The President's Speaker Series at Ƶ serves as a platform to highlight critical issues and topics shaping our contemporary world. Through engaging discussions and presentations, led by Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, this series aims to showcase the perspectives of prominent leaders, scholars, and experts on various subjects of significance.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussions.


Graphic for The Wars of the Middle East with Admiral Mullen including his headshot and an image of a tank in the background

The Wars of the Middle East

Thursday, June 6  at 12pm Pacific Time

Only a few months ago, the Biden administration was celebrating relative stability in the Middle East. However, since October 7th, Israel has been involved in a multifront war in Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria. The US and its allies have also been drawn directly into military operations against the Houthis, including arguably the most significant naval engagements since World War II. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen will be in conversation with AJU President Jeffrey Herbst to discuss Israel's military prospects, how the US can successfully exercise force to pursue its interests, and what victory means in the twenty-first century.


What Does It Mean to Be a Christian Ally of Israel?

Tuesday, July 9 | 12pm Pacific Time

Revered Johnnie Moore, President of JDA Worldwide and the Congress of Christian Leaders has been called one of America's most influential evangelical leaders and is especially known for his efforts at the intersection of faith and foreign policy. He has been a prominent supporter of Israel and a continual advocate for international religious freedom, efforts that led him to be awarded the Medal of Valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Reverend Moore is also a founding member of the ADL’s Task Force on Minorities in the Middle East and the chair of the public committee at the University of Haifa’s Laboratory for Religious Studies. Reverend Moore will be in conversation with AJU President Jeffrey Herbst to discuss his perspective on Israel after October 7th, the current wave of Ƶ, the feeling of many Jews being abandoned, and his own experience of advocacy.


  • The Fight Against Antisemitism After October 7 with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL

    Since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, there has been a surge in Ƶ worldwide.

    AJU President Jeffrey Herbst and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, discussed the reasons for this upsurge in hate, why the Jewish community was not better protected, controversies on college campuses, and what must be done in the future to ensure our safety.

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  • Teaching the Holocaust on Fortnite and Through Gaming Platforms

    Despite spending many millions of dollars on Holocaust museums and education, statistics paint a dismal picture of what young people understand about the Nazis attempt to exterminate the Jews. Luc Bernard, a noted game designer, has taken a different approach. He created a video game aimed at portraying the Holocaust accurately, titled The Light in the Darkness, and on the Fortnite gaming platform, he developed a virtual museum called Voices of the Forgotten that allows young people to learn about Holocaust in a familiar virtual environment. Bernard will be in conversation with AJU President Jeffrey Herbst about the opportunities the virtual world has to offer for Holocaust education, how people across the world have responded to his digital creations, and the opportunities and perils of “gamifying” the mass killing of Jews.  

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  • The Geopolitics of the Middle East After October 7

    The Hamas attacks on October 7 and the subsequent war in Gaza upended political relations across the Middle East, with important implications for Israel’s security and American foreign policy. Join Jeffrey Herbst, President of Ƶ, and Greg Treverton, former chair of the National Intelligence Council for an important discussion on Middle East Geopolitics.

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