Wed 28th Apr 2021 @ 8:30pm - 9:30pm
A conversation on how a leading architect memorialises the unspeakable.
Daniel Libeskind, architect, designer of the Berlin Jewish Museum and the World Trade Centre Master Plan in discussion with Yossi Gal, former Israel Ambassador to France & Monaco, Hebrew University Vice President Advancement and External Relations
An event of the American & Argentinian Friends of the Hebrew University
Who Will You See There?
An international figure in architecture and urban design, Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature, and poetry, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, unique, and sustainable.
Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Mr. Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager and, with his family, settled in the Bronx. He received the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and performed as a musical virtuoso, before eventually leaving music to study architecture. He received his professional degree in architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1970 and a postgraduate degree in the history and theory of architecture from the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University in England in 1972.
Ambassador Yossi Gal is Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations, and a career diplomat who most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989).
He served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. He has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the French and U.S. media.
Ambassador Gal launched his Foreign Service career in 1975, after graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He fulfilled varied responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director of the Information Department and Deputy Director-General for Communications, participating in peace negotiations with Israel’s neighbors, and chairing the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace talks on the environment. He then headed the Press and Communications Department at the Prime Minister’s office, served as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs, and was ultimately promoted to Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Extensively involved in international relations, Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference, was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians, headed the process of Israel’s adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and led the negotiations on upgrading relations with the European Union.