On February 17, 2019, at the East Bank Club in Chicago, guests gathered to enjoy a topical symposium featuring experts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Hebrew University: Global Impact, Local Connections was hosted by American Friends of the Hebrew University’s Midwest Region.  Scientists and scholars shared their knowledge in fields ranging from nutrition and brain health to Israeli politics and international relations.

The renowned speakers were Professor Reuven Hazan of the Hebrew University’s Department of Political Science, Professor Aron Troen, Director of the Nutrition and Brain Health Laboratory, and Professor Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, the incoming Academic Director of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.  Professor Hazan discussed Israeli Politics and Society at a Crossroads, in light of upcoming elections.  Professor Troen’s presentation, “Food for Thought,” highlighted influential relationships between lifestyle, nutritional choices and healthy brain aging.  Based on her extensive expertise in the social sciences, Professor Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi presented the nuanced topic, “The Power of Collective Memory: What Does It Take to be Remembered?”

To see videos from the conference, please visit AFHU’s Facebook page.