2018 Season Speaker Biographies

Week One

Dahlia LithwickDahlia Lithwick is a provocative journalist and writer. As a contributing editor at Newsweek, senior editor at Slate, and guest columnist at the New York Times, Dahlia writes about law and politics in the United States. Her published work has appeared in The New RepublicThe American ProspectElleThe Ottawa Citizen, and The Washington Post. Her podcast "Amicus" focuses on the US Supreme Court.



Supreme Court, Religion and the Jews: The 2017 Term - Part 1: Introduction to the First Amendment's Religion clauses and a brief overview of the current Court. Masterpiece Cakeshop -- why baking a cake becomes the religious freedom case of the year.

Supreme Court, Religion and the Jews: The 2017 Term - Part 2: The other religion cases: The Muslim ban and abortion clinics. Looking ahead to the next few terms


Week Two

Jane EisnerJane Eisner is the Editor in Chief of The Forward, one of today's most influential Jewish news organizations nationally and internationally. Hired in 2008, Jane is the first woman to hold this important and prestigious position, having grown the paper's readership and garnering regional and national awards for its news coverage. Jane has been a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and WNYC and has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and Brookings Review.



Being Jewish in Trump's America

Beyond the Shtetlesphere: Jewish journalism today


Week Three

David MossArtist David Moss is Illuminator, Animator and Transformer of Jewish texts, ritual objects, spaces and soulsMoss’s work extends to furniture, pottery, as well as architectural structures, gardens and indoor and outdoor “spaces” around the world. His world-renowned Passover Haggadah is considered by many as the most beautiful Haggadah of all time. Moss is sought-after by collectors and institutions from around the world.




Illuminating Judaism—The graphic works of David Moss

Embodying Tradition—Moving beyond graphics into 3-D art and beyond.


Week Four 

ttp://images.politico.com/global/arena/aron_nan.jpgNan Aron is founder and president of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a liberal judicial advocacy group in the United States. Attorney Aron has been nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal judiciary and citizen participation in public policy. Author of Liberty and Justice for All: Public Interest Law in the 1980s and Beyond, Aron has appeared as an expert in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Vanity Fair and on NPR.



The Fight to Save the Federal Judiciary

Activism in the Trump Era


Week Five

Kenneth_SternKenneth Stern is an authority on extremism, hate crimes, and anti-Semitism. Defense attorney and author, he is currently Executive Director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation whose mission is to combat hatred and anti-Semitism through increased study and academic freedom. Stern served as special advisor to the defense in Holocaust denier David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books, and was an official member of the US delegation to Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance.




Why White Supremacists chanted "Jews Will Not Replace Us" -- understanding the role of anti-Semitism among neo-Nazis in the age of Trump.

The toxic impact of the Israel/Palestine conflict on academic freedom and free speech on campus.


Week Six

10th Anniversary Celebration & Re-Dedication Open House

            Monday – EJLCC Donor Thank-You Dinner and Celebration

            Tuesday – EJLCC Re-Dedication, Community Open House and Lunch

Our Tuesday events and Lunch are open to all Chautauquans


David SapersteinDavid Saperstein returns 10 years after his dedication of the EJLCC to join us for our re-dedication.   He served as the director and chief legal counsel at the Union for Reform Judaism's. On July 28, 2014, President Obama nominated Saperstein to be the first non-Christian to hold the post of United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.





Week Seven 

Stephen_M_Silverman Stephen M. Silverman is the author of a dozen books, including The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America; Funny Ladies: The Great Comediennes of the 20th Century; and the critically acclaimed biographies of the filmmakers David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) and Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain), featuring introductions by Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn, respectively. As a journalist he is a 20-year veteran of Time Inc., and his work has appeared in Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Times of London, Smithsonian, Vogue, and The Washington Post. For nine years he was an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in New York City.



The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America

The History of the Amusement Park: 900 Years of Spills& Thrills

Week Eight 

Deborah TannenDeborah Tannen is New York Times bestselling author of You Just Don’t Understand, about language and relationships, You’re Wearing THAT?, about mothers and grown daughters, and You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!, about sisters. Her latest book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, explores the role of talk in women’s vs. men’s friendships. Professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she has appeared on The Colbert Report, 20/20, Oprah, and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Fresh Air, and in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Her play An Act of Devotion, about returning with her father to Warsaw, his birthplace, is included in The Best American Short Plays 1993-1994.


Why Didn’t You Tell Me?: Women (and Men) Friends in Conversation

Conversations on the Small Screen: How Communicating over Social Media is Changing and Challenging Relationships


Week Nine 

Lloyd Sederer
Lloyd Sederer, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the nation’s largest state mental health system, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health. Respected as one of the country’s experts on mental health and addiction, he is the Huffington Post’s Medical Editor for Mental Health, contributes regularly to US News & World Report, and has authored 11 books and over 500 articles on mental health.




Improving Mental Health:  Four Secrets in Plain Sight

The Addiction Solution:  Treating Our Dependence on Opiods and Other Drugs