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"Free Speech and Antisemitism on College Campuses" - a conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Herbst

On Monday, February 5, 2024, The College of Arts and Sciences welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, President of the American Jewish University, in a conversation with Dean Joel H. Samuels. The two discussed, "Free Speech and Antisemitism on College Campuses," in the Karen J. Williams Courtroom, Joseph F. Rice School of Law.


For those who attended, we hope you found  this essential conversation about issues affecting college campuses and other institutions throughout the world both impactful and enlightening. This was one of many events we are planning to host to explore how universities and members of our communities can hold civil dialogue and solve vexing societal challenges. 

If you were unable to attend or wish to reminisce on an impactful night, view out photo gallery from the night or watch the video recording of the conversation.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Herbst for sharing his wisdom with us, and thank you to all who attended and made this event possible.

If you enjoyed this event, we hope you will attend the Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture with us on February 20, 2024. This series will host Dr. Amy-Jill Levine on "Jesus, Judaism, Antisemitism: How the Good News Goes Bad." 

About Dr. Jeffrey Herbst

Dr. Herbst was named the fourth president of American Jewish University effective July 1, 2018.

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Dr. Jeffrey Herbst

Prior to joining AJU, Dr. Herbst was president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. From 2010 to 2015, he was president of Colgate University, where among other accomplishments he is credited with helping the university complete its nearly half billion-dollar fundraising campaign, leading the development and initial implementation of a university-wide strategic plan, and increasing the diversity and academic caliber of its educational programming. Dr. Herbst earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Yale University. He is the author of the award-winning “States and Power in Africa” and, with several co-authors, the just-published “Making Africa Work.”

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