WATERVILLE — Colby College’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life will host the third in a series of Community Conversations 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Beth Israel Congregation, 291 Main St.
This event is free and open to the public.
The program will feature Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, and Steven Jacobson, vice president for strategy at the Dorot Foundation and director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. They will address the topic of “Faith and Equality: How do we get along when our personal faith and societal conceptions of equality and justice diverge?” This is the final conversation in a series titled: “Are We One? Speaking as a Divided Nation.”
Community Conversations is a series of three discussions bringing together Waterville faith and community institutions with Colby faculty and students to discuss major issues of common concern. Each conversation features two thought-leaders — one Jewish and one secular — in conversation with each other, followed by group discussions over coffee and dessert, catered by Acadia Cakes.
Amy Walter, Colby ’91, is the national editor of The Cook Political Report, a preeminent source of non-partisan political analysis relied on for accurate political forecasting. She provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at cookpolitical.com. Over the past 19 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, and CBS’s Face the Nation, and she provides political analysis for the PBS NewsHour. She was named one of DC’s “50 Top Journalists” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College.
Steven Jacobson is vice president for strategy at the Dorot Foundation and director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. A lifelong student, and sometime teacher, of the American Jewish experience, he has been Hillel director at the University of Kansas, director of the Curricular Project for International Jewish Communal Service, and instructor of the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. As part of his work with the Dorot Fellowship, he has led the development of an innovative leadership training curriculum and leads an annual seminar in Budapest about the historical and contemporary Jewish experience of Hungary. He consults to a variety of nascent-stage Jewish initiatives and is currently on the board of Encounter, a non-partisan educational organization cultivating informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jacobson has degrees from the University of Kansas and Brandeis University and was a senior fellow of the Melton Center for Diaspora Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The program is sponsored by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Beth Israel Congregation, Colby College, and the Mid-Maine Interfaith Clergy Association.