The Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series

The Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series was created in 2012 to honor Renée and Lester Crown, longtime and continuous supporters of the university.

  • Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation, and Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year, "Life, Love and Judaism: A Conversation about Writing and Spirituality", November 16, 2017
  • Meir Shalev, author of Two She-Bears, "Two She-Bears: Reflections on Israeli Society", November 10, 2016
  • "Matisyahu in Concert and Conversation", March 31, 2016.
    • Grammy-nominated reggae, hip-hop and rock artist Matisyahu joined Professor Barry Wimpfheimer for a conversation about his Jewish identity followed by a concert with his band for the crowd of over 600.
  • Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, "Still Falling: Gary Shteyngart Returns", October 25, 2014
  • Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University, "Jewish Democratic State: Israel between Nationalism, Religion and Liberalism", October 23, 2013
  • Nathan Englander, Prize-winning Author, "The Ownership of Identity", November 19, 2012