestinians.
More information about the conference can be found at http://israelconference2012.org/