Baylor Center for Jewish Studies Director Speaks at Norway Conference About Oslo Accords

June 10, 2009
News Photo 4718Marc H. Ellis, Director, Baylor Center for Jewish Studies

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Dr. Marc H. Ellis, director of the Baylor Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, will speak on Monday in Oslo, Norway, at a conference marking the 15th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, an agreement intended to lead to the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Accords were completed in Oslo in August of 1993 and signed in September 1993 at a public ceremony in Washington D.C. attended by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The conference's theme will be Fifteen Years After Oslo: What Now for the Middle East? More than 300 attendees are expected, among them scholars, politicians and theologians.

Ellis, University Professor of Jewish Studies, will speak on the topic of After Oslo and Gaza and Cairo: Judaism Does Not Equal Israel.

His latest book, also titled Judaism Does Not Equal Israel, was released in the spring. A review in Booklist called it "a strongly argued work that should and probably will be heatedly debated."

Ellis has written 15 books and written articles published in the International Herald Tribune, Christian Century and Ha'aretz. He also has provided commentary and analysis on NPR and the BBC.

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