TAU on the Potomac

The US capital was the backdrop for Tel Aviv University's annual international conference – a lively blend of intellectual and cultural offerings
01 April 2014
TAU on the Potomac
International group: Participants hailed from North and South America, Europe and Israel

This year's international conference, held in early March in Washington, DC, provided 75 board members and dear friends of TAU a behind-the-scenes experience of the US capital city and TAU academic research.


Participants were warmly welcomed to the conference by Jon Gurkoff — National Chairman of American Friends of TAU who co-organized and hosted the event — and heard greetings from TAU President Joseph Klafter and University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh.

Pictured from left: David Brand, AFTAU Conference Chair Bonnie Brand, Stevi Gurkoff and AFTAU National Chairman Jon Gurkoff


The four-day program included symposia with TAU professors and their American counterparts on topics much in the headlines: winning the cyber war; making cancer a chronic disease; the new media revolution; deconstructing stress; and history lessons that transcend today’s borders.


At the opening dinner, guests heard from Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz (pictured right), law professor at Harvard University and TAU honorary doctor, about the boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) movement.  Other elegant evening events gave participants an opportunity to gain insight from Kenneth Feinberg, Esq., Special Master of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, who spoke at Shabbat dinner, and Patrick Clawson, Director of Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter, speakers at the gala dinner chaired by Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman of the TAU Board of Governors.


During their stay, TAU governors and friends also enjoyed an intimate concert of J.S. Bach, and exclusive private tours of the Library of Congress, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and International Spy Museum, and more. View the photo gallery.



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