Stepping down from the Ivory Tower, the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities is offering a free series of lectures at its Jerusalem headquarters on starting November 12.
The first of six monthly lectures will be about 1,000-year-old DNA supplying new data on the emigration of the first settlers to Europe. It will be held on November 11 at 7 p.m. and feature speakers from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The series was initiated by Prof. Nili Cohen, incoming president of the academy and an expert in the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. The aim of the lectures, she said, was to make new and fascinating scientific subjects accessible to the wider public.
“In the spirit of the academy’s first president, Prof. Martin Buber, we are obligated to strengthen the values of learning and excellence in Israeli society,” Cohen said.
Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot will speak on December 2 about the search for life beyond planet Earth. Prof. A.B. Yehoshua will speak, and four more lectures will be given through June 2016.