Past Events

Since its inception in 2003, the CJC has held a wide variety of free public events including lectures, conferences and panel discussions. Speakers have included former heads of state, members of congress, journalists, authors, musicians, poets, and, of course, academics.

2018 Events

October 4th, 1:00 PM
Book Re-Launch: Inside Terrorism
Bruce Hoffman

October 3rd, 6:00 PM
Film Screening: My Dear Children
LeeAnn Dance

Friday, April 13 from 2:30-4:30. Riggs Library. 
Is the Two-State Solution Still Possible? With Tzipi Livni
Tzip Livni, Member of Knesset, former Minister of Justice and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel. 

Thusrday, April 12 at 3:30p. Arrupe Multipurpose Room
Haifa by the Sea: Literature, Architecture, Memory 
Nili Gold, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Language & Literature, University of Pennsylvania

April 5, 2018
In Broad Daylight: The Secret Prodecures Behind the Holocaust by Bullets 
Rev. Father Desbois, Braman Endowed Professor of the Practice of the Forensic Study of the Holocaust 

March 18-19, 2018
Killer Medicine: A Forensic Look at Health Care Policies and Practices During and Since the Holocaust 
Speakers include: Rev. Patrick Desbois (Georgetown University), Dr. Ranit Mishori (Georgetown University), Dr. Barbara Hales (University of Houston), Dr. Dan Plesch (University of London), Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld (Baylor College of Medicine), Dr. Hedy Wald (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Boston Children's Hospital - Harvard Medical School). 

February 22, 2018
Poetry at the Center: Master Class in Creative Writing 
David Ebenbach, Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University 

February 13, 2018
Poetry at the Center: Kim Roberts 
Kim Roberts, Visiting Writer at the Science Museum of Minnesota's St. Croix Watershed Research Station (MN), George Washington University, and founder and co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Delaware Poetry Review

February 7, 2018
Poetry at the Center: Yehoshua November
Yehoshua November, Professor of English at Rutgers University 

February 1, 2018
The Modern Jewess in Art, Literature and Film  
Conference speakers include: Keren Hammerschlag (Georgetown University), Susan Sidlauskas (Rutgers University), Lori Harrison-Kahan (Boston College), Siona Benjamin (Artist), Cassie Herbert (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Sarah Workman (Georgetown University), Tahneer Oksman (Marymount Manhattan College), Lynn Levin (University of Pennsylvania).  

2017 Events

November 30, 2017
"Holy Land, Holy See: The Hal Israel Endowed Lecture"
The Honorable Zion Evrony to the Vatican and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America discussed his experiences as Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican and Israel's relationship with the Vatican. 

November 16, 2017
"Before All Memory is Lost: Women's Voices from the Holocaust"
Myrna Goldenberg, Professor Emerita at Montgomery College, discussed her book Before All Memory Is Lost, which focuses on the experiences of women during the Holocaust. 

November 13, 2017
"Thinking Race Constructively"
Lewis Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President and Core Professor at the Global Center for Advanced Studies; and Honorary Professor at the Unit of the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. This talk explored problems of racial construction and productive ways of discussing race and racism.

November 2, 2017
"Values and Interests: The United States, Israel and the Arab World"
Dr. Tamara C. Wittes, a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Polci at the Brookings Instituttion discussed the trilateral relations between the US, Israel, and the Arab world.

October 30, 2017
"The Role of 'Bystanders' in the Implementation of the 'Final Solution' in Poland, 1939-1945"
Professor Jan Grabowski of the University of Ottowa discusses the role of bystanders in administering the "final solution" in Poland during the Second World War.

October 23, 2017
"Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring"
Elliot Abrams, former White House Advisor on US Middle East Policy and Professor at the Center for Jewish Cvilization disucussed American foreign polciy after the Arab Spring.

October 19, 2017
"The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973"
Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez will discussed their book which covers the peak of the USSR’s direct military involvement in the Egyptian-Israeli conflict. 

October 18, 2017
"Phillip Roth: An American Adam"
Ira Nadel, a Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, lectured on the American roots and American themes in the work of Philip Roth.

September 14, 2017
"Miss Portland: Fiction Reading"
David Ebenbach, Professor of the Practice at the Center for Jewish Civilization, held a book talk to discuss his new, award-winning novel Miss Portland. 

September 7, 2017
"Living with Dual Identity"
Palestinian novelist and cultural critic Sayed Kashua spoke about his time as a Palestinian living in Israel, and the cultural and political conflicts that he encountered. 

September 6, 2017
"What's Wrong with the Middle East"
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President and Foreign and Defense Policy Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute spoke on issues relating to international politics in the Middle East, and the contemporary political and economic issues that are faced in this region.

June 5, 2017
"Book Talk: Deep Thinking"
Gary Kasparov
Robert Lieber, Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University
Co-sponsored by The Kennedy Institute of Ethics and The Department of Computer Science

June 2, 2017
"Book Talk: From Day to Day"
Timothy Boyce

April 3, 2017
"Intelligence and Anti-Semitism: Nazi SS and British MI6 Covert Operations on Boston's Christian Front Organization"
Rev. Charles R. Gallagher

March 29, 2017
"Poetry Series: Mother Mail"
Pia Taavila Borsheim, Professor of English at Gallaudet University
Moderatec by Prof. David Ebenbach

March 23, 2017
"Fiction Reading: The Guy We Didn't Invite to the Orgy"
David Ebenbach, Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University

March 22, 2017
"Poetry at the Center: Lauren Camp"
Lauren Camp, Santa Fe Public Radio
Moderated by Prof. David Ebenbach

March 15, 2017
"Rising Anti-Semitism: Are We Back to the 1930s?"
Ambassador Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, US Department of State

Feburary 23, 2017
"The Brothers Speilmann: The Victorian Art World's Most Unlikely Influencers"
Peter Trippi, President of Historians of British Art and Editor of Fine Art Connosseur

Feburary 22, 2017
Poetry at the Center: Victoria Redel"
Victoria Redel, Professor, Sarah Lawrence College
Moderated by Prof. David Ebenbach

Feburary 16, 2017
"God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War and Art"
Ori Soltes, Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization

Feburary 2, 2017
"Simeon Solomon and Holosocial Networks"
Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Professor of Art History, University of Louisville

Feburary 1, 2017
"Poetry at the Center: Alan Michael Parker"
Alan Michael Parker, Professor of English, Davidson College
Moderated by Prof. David Ebenbach

2016 Events

October 20, 2016
"How Will the Jews Choose in the 2016 American Presidential Election?"
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Center for Jewish Civilization
Elliott Abrams, Georgetown University, Council on Foreign Relations
Michele Swers, Professor, Department of Government
Melanie Nezer, Vice-President, HIAS

September 29, 2016
"What is 'Ghetto'? A Conversation with Mitchell Duneier"
Mitchell, Deneier, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University
Co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs 

September 13, 2016
"Regional Cooperation and Cyber Security: A Discussion with Israeli Labor MK, Erel Margalit"
MK Erel Margalit
Co-sponsored by the Center for Security Studies

September 8, 2016
"The Netenyahu Premiership: A Retrospective"
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Center for Jewish Civilization
Elliott Abrams, Georgetown University, Council on Foreign Relations
Benny Morris, Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University
Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Newspaper
Robert Lieber, Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

April 27, 2016
"Art in the Center: Zachary Oxman"
Zachary Oxman
Ori Soltes, Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization

April 13, 2016
"Art in the Center: Gerald Wartofsky"
Gerald Wartofsky
Ori Soltes, Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization

April 6, 2016
"Art in the Center: Elaine Langerman"
Elaine Langerman
Ori Soltes, Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization

Feburary 29, 2016
"Understanding Contemporary European Anti-Semitism"
Rabbi Andrew Baker, American Jewish Committee
Ambassador Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, US Department of State
Aleksandra Gliszcynska-Grabias, Poznan Human Rights Centre
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Author of The Devil that Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Anti-Semitism
Jytte Klausen, Brandeis University
Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University 
Saskia Pantell, Zionist Federation of Sweden
Ambassador David Saperstein, US Department of State
Esther Voet, Former Editor in Chief, Nieuw Israelietisch Week

Feburary 24, 2016
"Poetry in the Center: Jamiee Kuperman"
Jamiee Kuperman, Author of You Look Nice Strange Man
David Ebenbach, Professor, Georgetown University

Feburary 23, 2016
"Reflections on Recent Anti-Semitism in Europe"
Abraham Foxman, Former National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

Feburary 17, 2016
"Poetry in the Center: Jehanne Dubrow"
Jehanne Dubrow, Washington College
David Ebenbach, Professor, Georgetown University

Feburary 10, 2016
"Poetry in the Center: Rachel Eliza Griffiths"
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Lawrence College
David Ebenbach, Professor, Georgetown University

Feburary 3, 2016
"Poetry in the Center: David Gewanter"
David Gewanter, Georgetown University
David Ebenbach, Professor, Georgetown University

2015 Events

December 1, 2015
"Auschwitz After 70 Years"
Anna Sommer, Adjunct Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization

November 12, 2015
"Jews and Photography in Britain"
Michael Berkowitz, University College London

November 9, 2015
"The Living Legacy of Rabin: From Warrior to Peace Maker"
MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) and Georgetown Israel Alliance (GIA)

November 2, 2015
"We Were the People Who Moved" Poetry Reading
David Ebbenbach, Adjunc Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

October 16, 2015
"Conversations with the Devil"
Meital Orr, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

October 8, 2015
"The Refugee Problems Created by the 1948 Arab-Israeli War" (AUDIO)
Benny Morris, Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

"Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947" (AUDIO) Book Talk
Bruce Hoffman, Professor, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University

October 5, 2015
"Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama" (AUDIO) Book Talk
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Program for Jewish Civilization

September 25, 2015
"The Jewish Race in Victorian History Painting"
Keren Hammerschlag, Postdoctoral Assistant Professor, Department of Art History

July 17, 2015
"Holocaust by Bullets" (AUDIO)
Rev. Patrick Desbois, president of Yahad-In Unum and Adjunct Professor, Program for Jewish Civilization
Part of the Jan Karski Instititute for Holocaust Education

July 13, 2015
"Useful Enemies" (AUDIO)
Richard Rashke, author
Part of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education

April 23, 2015
"A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz"
Göran Rosenberg, author

April 16, 2015
"Who are the Messianic Jews and What do They Believe?"
Yaakov Ariel, University of North Carolina
David Rudolph, MJTI School of Jewish Studies
Joel Willitts, North Park University

March 25, 2015
"The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism and the Persecution of Christians" (AUDIO)
Hal Israel Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations
Ambassador Ronald Lauder, World Jewish Congress

February 24, 2015
"Women Who Would be Rabbis: A History of the Battle for Women's Ordination" (AUDIO)
Pamela S. Nadell, American University

January 20, 2015
"A Conversation with Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka"
Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka

January 4, 2015
"A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide"
Alon Confino, University of Virginia and Ben-Gurion University

2014 Events

November 18, 2014
"Current Changes in the Middle East and their Impact" (AUDIO)
Yaakov Amidror, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University
Co-Sponsored by the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program

November 10, 2014
"Israel and its Arab Citizens: Ethnocentrism and Polarization" (AUDIO)
Avraham Sela, Georgetown University
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Government

November 6, 2014
"Lessons from the Latest War: What the Future Holds for the Israeli-Islamist Conflict"
Rafael Frankel, Georgetown University
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Government

November 3, 2014
"The Revolt of the Study House: On the Jewish Origins of Jewish Nationalism"
Olga Litvak, Clark University

October 29, 2014
"The Meaning and Implications of the Jewishness of Israel" (AUDIO)
Ruth Gavison, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

October 28, 2014
Book Launch: Midnight at the Pera Palace
Charles King, Georgetown University
Co-Sponsored by the Mortara Center for International Studies, the Institute of Turkish Studies and the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East-European Studies

October 7, 2014
"John Updike and the Jews" (AUDIO)
Adam Begley, author of Updike

September 17, 2014
"Beyond Scarlett Johansson and the SodaStream Controversy: Understanding the Economic Dimensions of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" (AUDIO)
Assaf Patir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Co-Sponsored by Department of Economics

September 16, 2014
Book Launch: Secularism on the Edge
"Quebec, Muslim and Jewish Women and the Crisis of Canadian Secularism"
Interview Conducted by Jacques Berlinerblau
Pascale Fournier, University of Ottawa

September 15, 2014
"Situation Critical: European Judaism Under Siege" (VIDEO)
Co-Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League
Sarah Fainberg, INSS, Tel Aviv University
Stacy Bernard Davis, Department of State
Dieter Dettke, Georgetown University
Andrew Srulevitch, Anti-Defamation League
Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University

September 8, 2014
"The Turbulent Middle East: A dialogue with Ambassador Dennis Ross and Former Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams" (AUDIO)
Interview by Ambassador Robert Gallucci (Georgetown University)
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Georgetown University, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Elliott Abrams, Georgetown University, Council on Foreign Relations

April 28, 2014
"Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields" (AUDIO)
Wendy Lower, Claremont McKenna College

April 23, 2014
"Honoring the Righteous Among the Nations: Portugal's Aristides de Sousa Mendes" (AUDIO)
Manuela Franco, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Lisbon
His Excellency Nuno Brito, Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of Portugal

April 2, 2014
"Novel Converts: Jewish Conversion Narratives in British Literature, 1800-2010"
Sarah Gracombe, Stonehill College

March 27, 2014
"Polish-Israeli Relations and the Challenges of the Middle East's Transition" (AUDIO)
Justyna Bartkiewicz-Godlewska, Embassy of Poland

March 18, 2014
"Should the U.S. Give Up on Arab Democracy?"(AUDIO)
Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations, Georgetown University

March 2 and 3, 2014
Architect of the Jewish Future: Conference on the Life, Work, and Legacy of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan

February 20, 2014
Israel in a Disintegrating Regional Environment
Dan Schueftan, Georgetown University's Visiting Goldman Professor

February 11, 2014
"Why Jewish Refugees Came Back: An Interview by Deborah Tannen"
Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, and Georg Schoenfeld, architect

February 4, 2014
"My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel"
Ari Shavit, Haaretz

January 30, 2014
"Sarah Laughed: The Genesis of Jewish Humor" (AUDIO)
Jennifer Caplan, Rollins College

January 27, 2014
"Five Enduring Ideas from the Thought of Mordecai M. Kaplan" (AUDIO)
Eric Caplan, McGill University

2013 Events

November 21, 2013
"Divine Law: A Tale of Two Concepts (and Three Responses)" (AUDIO)
Christine Hayes, Yale University

November 19, 2013
"African Judaism: Ancient Myths and Modern Developments" (AUDIO)
Edith Bruder, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

November 13, 2013
"The Intellectual Danger of Antisemitism as an Idea" (AUDIO)
Jonathan Elukin, Trinity College

October 28, 2013
"Ethics of Rescue: America's Response to the Holocaust Survivors in Poland" (AUDIO)
Anna Sommer Schneider, Georgetown University

October 24, 2013
"The Vanishing Minority: Human Rights as Jewish Politics in Postwar America" (AUDIO)
James Loeffler, University of Virginia

October 9, 2013
"'Don't just sit there. Interrupt!' A Linguistic Analysis of New York Jewish Conversation"
Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University

April 10, 2013
"Reading and the Unreadable: The Role of Audience in Holocaust Literature" (AUDIO)
Jessica Lang, Baruch College

March 20, 2013
"Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition" (AUDIO)
Marni Davis, Georgia State University

March 13, 2013
"Washington DC Celebrates Philip Roth's 80th Birthday: Public Interview with Derek Parker Royal and Jacques Berlinerblau" (VIDEO)
Derek Parker Royal, Southern Methodist University

March 11, 2013
"Open Society Challenged: Israel's Response to International, Regional and Domestic Crises" (VIDEO from the Government Dept.)
The 2013 Aaron and Cecil Goldman Visiting Professorship Lecture
Dan Schueftan, Goldman Visiting Isreali Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

February 27, 2013
"Democrats, Liberals, the Left and the Arab-Israeli Conflict" (AUDIO)
Jonathan Rynhold, George Washington University

February 20-22, 2013
"Secularism on the Edge: The Church and the State in the United States, France, and Israel" (VIDEO and AUDIO)
Three-day conference featuring several distinguished scholars 

February 13, 2013
"Deterring Hezbollah: Lessons from Israel's 30-Year War" (AUDIO)
Rafael Frankel, Georgetown University

February 12, 2013
"Jewish Life in 21st Century Turkey: The Other Side of Tolerance" (AUDIO)
Marcy Brink-Danan, Hebrew University

February 7, 2013
"The Settlers and the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism" (AUDIO)
Gadi Taub, Hebrew University

February 5, 2013
Herman Allen "Hal" Israel (C'02) Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations (AUDIO)
Rabbi Riccardo Shmuel Di Segni, M.D., Chief Rabbi of Rome

February 4, 2013
"The Marcel Network: How One French Couple Saved 527 Children from the Holocaust" (VIDEO)
Fred Coleman, author

January 31, 2013
"The Millennial Mindset: Trendlines for the Jewish Future" (AUDIO)
Wayne Firestone, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

2012 Events

November 28, 2012
"The Changing Strategic Environment in the Middle East: Implications for the US and Israel" (AUDIO)
Dan Schueftan, Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

October 22, 2012
"The Jewish Vote: Movers and Shakers Weigh In"
A symposium featuring several distinguished speakers and experts
AUDIO from remarks by Richard Heideman, Amb. Dennis Ross, Robert Lieber, Jim Gerstein, Rabbi Barry Freundel, Lissy Moskowitz, Sarah Posner, Jennifer Rubin, David Harris, Richard Foltin and Michele Swers

October 18, 2012
"Good Neighbors: The Ten Commandments and the American Body Politic" (AUDIO)
Jenna Weissman Joselit, The George Washington University

October 10, 2012
"What Makes a Short Story Jewish? A Fiction Reading by David Ebenbach" (AUDIO)
David Ebenbach, Department of English, Georgetown University

October 4, 2012
"Hugh of Lincoln, Ritual Murder, Henry II and the Crown of Sicily" (AUDIO)
Emily Rose, Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania

September 19, 2012
"We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust"
Ellen Cassedy, author

September 12, 2012
"Ten Glaring Misconceptions of Secularism" (AUDIO)
Jacques Berlinerblau, Associate Professor and Director of Jewish Civilization, Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

September 6, 2012
"The Arab Awakening and its Implications" (AUDIO)
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

April 24, 2012
"Reflections on Democracy and the Arab Spring"(AUDIO)
Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations

April 23, 2012
"Book Talk: The Crisis of Zionism"(AUDIO)
Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast

April 18, 2012
PJC Community Scholars Series "Three Waves of Jewish Migration to China, 1845-1940"
Liliane Willens

April 12, 2012
"How Can You Live in Israel and Be Secular?" (AUDIO)
Rabbi Sivan Maas, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Israel

April 3, 2012
"Remembering the Good: Social Memory and the Resistance to Violence in Le Chambon-sur Lignon"(AUDIO)
Margaret Paxson, George Washington University

March 29, 2012
PJC Community Scholars Series "The Litvak Legacy"
Mark N. Ozer

March 27, 2012
"In Defense of Religious Moderation" (AUDIO)
William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University, and Jason Poling, New Hope Community Church

March 22, 2012
"I Have No Religion But I Am Jewish"
Ariela Keysar, Trinity College

February 23, 2012
"Israeli Women Composing Contemporary Music" (AUDIO)
Ronit Seter, Jewish Music Research Centre

January 19, 2012
"Six Trends in Anti-Semitism" (AUDIO)
Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of State

2011 Events

November 29, 2011
"Christian Anti-Semitism: The Unfinished Reckoning" (AUDIO)
Herman Allen "Hal" Israel Annual Lecture in Jewish-Catholic Relations
James Carroll, Suffolk University; The Boston Globe

November 16, 2011
"Mourning and Warning: Russian Repentance and German Atonement"
Mischa Gabowitsch, Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany

November 10, 2011
"Redefining Religion through the Lens of Interfaith Marriage"
Erika Seamon, Georgetown University

November 3, 2011
"Did Women Study Torah in the Talmudic Period?"
Judith Hauptman, Jewish Theological Seminary

November 2, 2011
"My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner" (AUDIO)
Meir Shalev

October 27, 2011
"Between History and Memory: Rethinking the American Jewish Past"
Hasia Diner, New York University

October 25, 2011
"Israel's Public Sphere and the Struggle for a Moral Agenda"
Yossi Shain, Georgetown University

October 18, 2011
"The Voyage of the SS St. Louis and its Impact on the Roosevelt Legacy"
Rober Krakow and SS St. Louis survivor Herbert Karliner

October 17, 2011
"Three German Jews Rediscover Their Judaism"
Michael Berenbaum

October 5, 2011
"Flory Jagoda: Musical Memories from her Sephardic Past"
Flory Jagoda

September 27, 2011
"How to Be a Russian Jewish American Writer"
Lara Vapnyar, New York University

September 22, 2011
PJC Community Scholars Series "Turkish-Israeli Relations: New Challenges, New Opportunities"
Moran Stern, John Hopkins University

September 20, 2011
"Sacred Spaces: A Dialogue with Tobi Kahn" (AUDIO)
Tobi Kahn

September 12, 2011
"A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism"
Daniel Byman, Georgetown University

September 8, 2011
"Changing Paradigms: The War Against Terror Post 9/11"
Yehoshua Gurtler

April 7, 2011
"Untangling the Web: Why the Middle East Is a Mess and Always Was" (AUDIO)
Ori Soltes, Georgetown University

March 31, 2011
"What is Secular Humanistic Judaism?" (AUDIO)
Rabbi Adam Chalom, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism

March 24, 2011
"Quo Vadis Iraq: America, Iran, and the Mesopotamian Future"
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Professorship Lecture
Amatzia Baram, Haifa University

March 23, 2011
"Women & Orthodox Judaism: What Are the Challenges Ahead?"
Rabba Sara Hurwitz

March 16, 2011
"Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams" (AUDIO)
Charles King, Georgetown University

March 15, 2011
"The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
Samuel Heilman, Queens College

March 2, 2011
"Soviet Racial Ideology and Politics after Stalin: New Perspectives"
Sarah Fainberg, Georgetown University and Marlene Laruelle, John Hopkins University

March 1, 2011
"Equality, Family, and Holidays in the Mishnah"
Calvin Goldscheider, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

February 24, 2011
"What Do Yiddish and Ladino Have to Say to One Another?" (AUDIO)
Miriam Isaacs, University of Maryland and Judith Roumani

February 16, 2011
"The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election"
Todd Gitlin, Columbia University

February 10, 2011
"New Faces in Israeli Politics"
Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Newspaper

February 8, 2011
"Dying a Beautiful Death"
Rabbi Barry Freundel, Kesher Israel

February 3, 2011
"U.S. Foreign Policy in Egypt, Tunisia, and the Middle East"
Elliott Abrams, Georgetown University

February 1, 2011
"Dziga and His Brothers: Jewish Filmmakers in the 20th Century"
Evengy Tsymbal, filmmaker

January 31, 2011
"Comparing the Secular and Religious Agendas of Terrorists"
Jonathan Fine, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel


2010 Events

December 1, 2010
"The Dialogue with the Jewish People: Dialogue at 360 Degrees"
Herman Allen "Hal" Israel Annual Lecture in Jewish-Catholic Relations
Father David-Maria Jaeger, O.F.M., Pontifical University, Rome

November 30, 2010
"Can the Jewish People Survive as Secularists?"
Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University

November 4, 2010
"Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Food in France"
Joan Nathan

October 19, 2010
"Writing Our Lives: Migration Narratives of Indian-Jewish Women"
Maina Singh, Georgetown University

October 17, 2010
"A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: And Introduction to Kafka and Kafkaesque"
Michael Dirda, Washington Post

October 12, 2010
"Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History"
Michael Brenner, University of Munich

October 5, 2010
"You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives"
Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University

September 15, 2010
"The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment, Peter Beinart Re-Engages"
Peter Beinart and Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University

September 8, 2010
"Between J Date and J Street: US Foreign Policy and the Liberal Jewish Dilemma in America"
Yossi Shain, Georgetown University

September 7, 2010
"Super Sad True Love Story: The Satiric Vision of Gary Shteyngart"
Gary Shteyngart

April 29, 2010
“How the Jews Became Japanese and Other Stories of Brazilian Nationality and Ethnicity”
Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History and Director, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University

April 22, 2010
“Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World”
Jeffrey Herf, Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland

April 15, 2010
“Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Demjanjuk”
Ori Soltes, Professorial Lecturer, Philosophy Department, Georgetown University

March 22, 2010
“Why Mideast Peace Must Begin At Home: Bridging the Jewish-Arab Divide in Israel and Beyond”
Ami Nahshon, President & CEO of the Abraham Fund Initiatives

March 17 & 18, 2010
“Jews and Muslims in France: The Challenge of Multiculturalism in Contemporary Europe”
Two-day conference featuring several distinguished scholars

March 15, 2010
Goldman Visiting Israeli Professorship Lecture
Tamar Meisels, Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

March 2, 2010
“How to Read the Bible”
Marc Brettler, Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

February 2, 2010
“Elvis Was a Shabbes Goy: Or, What You Should Know About Southern Jewishness”
Eliza McGraw, Scholar and Author

January 25, 2010
“An Evening with David Bezmozgis: A Public Interview with Jacques Berlinerblau”
David Bezmozgis, Writer and Filmmaker
Jacques Berlinerblau, Associate Professor and Director, Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

January 20, 2010
“Jewish Orthodoxy Confronts Feminism: An Interview with Tova Cohen”
Tova Cohen, Director of the Program in Gender Studies, Bar-Ilan University
Interviewed by Sarah Fainberg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

2009 Events

December 2, 2009
“Jewish-Catholic Relations in Light of the Bishop Williamson Controversy”
Herman Allen “Hal” Israel, Endowed Lectureship in Jewish Catholic Relations
Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University

November 19, 2009
“We are Not Mizrahi, We are Indian Jews”
Maina Chawla Singh, Associate Professor, University of Delhi

November 17, 2009
“Making Pro Sports Kosher in an Age of Conspicuous Evangelical Christianity”
Tom Krattenmaker, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications, Lewis and Clark University

November 12, 2009
“Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Eichmann”
Ori Soltes, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Theology, Georgetown University

November 10, 2009
“Human Rights, Antisemitism, and International Politics”
Robert S. Wistrich, Professor, The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism—SICSA

November 4, 2009
“Missing from the Map: Feminist Theory and the Omission of Jewish Women”
Jennifer Roskies, Doctoral Candidate, Bar Ilan University, Israel

October 28, 2009
“Obama, Israel, and the Middle East”
Robert Lieber, Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

October 14, 2009
“Jewish Morality at a Crossroad; Who Speaks for Ethics in Israel?”
Yossi Shain, Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

October 13, 2009
“BADDIES—Between Image and Text”
David Stromberg, Israeli Writer, Artist and Journalist

September 30, 2009
“Can Terrorism Ever Be Justified?”
Tamar Meisels, Aaron & Cecile Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

September 22, 2009
“What is Secular Judaism?”
Jacques Berlinerblau, Associate Professor and Director, Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

September 16, 2009
“Personal Identity Confronts the Modern State: Jewish Tales from Russia, France, and Israel”
Sarah Fainberg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University

January 2009

Michael Oren: The Gaza Crisis from an Historical and Personal PerspectiveMichael Oren: The Gaza Crisis from an Historical and Personal PerspectiveMichael Oren: The Gaza Crisis from an Historical and Personal Perspective

Michael Oren: The Gaza Crisis from an Historical and Personal Perspective
Michael B. Oren is a professor in the Program of Jewish Civilization in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. Specializing in the diplomatic and military history of the Middle East, he also comments on Middle Eastern affairs for CBS.

2008 Events

February 26, 2008
GLBT Jews in the Jewish World (AUDIO via iTunesU)
David Shneer, Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, talks about GLBT Jews in the Jewish World

2007 Events

September 2007
Ambassador Dennis Ross: Restoring America's Standing in the Middle East
Ambassador Dennis Ross discusses the trends and future in Arab-Israeli relations as well as perspectives on dealing with Iran.

February 2007
Cynthia Ozick: Jewish Identities, Transcending Boundaries (VIDEO via ShareStream)
Cynthia Ozick is among the major living American writers, acclaimed for her many works of fiction and criticism. She was a finalist for the National Book Award for her previous novel, The Puttermesser Papers, which was named one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Her most recent essay collection, Quarrel & Quandary, won the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Ozick’s work has been translated into thirteen languages worldwide. Her classic novella The Shawl was produced for the stage in New York, directed by Sidney Lumet.

2006 Events

November 15, 2006
"What Can We Do for an Encore? The Next Stage of Jewish-Catholic Relations"
Herman Allen "Hal" Israel (C'92) Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

November 9, 2006
"What's Next in the Middle East?"
Ambassador Dennis Ross

November 1, 2006
"The Holocaust and Foreign Policy"
Dr. Walter Reich, George Washington University

October 16, 2006
"How Jordan Made Peace with Israel"
Joseph Nevo, Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Government Department, Georgetown University

April 25, 2006
"Moments of Hope: Music from the Ghetto"
Gilad Harel, clarinet & David Rosenmeyer, piano

April 24, 2006
"Nicholas Winton - The Power of Good"
Film showing with Matej Minac, producer

February 22, 2006
"Ingathering of the Exiles: The Story of the Ethiopian Jews"
Rabbi Sharon Shalom, Bar Ilan University, Israel

February 13, 2006
"Language Policy in Israel: Ideology, Practice and Rights"
Elana Shohamy, Georgetown University

February 9, 2006
"Mapping Israeli Politics in Light of Hamas Victory and Forthcoming Israeli Elections"
Yossi Shain, Georgetown University

February 2, 2006
"Israel at the Crossroads: Critical Theory, Open Society, and the Dignity of Difference"
Hanan Alexander, Haifa University, Israel

January 30, 2006
"Being Jewish in the New Germany"
Jeffrey Peck, Georgetown University

January 19, 2006
"Is Secularism Dead?"
Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University

2005 Events

November 10, 2005
"Abraham, Our Father in Faith"
Herman Allen "Hal" Israel Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations
His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington

November 2, 2005
"Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi, John Selden"
Jason Rosenblatt, Georgetown University

October 17, 2005
"What's next for Israeli Politics in Lieu of Disengagement"
Yossi Shain, Georgetown University

October 11, 2005
"Stoic Warriors and the Bible"
Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University

September 28, 2005
"On Philosemitism"
Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University