AEN Second National Conference: May 15-17, 2017

AEN will be holding its second National Conference from May 15-17, 2017, in downtown Chicago.

We are excited about this year’s conference, which, like our first national conference last spring in Washington, DC, will feature a variety of keynote talks, panels, and small group sessions.

Keynote speakers include Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School; Einat Wilf, Israeli author and former member of Knesset (Labor); and Ilan Troen, the Stoll Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University and founding director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

The conference will focus on addressing BDS, Israel, and academic freedom within the context of the current political climate on campuses. Specific topics to be addressed include: shifting political realities on American campuses, rising campus antisemitism from the radical left and radical right, the anticipated challenges ahead related to BDS and free speech, the role of law in addressing BDS and antisemitism on campus, and faculty and student experiences opposing BDS in this past year and opportunities for collaboration.

The conference will also feature expanded faculty, student, and guest participation, with the ultimate objective of educating AEN members about the issues needed to develop customized action plans for their campuses and helping to facilitate such preliminary planning during the conference.

We look forward to an informative and engaging conference, which will be limited to AEN members and invited guests. If you are a faculty member and would like to join AEN, please contact for more details.

A finalized conference program will be posted here later this month.