Speaker Bios

Rachel HarrisRachel S. Harris 

Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema (2017). 

Avi WeissAvi Weiss

Avi Weiss is the executive director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. He has presided as a member of the senior faculty of Bar-Ilan University since 1988 and served as Chair of the Economics Department between 2005 and 2008. His research focuses on industrial organization, antitrust, labor economics, law and economics, and behavioral and experimental economics.

Weiss has served in the public domain on various government economic committees, and is the editor of The Economic Quarterly and associate editor of Economic Inquiry.

Brachie SprungBrachie Sprung

Brachie Sprung is the Director of the International Office of Jerusalem Partnerships an initiative spearheaded by the Mayor of Jerusalem and philanthropic global foundations focused on building private public partnerships for the city of Jerusalem. Previously, Brachie was the Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Media to the Mayor of Jerusalem. In this capacity, she was responsible for developing strategy and setting priorities for all aspects of international engagement and media.

Prior to joining the Mayor's team, Brachie served as Associate Director of PresenTense. She helped organize and hosted TEDx Jerusalem in 2012 and co-created the Magid Project, a Schusterman Connection Point. Brachie is married to Ari and they live in New York City with their three sons.