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Amram Scholar Series

This dynamic program of public lectures brings world-renowned authors, scholars, political leaders, policy experts, and theologians to WHC to share their perspectives on timely issues or their research into Jewish culture and history.

We are pleased to present prominent writers of the nation's newest works on topics of Jewish interest, often in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Amram and WHC Academy

WHC Academy and the Amram Scholar Series are teaming up for three programs this December that will bring us together as a community for an open dialogue about current issues and historical events.

Each week will include a lecture, Q&A with the evening’s speaker, and dinner with facilitated dialogue. Learn more about the speakers below.

These special "WHC Academy and Amram Scholar Series Go Conversational" evenings require pre-registration.

Several ticket options are available, including discounts when registering for multiple sessions or with a "plus one."

2018-2019 Amram Scholar Series Schedule

Unless specified, all lectures are held at Temple on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Sunday, October 21

Madeleine Albright, author of Fascism: A Warning

Sunday, November 4

Norman L. Eisen, author of The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House

Monday, December 3 at 7:00 pm

*Stuart E. Eizenstat, author of President Carter: The White House Years

Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm

*Steven A. Cook, author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm

*Wendy Sherman, author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage

Sunday, January 6

Jonathan Weisman, author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump

Sunday, February 3

James Loeffler, author of Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
Professor Loeffler's talk is sponsored by the Leo & Elizabeth Goodman Public Issues Endowment Fund.

Sunday, March 3

Steven R. Weisman, author of The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion

Sunday, March 31

Tal Keinan, author of God is in the Crowd: Twenty-First Century Judaism

Sunday, April 28

Nadine Epstein, author of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy, and Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel's Classroom

Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm

Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

*Part of WHC Academy's "Academy Goes Conversational" series. Each lecture in this Fall III series is followed by dinner, dialogue, and Q&A, and registration is required. Please click here to learn more.



Past Lectures

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright opened the 2018-2019 Amram Scholar Series on Sunday, October 21 with a discussion of her new book, Fascism: A WarningDrawing on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat, Dr. Albright questions whether the world would reject another Mussolini or Hitler-type leader should one try to rise to power. 

Upcoming Events

December 3, 2018 / Monday
WHC Academy and Amram Scholar Series Present: Stuart E. Eizenstat
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

WHC Academy and the Amram Scholar Series are teaming up for three events this December that will bring us together as a community for an open…

December 10, 2018 / Monday
WHC Academy and Amram Scholar Series Present: Steven A. Cook
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
December 17, 2018 / Monday
WHC Academy and Amram Scholar Series Present: Wendy Sherman
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Previous Years

Re-watch and re-experience the dynamic lectures from previous years of the Amram Scholar Series.

2017-2018 Lectures  
2017-2018 Lectures
2016-2017 Lectures  
2016-2017 Lectures
2015-2016 Lectures  
2015-2016 Lectures