Heart of Religion Is Not a Drum Beat for Violence

Love thy neighbor, author James Carroll stressed as he opened the Summer Institute's annual speaker series on Thursday night. This message was part of a powerful lecture defending the role of religion in an increasingly secular and violent world.

Tough Choices and No Easy Answers on Iran Nuclear Accord

Coming off several weeks of international debate surrounding the Iranian nuclear accord, two experts explored the issue Thursday at a forum hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.

Prognosis Troubling But Not Hopeless Says Panel of Economists

After years of recession and national economic decline, the audience at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center on Thursday was perhaps hoping for some good news from the three renowned economists speaking that night. There was little to go around.

Summer Institute Series Opens With Middle East Expert

On Thursday evening, as part of the Summer Institute Speaker Series at the Hebrew Center, Jane Harman, former congresswoman and president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss terrorism and foreign policy relating to the Middle East.

Summer Institute Hosts Speakers, Films

The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will sponsor a series of speakers and films this summer as part of its Summer Institute to promote greater understanding of politics, arts and sciences.

Ending Africa’s Apartheid

Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg will be on hand Sunday when her story of South Africa's Albie Sachs is screened by the Summer Institute Film Series.

Comedian, Author Wage Battle of Witz at Summer Institute

The Martha’s Vineyard Summer Institute capped off its summer speaker series with a battle of Witz. Author/journalists Andy Borowitz and Tony Horwitz came together on the stage to take on everything from Jewish humor to why the Monica Lewinsky scandal seems like a visit to colonial Williamsburg.

Last Word Is Positive, Even When Politics and Media Mix

Two of Lawrence O’Donnell’s admissions may sound surprising, especially for a guy who has made a good living in the television world. First, he claims he doesn’t like attention all that much. For that reason, among others, he didn’t name his show the Lawrence O’Donnell show, but instead calls it The Last Word.

“It will sound odd given this choice of occupation, but I didn’t like the attention of that,” he said. “I’d rather be on TV with a fake name.”

The Ethics of Digging The Double-Helix

Here’s a hypothetical: you’re walking down the street, casually smoking a cigarette or drinking a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Now let’s assume that you don’t discard the derelict cigarette butt in an adjacent ashtray or bin as you assuredly always do, but flick it to the ground. Perhaps the coffee container to which you pressed your lips finds itself in a wastepaper basket, lying on the top of an office graveyard littered with post-it-notes, straws and the occasional phlegm-ridden tissue. Do you mind if someone picks up these relics?

Summer Institute Lecture

James Steinberg, a former deputy secretary of state, will present Crafting a Long-term Strategy for the U.S. in the Middle East on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. His talk is part of the Summer Institute.