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The SpotLight Speaker Series - Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit – Talpiot with author Jason Gewirtz

Date: February 28, 2017Time: 7:00 pm
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Swiped: How to Protect Yourself In a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves
with author Adam Levin

Wednesday, February 8 • 7:00 p.m.
Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life. With the breaches of huge organizations, this doesn't mean there's no hope. Your identity may get stolen, but it doesn't have to be a life-changing event. Adam Levin, a long-time consumer advocate and identity fraud expert, provides a method to help you keep hackers, phishers and spammers from becoming your problem. With a clearheaded practical approach, Swiped is your guide to surviving the identity theft epidemic.

“The real value of Levin’s book…lies not in its diagnosis, alarming though it is, but in its practical advice on how to protect yourself. No one can make themselves completely safe, but much like burglars who target the most vulnerable house on the street, hackers will seek out those with the weakest online defenses. Levin has a wealth of suggestions for making yourself less vulnerable.”
The Sunday Times (UK)

Adam K. Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years of experience and is a nationally recognized expert on security, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance. A former Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is Chairman and founder of CyberScout (formerly IDT911) and co-founder of Credit.com.  Mr. Levin’s mission is to educate consumers, businesses and lawmakers about identity management, privacy, credit and security issues. He is the security and credit expert for ABCNews.com and writes a weekly column that appears on ABC News, The Huffington Post, Yahoo!, AOL, MSN, and MarketWatch. He is a contributor for Inc. Magazine and Newsmax and has written guest columns that have appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, The Hill, Bloomberg View, American Express Security Center, The National Cybersecurity Alliance blog, Entrepreneur, and WIRED.  Levin is a frequent guest appearing on many programs including MSNBC News Nation and MSNBC Live, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, CNBC Closing Bell, America’s News HQ on Fox News, Varney & Co. on Fox Business, Inside City Hall on NY1, Bloomberg Surveillance, The Willis Report on Fox Business, Fox & Friends, Fox Business After the Bell, ABC World News Tonight, ABC News Nightline, Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business, Mornings with Maria on Fox Business, PBS Nightly Business Report and Al Jazeera, as well as radio appearances throughout the country, including NPR, ABC News Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Associated Press Radio, CBS News Radio, 1010 Wins, WTOP and SiriusXM, and features in The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune.

To learn more about Swiped and Levin, click here.

Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit – Talpiot
with author Jason Gewirtz

Tuesday, February 28 • 7:00 p.m.
Talpiot, a special unit of the Israel Defense Forces, is considered to be the most elite in the army. Instead of learning to fight, the few soldiers selected each year "learn how to think." Recruits enlist for a minimum of ten years and are charged with designing weapons that will protect Israel for generations to come.

"The Talpiot unit accentuates one of the most eminent sources of strength of the State of Israel: its human capital."
— President Shimon Peres

Jason Gewirtz is an executive producer at the business news network CNBC. He produces Power Lunch and special programming for CNBC. He has covered Israel for CNBC and NBC News.

To learn more about Israel's Edge and Gewirtz, click here.

Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days
with author Eric Trager

Sunday, March 5 • 10:30 a.m. • brunch served
How did the Muslim Brotherhood win power so quickly following Egypt's dramatic 2011 Arab Spring uprising? And in July 2013, why did the Brotherhood fall from power even more quickly, culminating with the overthrow of Egypt's first elected president, Mohamed Morsi? Eric Trager takes a close look at the Brotherhood's decision-making throughout this critical period to give us an understanding of this heated 2½ year period.

Eric Trager is Washington's go-to expert on Egypt, the Arab Spring, and the rise and fall (and possible rise again) of the Muslim Brotherhood. Clear-eyed, incisive and authoritative, Trager specializes in making sense of a maddeningly complicated crisis, and he does so without sacrificing scholarly rigor in the process. "Arab Fall" is an indispensable book about a tumultuous period in the history of a hugely important country, and in the history of the Brotherhood, a group that has profoundly shaped the world in which we live today."
— Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Eric Trager is the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy where his research focuses on Egyptian politics. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post

To learn more about Arab Fall and Trager, click here.

The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State
with authors Louis Grumet and John Caher

Thursday, March 16 • 7:00 p.m.
The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel examines a case involving the ultra-Orthodox community of Kiryas Joel, a village adjacent to the town of Monroe, Orange County, New York.  The case involved individuals who had chosen to isolate themselves from the temptations of modern American life while simultaneously insisting on government accommodation and financial support. The 1994 case, The Board of Education of the Village of Kiryas Joel v. Grumet, stands as the most important legal precedent in the fight to uphold the separation of church and state.  

Louis Grumet is the former executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. He has previously held various positions, including special assistant to Mario Cuomo during his term as Secretary of State of New York. John Caher is an award-winning writer specializing in legal reportage. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including Personal Bankruptcy Laws for Dummies, King of the Mountain, and A Time for Reflection.

To learn more about Kiryas Joel, Grumet and Caher, click here.

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