Let’s Talk: Fact or Fiction

NCJW Chicago North Shore & NCJW South Cook Present
a Special 3-Part Zoom Salon Series

Let’s Talk: My Truth Your Truth
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7pm central
Propaganda through History
Featuring Steven Luckert and Chuck Meyers

Let’s Talk: Truth or Consequences
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7pm central
Artificial Intelligence and Social Media
co-sponsored with ADL Midwest
Featuring David Goldenberg

Let’s Talk: My Rights Your Rights
Monday, October 25, 2021, 7pm central
Free Speech and Regulation
Featuring Ian Rosenberg, Jacqueline Carroll and Bret Schafer

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Steven Luckert is Senior Program Curator in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He served for 20 years as the Curator of the Museum’s acclaimed permanent exhibition, The Holocaust. In addition, he curated eight special exhibitions, including The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk and State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. He has appeared in the following media outlets:  CSPAN, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Associated Press, Reuters International, History Detectives, The History Channel, Huffington Post, ZDF (German Television), PBS, Fox, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Channel, National Public Radio, Telemundo, Iranwire, Al-Hura, The Atlantic, The Forward, Boston Globe, Cox News Service, USA Today, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Tass.  Steven Luckert received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from the State University of New York at Binghamton and has published on German history, the Holocaust, and Nazi propaganda.

Chuck Meyers retired in 2000 after teaching history for 31 years in the Elk Grove Village and Winnetka Public Schools and retired again in 2014 after 13 years as Senior Program. He is an Associate in the Chicago office of Facing History and Ourselves. He has been a Holocaust educator since the mid 1970’s along with his wife Sylvia. Sylvia was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany. Her parents were Holocaust survivors. Chuck is a 1997-98 USHMM Mandel Teaching Fellow. He holds a BA in History from DePaul University and an MAT in Social Studies Education from the University of Illinois.  He is also a Vietnam veteran (1967-68) and a 1979-80 Fulbright Exchange Teacher.

David Goldenberg is the Evelyn R. Greene Midwest Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  Based in Chicago, he oversees the ADL’s activities in northern Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. He was appointed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to serve on the Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. He began his career as a legislative aide to a state senator in Michigan and then moved to Washington, DC following the 2000 election and worked his way up on the Hill. When he left the Hill in 2009 to move to Chicago, he was Representative Alcee Lamar Hastings’ chief of staff and senior policy adviser. He played significant roles in launching programs to strengthen ties between black, Latino and Jewish members of Congress and helped Representative Hastings combat the spread of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and religious discrimination through the Representative’s role as Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.

Ian Rosenberg has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and magna cum laude from Cornell Law School. Rosenberg began his legal career clerking for a United States district court judge in the Eastern District of New York, and then working as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is the author of The Fight for Free Speech (NYU Press 2021), which Kirkus called in a starred review, “Essential reading for journalists, political activists, and ordinary citizens alike,” and the forthcoming companion nonfiction graphic novel, Free Speech Handbook (Macmillan, November 30, 2021). He is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He lives in New York City with his wife, Caroline Laskow, and their two children.

Jacqueline Carroll is an attorney, a human rights advocate, and a storyteller. She began her career as an actress and director after training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She then obtained her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She helped write the Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance (often referred to as the “smoking ban”) and joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she practiced for over eleven years. After leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office she became involved with the Decalogue Society of Jewish Lawyers and Judges and became co-chair of its Committee Against Anti-Semitism and Hate. She is also a member of the ADL’s Midwest Board and moderated a panel discussion titled: “Hate Speech and the First Amendment.” Jacqueline has her own legal consulting firm, We Persist!, where she creates programming, works on legislation, and writes opinion pieces for non-profit organizations. Jacqueline is also working on a legal treatise entitled: “The Holocaust and the Law.”

Bret Schafer is the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow. He is an expert in computational propaganda, state-backed information operations, and tech regulation. He is the creator and manager of Hamilton 2.0, an online open-source dashboard tracking the outputs of Russian, Chinese, and Iranian state media outlets, diplomats, and government officials. He has spoken at conferences around the globe and advised numerous governments and international organizations. His research has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and he has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC. Prior to joining GMF, he spent more than ten years in the television and film industry, including stints at Cartoon Network and as a freelance writer for Warner Brothers. He also worked in Budapest as a radio host and in Berlin as a semi-professional baseball player in Germany’s Bundesliga. He has a BS in communications with a major in radio/television/film from Northwestern University, and a master’s in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California, where he was the editor-in-chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine.