President of Beit-Berl Teachers' Training College, Israel's Minister of Education (2006‒2009), Israel
President of Beit-Berl Teachers' Training College. Israel's Minister of Education (2006 — 2009) and Minister of Immigration (1999 — 2001)
Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir is the President of Beit-Berl Teachers' Training College and an adjunct professor at the Blavatnik School of Government Oxford. She was a deputy speaker of the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) and served as Israel's Minister of Immigration (1999-2001) and Minister of
Education (2006-2009) representing the Labor party. In this capacity she led a comprehensive school reform, rising teachers' salaries and introducing innovative patterns of teaching.
Tamir received her BA and MA from the Hebrew University and her Ph.D. in political philosophy from Oxford University where she worked under the supervision of Sir Isaiah Berlin. She was a professor at Tel-Aviv University and a visiting professor and a scholar-in-residence at: Princeton, Harvard, The University of Pennsylvania, the Central European University in Budapest and New York University.
Tamir is the author of Liberal-Nationalism (Princeton University Press) and Who is Afraid of Equality? Society and Education in Israel (in Hebrew), as well as of numerous articles in the fields of moral and political philosophy, philosophy of education, feminism and human rights. She is the editor of Democratic Education in a Multicultural State (Blackwell) and, Moral and Political Education together with Professor Stephan Macedo (New York University Press). Her most recent book Why Nationalism was published with Princeton University Press (Jan 2019). Tamir served as the president of Shenkar College of Art, Design and Engineering (2000-2010). Tamir led the college to an extraordinary process of academic growth. Shenkar is now raked at the top of the global list of academic institutions of its kind.
Professor Tamir is a founding member of the Israeli peace movement "Peace Now" and served as the chairperson of the Israeli Association of Civil Rights.
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