Steven Levitsky is an American political scientist & Professor of Government at Harvard University. For the past 20 years, he has studied democracies in Europe and Latin America. His recent book, “How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future”, was described by The New York Times Book Review as “comprehensive, enlightening & terrifyingly timely”. He will discuss the challenges facing American democracy, and will address the question, “Is our democracy in danger”?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

How Democracies Die:

What History Reveals About Our Future.

Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986. Multi-talented, he has written fiction, nonfiction, critical essays, humor, and memoirs; his topics of interest range from art, food, children’s literature…..to life in Paris. Winner of three National Magazine awards and The Order of Arts & Letters (awarded by the French Ministry of Culture), he lectures widely & has been featured on “The Moth”.

Jeffrey Toobin is Chief Analyst for CNN and a staff writer for the New Yorker. He is one of the most recognized, and admired, legal journalist in the country, and has authored many best sellers including, "American Heiress: The Kidnapping Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst," and “The Nine: Inside The Secret World of the Supreme Court”, for which he won the Neiman Foundation award for Journalism at Harvard University and the J. Anthony Lukas Prize for Nonfiction at Columbia University. He is working on a book about Robert Mueller's investigation.

Summer Institute forums are held on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Center Street, Vineyard Haven (unless otherwise noted).  For online ticket purchases to speaker events, visit Ticketsmv.com.



Thursday, August 01, 2019

Juliette Kayyem serves as the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  She is the founder of Kayyem Solutions, LLC, providing strategic consulting in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and cybersecurity, as well as the CEO of Zemcar, a lifestyle company focused on connecting busy parents with qualified drivers to solve their family’s transportation needs. She is also an on-air national security analyst for CNN. She was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.



Thursday, August 08, 2019

Congressman Adam Schiff  (D-California) has served in Congress since 2001 and is the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation’s intelligence community including agencies within the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, State, and Energy. He has been a leader in the investigation of Russian interference in the American electoral process. He has also been a key sponsor of legislation in Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In addition to his work on national security, his priorities have included jobs and the economy, immigration, the environment, and LGBT rights.



Thursday, July 25, 2019



Thursday, July 18, 2019

George Church is a professor of genetics at the Harvard Medical School and a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology faculty that integrates science, medicine & engineering to solve problems in human health. He is known for his contributions to the sequencing of genomes & CRISPR technology, a powerful gene editing technique that is creating a “buzz” in the science world.



Thursday, August 15, 2019