Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf, Ambassador Stephen Mull, Fr. Dennis McManus and Professor Robert Lieber, PhD of Georgetown University discussed their memories of Jan Karski. Following the panel, the audience watched the film documentary, "Karski & the Lords of Humanity."
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Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director of the Center for Security Studies, presented on his latest book Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (Knopf, 2015). The lecture was held October 8, 2015 in McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall at Georgetown University.
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, presented on his new book Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (Farrar, Staus, and Giroux, October 2015). Former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and James A. Baker, III describe Ambassador Ross's new book as a "must read".
Author Richard Rashke speaks about the topic of his book Useful Enemies: America's Open Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals (Delphinium, 2015). This presentation was part of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education and occurred July 13, 2015.
Fr. Patrick Desbois is president of Yahad-In Unum and Adjunct Professor in the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. This presentation on his organization's work was presented at the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education on July 17, 2015.
Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder presented this year's Herman Allen "Hal" Israel (C'92) Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations on "The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism and the Persecution of Christians" (March 25, 2015).
Professor Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University where she chairs the Department of History. In 2007, she received AU’s highest faculty award, the Scholar/Teacher of the Year. In 2010, the American Jewish Historical Society recognized her distinguished service to American Jewish history with its Lee Max Friedman Award. A member of the founding historians’ team for the National Museum of American Jewish History, she is currently Vice-President for Program for the Association for Jewish Studies. Her books include Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985.
This PJC lecture was held on October 29, 2014.
Professor Gavison is the Haim H. Cohn Professor Emerita of Human Rights Law at Hebrew University Law Faculty. Born in Jerusalem she received an LLB (cum laude) in 1969, LLM (summa cum laude) in 1971, and BA in economics and philosophy (1970), all from Hebrew University. In 1975 she received a D.Phil. in legal philosophy from Oxford University. Her dissertation (Legal Protection of Privacy) was written under the supervision of H.L.A. Hart.
From 1974 she has taught at the Hebrew University. She was a visiting professor at Yale Law School (1978-1980) and Law Center of the University of Southern California (1990-1992) and a Fellow at the Center of Human Values, Princeton University 1998-99, and at the Tikvah-Straus Center at NYU 2011-2012.
Prof. Gavison is one of the founders of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), and served as its Chairperson for many years and President (1996-1999).Published Human Rights in Israel (1995) and edited a three volume reader on Human Rights. She is also the founding president of the Metzilah Center for Zionist, Jewish, Liberal and Humanist Thought.
From 1998-2008, she was a member of the International Commission of Jurists.
A major voice on human rights and constitutional issues and critic of judicial activism trends and the piecemeal constitution developed in Israel. Dr. Gavison published: The Constitutional Revolution: A reality or a self-Fulfilling Prophecy? (2000); (with Kremnitzer and Dotan) Judicial Activism : For and Against" (2000) and "Constitution for Israel: The Lessons of the American Experience" (2002).
In 1999-2001 held a dialogue with Rabbi Yaacov Medan, which culminated in the publication of A foundation for a New Covenant between Jews on Issues of State and Religion in Israel (2003).
Prof. Gavison has written extensively on the meaning and justification of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, while pointing out tensions and ways to accommodate them. E.g. "The Jewish State: Nature and Justification" (2003). In August 2013, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appointed her to prepare a constitutional provision on what it means for Israel to be a “Jewish and democratic state”.
Prof. Gavison has won the Avihai prize (with R. Medan) in 2001; Jerusalem Toleration prize in 2002; and the EMET prize for law in 2003. She was awarded adoctor honoris causa from the JTS in 2003, and adoctor honoris causa from Bav-ilan University in 2009. She is the first recipient of the Cheshin prize which she received in 2009. She is a 2011 Israel Prize for Legal research laureate.
Former Major General Yaakov Amidror served as the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council from April 2011 to November 2013. He is now the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, in Bar Ilan University.
He served with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 36 years. During his long military career, General Amidror held the following positions: commander of IDF Military Colleges, including the National Defense College, Military Secretary for the Minister of Defense, and Director of the Intelligence Analysis Division, responsible for National Intelligence Assessment. General Amidror received a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Haifa and various other degrees and certificates from IDF colleges.
After his retirement, he has served as Senior Research Fellow to the Institute for Middle East Research in Washington. General Amidror also served as Vice President of Lander Institute, an academic center in Jerusalem. He was a member of several large Israeli companies' boards as well as numerous high-tech start-ups.
Since retiring from the armed forces, General Amidror has published Reflections on Army and Security, a book on the subject of military affairs and national security (in Hebrew). A second book,Intelligence, Theory and Practice, was published in 2006 (also in Hebrew). His articles appear frequently in Israeli and international publications.
Georgetown University's Department of Government Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Avraham Sela, will present this PJC lecture.
Professor Sela is a senioor research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institue and the A. Ephraim and Shirley Diamond Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of Decline of the Arab Israeli Conflict: Middle East Politics and the Quest for Regional Order(1998) and co-author of The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Adjustment (2000).