2018 Conference Speakers

Elliott AbramsElliott Abrams

Council on Foreign Relations

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., served in the administrations of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. A member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, Mr. Abrams teaches U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. His most recent book is Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring.

Peter BerkowitzPeter Berkowitz

Hoover Institution

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A 2017 winner of the Bradley Prize, he studies and writes about constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in America, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics. His most recent book is Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation.

Daniel GordisDaniel Gordis

Shalem College

Daniel Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism. Dr. Gordis is currently senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. His most recent book, Israel: A Concise History of  a Nation Reborn, won a National Jewish Book Award.

Deborah LipstadtDeborah E. Lipstadt

Emory University

Deborah Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory. A leading expert on Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism, Lipstadt was sued after she labeled David Irving a Holocaust denier in her 1993 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, resulting in a dramatic London trial. Lipstadt’s most recent book is Holocaust: An American Understanding, and she is currently writing The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Concerned Student, which will be published in 2018.

Jeffrey RosenJeffrey Rosen

George Washington University Law School and the National Constitution Center

Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center. His books include The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America, the best-selling companion book to the award-winning PBS series, and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America. His most recent book, Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet, was published on the 100thanniversary of Brandeis’s Supreme Court confirmation.

Ruth R. WisseRuth R. Wisse

Harvard University and the Tikvah Fund

Ruth R. Wisse was for many years the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard. She is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Dr. Wisse’s books include The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and CultureJews and Power, and No Joke: Making Jewish Humor.

Amos YadlinAmos Yadlin

Institute for National Security Studies

Over his distinguished career, General Yadlin spent more than 40 years in uniform, including service as defense attaché in Washington, commandant of the IDF National Defense College, and deputy commander of the Israeli Air Force. He flew more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines including Operation Tamuz, which destroyed the Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981. He is currently the executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.