The Honorable Elliott Abrams is the chairman of Tikvah, as well as chairman of the Vandenberg Coalition and senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. He served as special assistant to the president and NSC senior director for the Near East and North Africa in the first term of George W. Bush, and as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the second term. In the Trump administration, he served in the State Department as special representative for Iran and for Venezuela. He is the author of Undue Process (1993), Security and Sacrifice (1995), Faith or Fear (1997), and Tested by Zion (2013), and writes widely on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and the issues of democracy and human rights. His most recent book is Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring (2017).
Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College.
He received his BA from Arkansas State University and his MA and PhD in government from the Claremont Graduate School. He served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. Dr. Arnn served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy from 1985 to 2000. In 1996, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which was passed by California voters and prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting, and admissions.
Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of The Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College board of visitors for two years, for which he earned the Department of the Army’s “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.” He was appointed in late 2020 as chairman of President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission, which was established to restore in American education an understanding of the history and principles of the founding of the United States. The 1776 Commission Report was published in early 2021. He received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in 2015, and most recently the Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society from The New Criterion.
He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Philadelphia Society, Churchill Centre, the Council for National Policy, the Federalist Society, the Mont Pelerin Society, and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Published widely in national newspapers, magazines, and periodicals on issues of public policy, history, and political theory, he is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education (2004), The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It (2012), and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government (2015).
Dr. Arnn is also a professor of politics and history at Hillsdale. He teaches courses on Aristotle, Winston Churchill, 20th-Century Totalitarian Novels, and the American Constitution.
He and his wife, Penelope, have four children—Henry, Katy, Alice, and Tony, and two grandchildren, Charlotte and William.
The Honorable William P. Barr received his AB in government from Columbia University in 1971 and his MA in government and Chinese studies in 1973. From 1973 to 1977, he served in the Central Intelligence Agency before receiving his JD with highest honors from George Washington University Law School in 1977.
In 1978, Mr. Barr served as a law clerk under Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following his clerkship, Mr. Barr joined the Washington, D.C., office of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge as an associate. He left the firm to work in the White House under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1983 on the domestic policy staff, then returned to the law firm and became a partner in 1985.
Under President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Barr served as the deputy attorney general from 1990 to 1991; the assistant attorney general of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1989 to 1990; and the 77th attorney general of the United States from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Barr helped create programs and strategies to reduce violent crime and was responsible for establishing new enforcement policies in a number of areas, including financial institutions, civil rights, and anti-trust merger guidelines. He also led the Justice Department’s response to the Savings & Loan crisis; oversaw the investigation of the Pan Am 103 bombing; directed the successful response to the Talladega prison uprising and hostage taking; and coordinated counter-terrorism activities during the First Gulf War.
Between 1994 and 2008, Mr. Barr served as executive vice president and general counsel for GTE Corporation and then Verizon.
After retiring from Verizon, Mr. Barr advised major corporations on government enforcement matters, as well as regulatory litigation. He served as of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2009 and rejoined the firm in 2017.
President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Mr. Barr on December 7, 2018, and he was confirmed as the 85th attorney general of the United States by the U.S. Senate on February 14, 2019. Mr. Barr joins John Crittenden (1841 and 1850-1853) as one of only two people in U.S. history to serve twice as attorney general.
Caroline Bryk works at Tikvah, where she is the executive director of the Jewish Parents Forum (JPF). JPF is a community of over 6,000 Jewish parents across the country who gather in-person and virtually to learn from leading thinkers and educators about the practical challenges facing Jewish parents today; strengthen their own Jewish and American identities; and work together as they navigate the moral hazards of this cultural moment. Previously, Caroline taught 3rd and 1st grades at Success Academy Harlem 5 and in the Chicago public school system. Caroline holds an MA in social and organizational psychology and a BA in psychology from Columbia University.
The Honorable Paul Clement served as the 43rd solicitor general of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. Before his confirmation as solicitor general, he served as acting solicitor general for nearly a year and as principal deputy solicitor general for over three years. Mr. Clement has argued over 100 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including McConnell v. FEC, Tennessee v. Lane, United States v. Booker, MGM v. Grokster, Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Rucho v. Common Cause, Facebook v. Duguid, and TransUnion v. Ramirez. He has argued more Supreme Court cases since 2000 than any lawyer in or out of government and has also argued many important cases in the lower courts, including Walker v. Cheney, United States v. Moussaoui, and NFL v. Brady.
Mr. Clement’s practice focuses on appellate matters, constitutional litigation, and strategic counseling. He represents a broad array of clients before the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts. He has initiated major administrative law challenges and constitutional litigation against the federal government, such as the successful challenge to the HHS drug-pricing rule and threatened challenges that led to the withdrawal of the Treasury Department’s proposed cryptocurrency regulations. Mr. Clement has undertaken substantial pro bono engagements at the Supreme Court, such as twice successfully representing the defendant in Bond v. United States, the defendant in Sekhar v. United States, a high school football coach in Kennedy v. Bremerton, and the Little Sisters of the Poor. His pro bono representation also precipitated the federal government’s confession of error in United States v. Rojas.
Following law school, Mr. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, he went on to serve as chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights. Mr. Clement is a distinguished lecturer in law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught in various capacities since 1998. He also serves as a senior fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute. He is the Justice Joseph Story Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Gray Center at Scalia Law School.
Eric Cohen is the CEO of Tikvah, which he has led since 2007. He was the founder and remains editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, is the founding publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs, as well as on the editorial advisory board of First Things. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Mosaic, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, First Things, and other prominent publications. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and before that on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds J.D. and M.T.S. degrees from Harvard University and the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L., D.C.L., and D.Litt. from Oxford University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Leon R. Kass, MD, PhD, is dean of the faculty at Shalem College, professor emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. He was chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. His numerous articles and books include: Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs (1985), The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature (1999), Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (1999) with Amy A. Kass, Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics (2004), The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis (2003), What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (2011) with Amy A. Kass and Diana Schaub, Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times (2017), Reading Ruth: Birth, Redemption, and the Way of Israel (2021) with Hannah Mandelbaum, and most recently, Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus (2021). He is the winner of the 2023 Herzl Prize, Tikvah’s highest honor.
Jennifer Millstone is the President and Founder of Infinite Hospitality, which develops and operates high-concept hospitality projects around the country. She is a noted advocate for criminal justice reform and is actively involved in various civic and charitable endeavors, including The Fortune Society, Bard Prison Initiative, and the Innocence Project. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of directors of the 92nd Street Y and on the board of directors of the Partnership for Public Service. Earlier in her career, Millstone was a senior analyst at Kroll Associates and worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Innocence Project, and the NYC Department of Investigations. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and a member of the New York Bar.
David Millstone is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Standard Industries, a privately held global industrial business, with more than 20,000 employees and operations in more than 80 countries. Standard’s businesses span a broad array of holdings, technologies and investments, encompassing world-class building solutions, performance materials, real estate, and next-generation solar technology. Standard comprises the operating companies GAF, BMI, Grace, GAF Energy, Siplast, SGI and Schiedel, as well as Standard Investments and Winter Properties. David is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and currently serves on the University Council at Yale, the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and the Board of Trustees of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Together, Jennifer and David are proud to support the Millstone Scholars program and additional Tikvah initiatives advancing a foundational Jewish education for 7th and 8th grade students. They believe—as the parents of four young daughters, and informed by their own early and deeply influential Jewish educations—that this age group is primed to embark on a lifetime of intellectual engagement with the great ideas and leaders of Jewish, Zionist, and American civilization. Ultimately, they hope that the discussions that begin in Tikvah seminars invite reflection, further inquiry, and continued conversation in all aspects of participants’ lives, from classrooms to athletic fields to dinner tables. The Millstones live with their daughters, the eldest of whom has been a Tikvah scholar since the eighth grade, in Colorado.
Alana Newhouse is the editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine, which she founded in 2009. In less than a decade, she turned Tablet into one of the most influential Jewish outlets around the world—“a must-read for all young politically and culturally engaged Jews”—according to New York Magazine. Before Tablet, Alana was the culture editor at the Forward—where she also started a line of books, and curated an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York about the history of Yiddish newspapers and American Jewish life. She’s also a regular contributor to other outlets, including the New York Times. She began her career working for the legendary New York City political guru David Garth, and is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Christine Rosen is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on American history, society and culture, technology and culture, and feminism. She is also a columnist for Commentary and one of the cohosts of The Commentary Magazine Podcast. She is a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and a senior editor in an advisory position at the New Atlantis.
Her previous positions include editor of In Character, managing editor of the Weekly Standard, and distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress.
Dr. Rosen is the author or co-author of many books and book chapters. Her books include The Extinction of Experience (forthcoming), Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV, Chick Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture (2011) with Naomi Schaefer Riley; My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood (2005), which was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post, Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement (2004), The Feminist Dilemma: When Success Is Not Enough (2001), and Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America (1999).
A prolific writer, Dr. Rosen is often published in the popular press. Her opinion pieces, articles, and reviews have appeared in Commentary, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Examiner, the New York Daily News, National Affairs, National Review, the New Atlantis, the New Republic, Politico, Slate, and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other outlets.
Dr. Rosen’s broadcast appearances include ABC News, BBC News, CBS News, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, NBC News, MSNBC, PBS News, and National Public Radio. She has testified before Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics.
Dr. Rosen has a PhD in history, with a major in American intellectual history, from Emory University, and a BA in history from the University of South Florida.
Daniel S. Senor is a bestselling author, host of the “Call Me Back” podcast, and a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Foreign Policy Initiative. His most recent government position was in the administration of George W. Bush, where Mr. Senor served as chief spokesman and senior adviser to the Coalition in Iraq. One of the longest-serving civilian officials in Iraq, Mr. Senor also served as a Pentagon adviser to U.S. Central Command in Qatar and as a foreign policy and communications aide in the U.S. Senate. He has also advised a number of candidates for U.S. Senate. During the 2012 presidential election, Mr. Senor was a senior foreign policy adviser to Governor Mitt Romney. His analytical pieces have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, Time, and Newsweek. He is co-author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (2011), a New York Times Business Bestseller. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Senor worked as an investment banker at the Carlyle Group. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A from Harvard.
Dr. Jonathan Silver is the senior director of Tikvah Ideas, where he is also the Warren R. Stern Senior Fellow of Jewish Civilization. The editor of Mosaic, he is also the host of the Tikvah Podcast, on which he has hosted hundreds of writers, rabbis, educators, military officers, artists, and political figures, including members of Israel’s Knesset, the U.S. Senate, and the prime minister of Israel.
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is a senior fellow at Tikvah, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and senior rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. He is also the host of the popular Bible 365 and Jerusalem 365 daily podcasts. Rabbi Soloveichik previously served as associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan.
He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. Rabbi Soloveichik’s essays on these subjects have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Commentary, Mosaic, First Things, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal. His first book, Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship, was published in June of this year by Encounter. In August 2012, Rabbi Soloveichik gave the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. He is the son of Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, grandson of the late Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, and the great nephew of the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.
Tal Fortgang is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He holds concurrent fellowships at the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty and SAPIR.
Fortgang’s interests include law, political theory, religion, ideology, and culture. His popular writings have appeared in City Journal, Commentary, National Affairs, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He has also published legal scholarship in the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and the Texas Review of Law & Politics. He holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University, where he graduated cum laude, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Ruth Wisse is Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature Emerita at Harvard and distinguished senior fellow at Tikvah, where she writes regularly for Mosaic, teaches, lectures, and hosts the Stories Jews Tell podcast. Her books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles (2010), The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture (2003), A Little Love in Big Manhattan (1988), and No Joke: Making Jewish Humor (2013), a volume in the Tikvah-sponsored Library of Jewish Ideas with Princeton University Press. She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (1992) and Jews and Power (2007). Her memoir, Free as a Jew A Personal Memoir of National Self- Liberation was published in 2021.