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Yeshiva University: Natural and Historical Right – Investigating the Israeli and American Declarations of Independence

December 2, 2022

The Straus Center at Yeshiva University, a JMC partner program, will host a series of panels on rights and the Israeli and American Declarations of Independence. Panelists will include JMC partners Neil Rogachevsky, Steven Smith, Bill Kristol, and fellow Samuel Goldman.

Friday, December 2, 2022 • 9:00 AM-2:00 PM EST
Center for Jewish History

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Neil Rogachevsky is Associate Director and Assistant Professor at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, where he teaches and researches Israel studies and the history of political thought. His first book, which addresses the political theory of the founding of Israel, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2022. He received his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Professor Rogachevsky is a JMC faculty partner.

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Steven SmithSteven B. Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is also the Co-Director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Representative Institutions(YSCRI) which focuses on the theory and practice of representative government in the Anglo-American world. His research has focused on the history of political philosophy with special attention to the problem of the ancients and moderns, the relation of religion and politics, and theories of representative government. Aside from Reclaiming Patriotism, his best known publications include, among others, Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity (1997), Reading Leo Strauss (2006), Political Philosophy (2012), and Modernity and its Discontents (2016).

Professor Smith is a JMC faculty partner.

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Bill KristolBill Kristol is founder of The Weekly Standard, which he edited until it closed its doors in 2018. As a prominent political analyst and commentator, he is a frequent guest of televised news shows on such networks as ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Bill has a podcast and video series, Conversations with Bill Kristol, which features a host of impressive guests (including Jim Ceaser, fellow JMC board member) and has published widely in areas ranging from foreign policy to constitutional law and political philosophy. Early in his career, he served on the faculty at Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania.

Bill currently serves on the boards of the Manhattan Institute and the Foundation for Constitutional Government.  He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Dr. Kristol is a JMC board member.

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Samuel GoldmanSamuel Goldman is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Executive Director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom and Director of the Politics & Values Program at George Washington University. His teaching interests range from ancient republicanism to early-modern debates about church and state to contemporary democratic theory. His first book God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. His second book, After Nationalism, was published from the University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2021. In addition to his academic research, Goldman is literary editor of Modern Age: A Conservative Quarterly and a contributing editor at The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Professor Goldman is a JMC fellow.

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The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow. The education and guidance our students receive allow them to impact the realms of ideas, politics, journalism, and public affairs at a time when both the West and Judaism find themselves at critical junctures.

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