Philosophy, Fear and French Fries: Lectures Are a Growing Hit at Pubs

Israeli hunger for knowledge is driving a burgeoning business for lecturers and their agents, as bars, cultural centers and individuals book a good talk.

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Over 100 people crowded into a hall at Habima Theater in Tel Aviv on a recent Friday afternoon. They paid 110 shekels ($28) for a ticket, but it wasn’t a singer, stand-up comic, or acclaimed actress they came...