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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).

Ambassador Lauder is the current President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). As President of the WJC, Ambassador Lauder has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, and government representatives in advancing those causes that are of most concern to Jews and Jewish communities internationally.
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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.

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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.

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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).

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