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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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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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John Updike, a titan of American literature who passed away in 2009 is the subject of Adam Begley's most recent book, Updike. Begley's most recent book, released this April by HarperCollins, has earned rave reviews from its conclusions and methodical, comprehensive approach to unearthing  the links between Updike's own life and his novels.  

Adam had an exposure to the literary world from his childhood. After graduating from Harvard, Mr. Begley went on to pursue a Ph.D from 
Stanford in American literature, which he received in 1989. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2011 was the recipient of the Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship. Mr. Begley is also the author of Literary Agents: A Writer’s Guide, and Certitude: A Profusely Illustrated Guide to Blockheads and Bullheads, Past and Present. From 1996-2009, he worked as the books editor for the New York Observer. His numerous book reviews have appeared in several prominent publications, including the New York Times and The Guardian

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September 15, 2014: This Anti-Defamation League and Program for Jewish Civilization event looks at the current incidents of anti-semitism that have occurred in Europe. Experts will focus on specific countries including France, Hungary, and England. 


Sarah Fainberg is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University’s Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy. Her current research focuses on Israel’s interests in and relationship with the Eurasian states (former Soviet countries) and Israel’s relations with the American and French diasporas. A native of France, Dr. Fainberg received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Sciences Po-Paris (2008) and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1998). She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (2009-2012). She also taught at Columbia University (2005-2007) and St. Petersburg's State University in Russia (2002-2003). In addition, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University (2006-2007). She has given lectures and public talks at Moscow State University, Columbia University, Sciences Po-CERI (Paris), the University of Ottawa, Georgetown University, the Hebrew University and the IDC, Herzliya. She is the author of two books:Les Discriminés. L’antisémitisme soviétique après Staline (Paris: Fayard, 2014in English: Dissecting State Discrimination: The Soviet-Jewish Experience After Stalin), and (with Jacques Berlinerblau and Aurora Nou) Secularism on the Edge: Church-State Relations in the US, France, and Israel (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Dr. Fainberg is bilingual in French and Russian, and fluent in English and Hebrew.

Stacy Bernard Davis is currently working for the State Department Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism. Previously she worked for the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. She has a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dieter Dettke is an expert on German foreign and economic policy, European integration, European security issues and translatlantic relations. He has studied at the Universities of Bonn, Berlin and Strasbourg, and was a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Dettke has also served as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and Assignments at the Bundestag and German Foreign Office.

Andrew Srulevitch is the Director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League.

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory,History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust

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September 15, 2014: This Anti-Defamation League and Program for Jewish Civilization event looks at the current incidents of anti-semitism that have occurred in Europe. Experts will focus on specific countries including France, Hungary, and England. 


Sarah Fainberg is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University’s Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy. Her current research focuses on Israel’s interests in and relationship with the Eurasian states (former Soviet countries) and Israel’s relations with the American and French diasporas. A native of France, Dr. Fainberg received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Sciences Po-Paris (2008) and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1998). She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (2009-2012). She also taught at Columbia University (2005-2007) and St. Petersburg's State University in Russia (2002-2003). In addition, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University (2006-2007). She has given lectures and public talks at Moscow State University, Columbia University, Sciences Po-CERI (Paris), the University of Ottawa, Georgetown University, the Hebrew University and the IDC, Herzliya. She is the author of two books:Les Discriminés. L’antisémitisme soviétique après Staline (Paris: Fayard, 2014in English: Dissecting State Discrimination: The Soviet-Jewish Experience After Stalin), and (with Jacques Berlinerblau and Aurora Nou) Secularism on the Edge: Church-State Relations in the US, France, and Israel (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Dr. Fainberg is bilingual in French and Russian, and fluent in English and Hebrew.

Stacy Bernard Davis is currently working for the State Department Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism. Previously she worked for the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. She has a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dieter Dettke is an expert on German foreign and economic policy, European integration, European security issues and translatlantic relations. He has studied at the Universities of Bonn, Berlin and Strasbourg, and was a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Dettke has also served as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and Assignments at the Bundestag and German Foreign Office.

Andrew Srulevitch is the Director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League.

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory,History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust

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September 17, 2014: This lecture examines the economic dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Assaf Patir is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University (2013) and a PhD in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science (2007). Patir's research focus is macroeconomics and banking, and he has also written on Israeli-Palestinian trade and labor flows as part of the Aix Group (www.aixgroup.org).

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Ambassador Dennis Ross is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Elliott Abrams is an Adjunct for the Program for Jewish Civilization and is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and former Dean of the SFS, will conduct the interview.

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Recorded as a part of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education  

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Recorded as a part of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education on July 19, 2014.

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