Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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… 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”.

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.

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.

Juliette Kayyem serves as a national security analyst for CNN and hosts a regular podcast for WGBH, Boston’s NPR station. She is a trial lawyer and founder of Kayyem Solutions, which provides strategic advice in technology, risk management & cyber security. She was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Congressman Adam Schiff  (D-California) has served in Congress since 2001 and is the ranking member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On January 3, 2019, he will become the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. He has been an influential voice for the Democratic Party on the Armenian Genocide, campaign finance reform, and the investigation into the attacks on the Benghazi diplomatic compound. Currently, he is the ranking member on the task force conducting inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

Thursday, August 01, 2019