Dinner and Discussion Series
Chabad hosts a number of prestigious guests over dinner and stimulating discussion. Limited to only 20 students so that everyone is assured the ability to participate.
RSVPing does not guarantee you a seat. As the time approaches you will be notified as to whether you are part of the 20 allotted seats.
Name Grad Year
Email Guest Visitor
Professor Bernard Haykel | Wednesday, April 26, 6:15 p.m. - "The Saudi Kingdom and Israel: a conversation with Professor Bernard Haykel"
Professor Bernard Haykel is a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, specializing in the study of the politics and history of the Middle East, particularly Islamic political movements and law.
He is also the director of Princeton’s Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, as well as the Oil, Energy, and the Middle East Project of the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Professor Haykel has an extensive amount of experience working in areas of the Middle East and Asia. He conducted several years of fieldwork research in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, India, and Lebanon and is a recipient of a Carnegie Corporation fellowship.
Dean Jill Dolan | Monday, February 27, 6:00 p.m.
Jill Dolan is the senior officer responsible for Princeton's undergraduate academic program. All matters relating to the curriculum, academic advising, academic regulations and scholastic standing fall under her aegis. Dean Dolan also oversees the Offices of Admission and Undergraduate Financial Aid, the Registrar, the Office of International Programs, the Program in Teacher Preparation, the Princeton Writing Program, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Freshman Scholars Institute, Health Professions Advising, the Community-Based Learning Initiative, the Office of Undergraduate Research and the residential colleges.
Dean Dolan is the Annan Professor in English, and a professor of theatre studies in the Lewis Center for the Arts. She served for six years as the director of Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and is a faculty affiliate of the Program in American Studies. She holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University.
Among other books, she is the author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic; Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre; and The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for the Stage and Screen. Her blog, The Feminist Spectator,(link is external) won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She received the American Society for Theatre Research career achievement award and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Outstanding Teacher award.
President Christopher Eisgruber | Shabbat Dinner, March 3
Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber was elected Princeton University's 20th president on April 21, 2013, and assumed office on July 1, 2013. A renowned constitutional scholar, he served as a member of the Princeton faculty for 12 years and as Princeton's provost for nine years before being named president.
Nicole Agus and Ira Bedzow |
Dinner and Discussion
Nicole Schreiber-Agus is the Program Director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also an Assistant Professor at Einstein. Nicole received her A.B. in Art History from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Research from Einstein. She was instrumental in establishing the Program for Jewish Genetic Health and she is also the founder and co-developer of MyJewishGeneticHealth.com, a Jewish genetics online education series. Nicole has authored numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, gives lectures across the country on genetic testing-related topics, and has mentored dozens of students.
Ira Bedzow directs the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical Center.
Dr. Bedzow received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, an M.A. in Jewish studies from Touro College, an M.A. in humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Princeton University. Dr. Bedzow is editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal En Route. He is also a senior scholar at the Aspen Center for Social Values.
NJ Chief Justice Stuart Rabner '82 |
Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court . He has previously served as New Jersey Attorney General , Chief Counsel to Governor Jon Corzine , and as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey .
President Emerita Shirley Tilghman
Dinner and Discussion
Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001, and assumed office on June 15, 2001. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president. She stepped down as president at the end of the 2012–13 academic year and returned to the faculty.
Professors Julian Zelizer |
Dinner and Discussion
Julian E. Zelizer has been one of the pioneers in the revival of American political history. In addition to his scholarly articles and book chapters, Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. He has published over five hundred op-eds, including his weekly column on CNN.Com. The History News Network named Professor Zelizer as one of the top young historians in the country.
Meg Jacobs is a Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School teaching courses in public policy and history. She is currently working on a book on the energy crisis of the 1970s, which looks at why American politicians failed to devise a long-term energy policy. She is the author of Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America,which was published with Princeton University Press and won the Organization of American Historians' 2006 prize for the best book on modern politics. She has recently published Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989, Bedford/St.Martin's (2010).
Roger Hertog is an American businessman, financier and conservative philanthropist. Hertog has been associated with various conservative and neoconservative think tanks and publications. Outside of politics, Hertog has been a supporter of arts and culture in New York City and has held various responsibilities in the New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Philharmonic.
On November 15, 2007, Hertog was awarded a National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony with U.S. President George W. Bush. The citation accompanying the award praised Hertog for "enlightened philanthropy on behalf of the humanities. His wisdom and generosity have rejuvenated institutions that are keepers of American memory."
He currently spends his days as president of the Hertog Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization, and as chairman of the Tikvah Fund, which promotes Jewish thought and ideas. The latter fund was established by Zalman (Sanford) Bernstein.
Ira Bedzow '03 and Daniel Mark '03 |
Can Religion contribute to Bioethics and Public Policy
Ira Bedzow is director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College. Dr. Bedzow received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, an M.A. in Jewish studies from Touro College, an M.A. in humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Princeton University. Dr. Bedzow is editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Looking Forward. He is also a senior scholar at the Aspen Center for Social Values, a network of socially minded individuals whose “mission is to leverage the unique assets of the Jewish tradition to promote serious thought about –and to bring a fresh and unique voice to—social and societal challenges that confront the world today.” He is the author of six books, numerous articles and chapters on Jewish law and philosophy and poetry.
Dr. Daniel Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion. At Villanova, he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good. He also holds the rank of Battalion Professor and serves as the university representative to the performance review board for Villanova’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit. He is the faculty adviser to the mock trial team and to the men’s club lacrosse team, and he is a mentor in the university’s Faith and Learning Scholars Program. Dr. Mark serves on the Jewish Religion and Culture Lecture Committee and the Graduate Committee of the Department of Political Science.
This event is co-sponsored with the Tikvah Fund.
Seth Siegel | Lecture
Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World
Seth M. Siegel is the author of the book "Let There Be Water." He is a businessman, activist and writer. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other publications around the world on business, political and cultural issues. Siegel has often appeared on television and has been widely quoted in major print media. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
Rediscovering the Theological-Political Roots of the Yamim Noraim
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and Dean of the Tikvah Summer Institute at Yale University. Prior to joining Tikvah, Rabbi Gottlieb served as Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Principal of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA and has taught at The Frisch School, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College, semikha from RIETS and and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife and five children.
William G. Bowen President Emeritus
Dr. William G. Bowen, founding chairman of ITHAKA and president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, served as president of that organization from 1988 to 2006. Dr. Bowen was president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988, where he also served as professor of economics and public affairs. A graduate of Denison University (artium baccalaureus, 1955) and Princeton University (philosophiae doctor, 1958), he joined the Princeton faculty in 1958 (specializing in labor economics) and served as provost there from 1967 to 1972.
Dr. Bowen joined the foundation in 1988 and his tenure at Mellon was marked by increases in the scale of the foundation's activities, with annual appropriations reaching $220 million in 2000. Dr. Bowen created an in-house research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries, and charitable nonprofits. Dr. Bowen's keen interest in the application of information technology to scholarship led to a range of initiatives including the foundation-sponsored creation of JSTOR, the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, ARTstor, and Ithaka.
Dr. Bowen is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including most recently Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President (Princeton University Press, 2010) and the Grawemeyer Award-winning The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (1998) with Derek Bok. Dr. Bowen serves on the boards of JSTOR and ARTstor, and is the co-chairman of The Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He also is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dennis Prager |
Dennis Prager is a Nationally Syndicated Radio Host broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 . In 2011, Dennis co-founded with Allen Estrin, Prager University, an institution of higher learning on the Internet, with a unique difference – all the courses are five minutes long. The courses distill the best ideas of the best minds in the world, and cover the disciplines of Political Science, History, Philosophy/Religion, Economics and Psychology. Mr. Prager is the author of several books, including Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (Harper-Collins, 2012), Why the Jews (with Joseph Telushkin; Simon and Schuster, 2003), and Happiness Is a Serious Problem (Harper-Collins, 1998). Mr. Prager writes a syndicated column (Creators Syndicate), published in newspapers across the country and on the Internet. His writings have also appeared in major national and international publications including, Commentary, The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on Fox and Friends, Red Eye, Hardball, Hannity, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many other television shows. Mr. Prager was a Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes. He has taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College, and the Hebrew Bible verse-by-verse at American Jewish University. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from Pepperdine University.
Michael Paulson is a national religion reporter for The New York Times. Before taking on the religion beat, he was the politics and religion editor in The Times’s Metro section, overseeing coverage of Albany, City Hall, and religion in New York. He edited coverage of the 2013 race for mayor of New York.
Mr. Paulson previously covered religion for the Boston Globe, where he was part of the team whose coverage of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church won the paper the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service, and he was a co-author of “ Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church .” His 2008 series, " Ma Siss’s Place ,’' about the birth of an evangelical church in a garage, won him Columbia University’s Berger Award , as well as the Religion Newswriters Association’s Supple and Templeton awards . And he was a four-time winner of the Wilbur Award for religion reporting, for coverage of clergy sexual abuse, the election of a gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, Catholic parish closings in Boston, and the death of Pope John Paul II. Mr. Paulson also worked as city editor at the Boston Globe, and as a reporter covering city, state and federal governments for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, politics for the San Antonio Light, and local news for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass.
Michael Kassen '76
Dessert and Discussion - Open Q & A about Israel.
Past President of AIPAC and Chairman of the AIPAC Board, former Executive VP and Chief Investment Officer at Neuberger Berman.
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
dubbed the "Rabbi of the Far East."
After his ordination as a rabbi, Marvin Tokayer served as United States Air Force Chaplain in Japan. Upon discharge he returned to Tokyo to serve for eight years as the rabbi for the Jewish Community of Japan. He wrote 20 books in Japanese, including several bestsellers; discovered literally the last of the Chinese Jews; located a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki; contributed to the Encyclopedia Judaica; acted as a bridge for many travelers between East and West; served the needs of his congregation; and became spellbound by the threads of a story which he began piecing together. His investigation of the facts took him throughout Asia, to Israel and Washington D.C. as he searched for documents and tracked down the people, both Jewish and Japanese, who had taken part in the rescue of Jews from the Holocaust.
Prof. Harvey Rosen
"A free form conversation with the 22nd Chairperson of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers"
Professor Rosen has been a member of Princeton's Department of Economics since 1974. He served as Chairman of the Department from 1993 to 1996, and was Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1993 to 2011. From 2007 to 2011 he served as the inaugural master of Princeton's sixth undergraduate residential college, Whitman College. During a second stint in Washington from 2003 to 2005, he served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, first as a Member and then as Chairman. In this capacity, he provided advice to the White House on a wide variety of policy issues, including tax reform, social security, health care, energy, the federal budget, and financial market regulation.
Rob Biederman '08
"The Power of Caring: How one company has the potential to change the way business gets done."
Graduate of class of 2008, founder of HourlyNerd which recently received financing from Marc Cuban - http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/mark-cuban-invests-in-start-up-to-connect-companies-to-m-b-a-s/?_r=0
Professor Gideon Rosen
Ph.D., Princeton, 1992. Joined the faculty in 1993, having taught previously at the University of Michigan. His areas of research include metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy. He is the author (with John Burgess) of A Subject With No Object (Oxford, 1997). Gideon Rosen is Chair of the Council of the Humanities
Jonathan Medved | co-sponsored with Business Today and Tigers for Israel
Jonathan Medved is, according to the Washington Post, ”one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. In the September, 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel. Medved has invested in over 100 Israeli startup companies, helping 12 of them to get to valuations in excess of $100 Million dollars.
Prof. David Spergel
Current chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences and an American theoretical astrophysicist , he is most known for his work on the WMAP mission. He has served as the chair of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council and was once the W.M. Keck distinguished visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey . Not only has he focused on deciphering the data that the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) beams back from space, he was part of the team that dreamed up the mission and designed the satellite that would carry it out. He shared the 2010 Shaw Prize in astronomy with Charles L. Bennett and Lyman A. Page,Jr. for their work on WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe). He was listed in Time Magazine: "25 Most Influential People in Space" (2013).
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is a world-renowned teacher, philosopher, social critic and prolific author, who has been one of our people’s greatest champions for open access to Jewish learning. His life's mission has been to give Jewish texts and learning back to the Jewish people and has recently finished a 45 year project of translating the Talmud. Co-sponsored with the Office of Religious Life and the Center for Jewish Life.
BANOT: Anne-Marie Slaughter '80
A discussion on women, career, and family.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009.
served as the United States ambassador to Israel and Egypt and is currently a lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies in the Woodrow Wilson School.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
He is the 55th and current Governor of New Jersey . Upon his election to the governorship in November 2009 , Christie became the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in 12 years. Christie, an attorney, previously served as United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey .
Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School where she has served as a CIA "officer-in-residence" since June 1995.Her field of expertise is technology and national security with particular focus on civilian applications of technology developed for intelligence purposes. She has led major research efforts developing new technology to support intelligence activities in counter-terrorism, negotiated international arms control treaties and has published on the former. Her tenure at the Central Intelligence Agency since 1985 has included assignments in Eastern and Western Europe and Washington DC.
Prof. Cornel West
is an American philosopher , author , critic , actor , civil rights activist and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University , where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Religion. West is known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement .
Prof. Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University , where he lectures on constitutional interpretation , civil liberties and philosophy of law . He also serves as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions . In a recent New York Times Magazine profile, George was labeled America's "most influential conservative Christian thinker."
Rabbi Menachem Schmidt
President of Chabad on Campus International Foundation will be speaking about "Intersection of Jewish values with life of modern college students". Rabbi Schmidt is the founder of the Jewish Business Network, Jewish Relief Agency, Jewish Heritage Programs, Lubavitch House of Philadelphia, and the Old City Jewish Art Center. Each year he helps bring out new leaders to campuses all over the United States. He was the recipient of the AviChai Jewish Genius Award.