Biography


4.5.1939          Born in Jerusalem

1954                Moved to Kibbutz Hulda as Resident minor

1957-1986       Member of Kibbutz Hulda

1986-present   Resides with family in Arad, in the Negev desert in southern Israel

 

Teaching Positions


1963-1986       Teacher of Literature and Philosophy, Hulda high school and regional high school 
                     at Givat Brenner.

1969-1970        Visiting Fellow at St. Cross College, Oxford, England.

1975-1976        Writer in Residence, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1980                Writer in Residence, University of California, Berkeley.

1984-1985        Writer in Residence/Professor of literature, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.

1987                Writer in Residence Visiting Professor of Literature, Boston University, Massachusette.

1987-2005        Full Professor of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheba.

1989                Elected member of the Catalan Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona, Spain.

1990                Writer in Residence, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1991                Elected to full membership in the Academy of the Hebrew Language.

1993                Agnon Chair in Modern Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba.

1996                Writer in Residence, Tel Aviv University.

1997                Writer in Residence/Visiting Professor of Literature, Princeton University 
                      (Old Dominion Fellowship).

1998                Weidenfeld Professor of European and Comparative Literature, Oxford University.

2001                Visiting Writer, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Patten Lecturer).

2002                Visiting Writer, Tübingen University, Germany (Poetic Dozent).

2007                Visiting Writer, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

 

Political Activity


In the early 1960’s, Amos Oz was active in the social-democrat group Min Hayesod, which opposed the personality cult surrounding Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion as well as his state centralism.
Since the 1967 Six Day War, he has been active in various groups and organizations of the Israeli Peace movement, which advocates a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He was involved in the Committee for Peace and Security (1967) and in the Moked and Sheli movements,

and has been among the chief spokesmen of the Peace Now movement since its founding in 1977.
Since 2003 Amos Oz is one of the leaders of “The Geneva Initiative” – an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Movement. In 2008 he was one of the funders of "The New Movement – Meretz"