Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat will visit the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Wednesday, October 23, to speak at the 5th annual Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture Series.
The lecture will take place at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Ambassador Eizenstat is an attorney who heads the International Practice at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington, D.C. He has received seven honorary doctorate degrees and more than 100 awards, including the Legion of Honor from France and an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Eizenstat has served in senior leadership positions in three U.S. administrations: White House Chief Domestic Policy Advisor for President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary for Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs; and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration (1993-2001).
"The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies has once again garnered one of the best and brightest to speak at the 5th Annual Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture Series," said Gary Javitch, a Schwalb Center advisory committee member.
Eizenstat’s latest book, The Future of Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and its Relationship with the United States, will serve as the basis for his talk in Omaha. In it, he surveys the major geopolitical, economic and security challenges facing the world today, particularly the Jewish world and the United States.
Ambassador Eizenstat has been a longtime volunteer leader in the Jewish community, most recently as the co-chair of the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem. Today his articles appear in The New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.
"We are fortunate this year to have such a special guest. Ambassador Eizenstat not only served three U.S. presidents in his distinguished government career but is also quite well known for his many contributions to the American Jewish community," said Nate Schwalb, founder of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.
The Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from the Sokolof Family Foundation with additional support by the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
Established in 2009, the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies aims to create, coordinate and promote an interdisciplinary program focusing on teaching and scholarship in Jewish and Israeli history, politics, culture and society. It is part of UNO’s College of Arts and Sciences.
For more information about the 2013 Sokolof Lecture, contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich, director, Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO at 402.554.3175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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