The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center kick-offs their annual Summer Institute on July 11 with a talk about artificial intelligence from Harvard University professor Karim R. Lakhani.

This summer’s programming features six speakers on consecutive Thursdays at the Hebrew Center, concluding on Aug. 15 with Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard University.

Mr. Feldman will talk about the war in Gaza and what it means to be a Jew today.

On August 1, David Makovsky, director of the Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations, will also be talking about the war in Gaza.

Keith Heller, the chair of the institute, said the programming does not have a pro-Israel or pro-Palestine agenda.

“The reason to come to the talks is to hear first-person what some very thoughtful, well-informed, highly respected people have to say,” Mr. Heller said. “Come and listen with an open mind.”

At the end of each talk will be a Q&A session which Mr. Heller said is intended to provide an unfiltered outlet for attendees to engage in thoughtful discussions.

Kimberly Manning, professor of medicine at Emory University, will speak about the power of human connection on July 18. New York Times columnist David Wallace-Wells presents the following Thursday, on July 25.

On August 8, Barry C. Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, talks about artificial intelligence is used in the criminal justice system.

“When we invited him, I didn’t think he was going to talk about AI but I think it’s very timely,” Mr. Heller said.

The institute will also show three films at the Hebrew Center every other Sunday starting with Seven Blessings on July 14. Subsequent films are Home and The Future.

Mr. Heller said that the Island has a wealth of film festivals during the summer months so the Institute wanted to offer something different. All three films are about Jewish culture and will have a discussion period after the screening.

Tickets for talks and screenings are available at