AEN Webinar Series

In May 2020, AEN launched a new interactive webinar series. The webinar series features leading scholars, experts, and practitioners on issues related to AEN’s mission, including countering Israel delegitimization and antisemitism on campus, supporting academic freedom and free speech, and promoting rigorous discussion of contemporary Israel.


September 9, 2020 – “This Isn’t Europe”: How Israel’s Mizrahi Community is Redefining Israeli Identity

AEN’s third webinar featured Matti Friedman, the prominent Israeli journalist and author. Friedman discussed how Israel’s Mizrahi population (Jews from Arab countries and their descendants) has shaped and shifted Israeli politics, culture, and society, and how to integrate these narratives into on-campus discussions.


June 25, 2020 – Combating Antisemitism and Protecting Free Speech on Campus: A Panel Discussion on Title VI and the December 2019 Executive Order

This webinar featured a panel of experts who shared multiple perspectives on the utility and impact of the recent Executive Order: Joe Cohn, Legislative and Policy Director for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Alyza D. Lewin, President and General Counsel at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, and Benjamin Ryberg, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research at The Lawfare Project. The webinar recording includes the opening and closing remarks of the panelists (breakout sessions were off the record and not recorded).


May 27, 2020 – A New Model for Combating Antisemitism & Anti-Israel Activism on Campus

AEN’s inaugural webinar featured Gil Troy, Professor of History at McGill University and author of The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow. Troy described how the ideas and concepts discussed in his book could serve as catalysts for rigorous, proactive discussions about Zionism and Israel which counter the one-sided narrative often heard on many campuses.