Professor Menahem Brinker is the preeminent ideological founder of the Israeli peace movement, a professor of philosophy and literature at the Hebrew University and the University of Chicago, and the author of six books on esthetics, philosophy, and literature. His commitment to peace was born out of his personal experiences serving in the Six Day War, in addition to his service in the IDF from 1953-1955 and during the Yom Kippur War. He became the Founding Editor of the monthly journal Emda, a publication that served as a sounding board for pro-peace ideas and whose contributors and readers crossed party lines. He has lectured throughout the world and taught at the university level in Israel and abroad, while remaining a key member of the Peace Now Jerusalem branch. He has received the Israeli Prize for research in Hebrew and Comparative Literature (2004).