The State of Hate
Join Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, in conversation with AJU President Jeffrey Herbst. They will be discussing the state and evolution of hatred and antisemitism and the ADL’s role in combating prejudice.
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and its sixth National Director. As chief executive of ADL, Jonathan leads all aspects of the world’s leading anti-hate organization. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with deep experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Under Greenblatt, ADL has worked in innovative ways to counter anti- Semitism from all sides and to combat extremism in all forms. In 2016, he expanded ADL’s Center on Extremism to enhance the organization’s work in monitoring and neutralizing rising threats to Jews and other minorities. In 2017, he launched ADL’s Center on Technology and Society in Silicon Valley to fight the rising tide of anti- Semitism and hate in social media. He has initiated partnerships with diverse organizations including the Aspen Institute, the European Jewish Congress, Google, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Volkswagen. In 2016, he launched “Never Is Now” which has evolved into one of the largest annual convenings in the world focused on anti- Semitism.
Dr. Jeffrey Herbst is the fourth president of American Jewish University. At AJU, he has focused on promoting innovation in the university’s academic programs. He has also supported the growth of the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys, expansion of the B’Yachad/Together digital platform, and capital improvements on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus.
Prior to joining AJU, Dr. Herbst was president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. From 2010 to 2015, he was president of Colgate University, where among other accomplishments he is credited with helping the university complete its nearly half billion-dollar fundraising campaign, leading the development and initial implementation of a university-wide strategic plan, and increasing the diversity and academic caliber of its educational programming.
Dr. Herbst earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Yale University. He is the author of the award-winning “States and Power in Africa” and, with several co-authors, the just-published “Making Africa Work.”