February 19, 2008 Raphael Cohen-Almagor To Read From New Book of Poetry on March 12
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Long before Raphael Cohen-Almagor pursued an academic career, he was writing poetry. His first poems were accepted for publication when he was a teenager. Written during his world travels, Cohen-Almagor’s latest book of poetry, “Masa’ot” (“Voyages”), focuses on people, places and intimacy. He will read selected verses – in Hebrew with English translations – at an event to be held at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, March 12 in the African and Middle Eastern Division Conference Room (Room 220) located in the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E, Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The author of “ha-Milkud ha-Demokrati” (“The Democratic ‘Catch’”), “The Scope of Tolerance,” “Euthanasia in the Netherlands” and an earlier book of poetry, “Hofim Mizrah-tikhoniyim” (“Middle Eastern Shores”), Cohen-Almagor received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University and a doctorate degree from Oxford University. He has served as an associate professor and senior lecturer at the University of Haifa in Israel, where he also founded and directed the Center for Democratic Studies. In 2007 he was appointed professor and chair in politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. He is spending the 2007-2008 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.