Where can I find a list of participating AJS Distinguished Lecturers?

For a comprehensive listing of participating lecturers, please visit our lecturers’ page.

I am interested in lecturing for the AJS.  How can I join the AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program Roster?

AJS Distinguished Lecturers are appointed by a committee. Volunteers and nominations are welcome and should be sent to the lectureship program coordinator.

I want to host an AJS Distinguished Lecturer. What costs are involved?

Lecture hosts are expected to pay a lecture fee to the AJS and to reimburse the speaker directly for transportation, lodging, food, and all other travel expenses. The lecture fee for most speakers is $1,000.

When are lecture fee and reimbursement payments due?

If not charged directly by the host, travel costs should be reimbursed at the time of the lecture or as quickly as possible thereafter to minimize credit card interest charges for the speaker. The AJS will invoice the host directly and lecture fees are due within 30 days after receiving the invoice.

How are AJS lecture fees used?

AJS lecture fees are designated by the speakers entirely as donations to the AJS. Part of the operating budget, they help the AJS fulfill its mission to maintain, and improve teaching and research in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning.

How can I find out the fee for a particular speaker?

Contact the lectureship program coordinator.

I have a topic or theme in mind—how do I find someone to speak on it?

Contact the lectureship program coordinator for suggestions, or browse by subject.

How can I identify speakers near me, to minimize travel costs?

Browse by state on the website.

How far in advance should I request a speaker?

It varies from speaker to speaker. Some are able to accept invitations with only a month’s notice, while others need to schedule up to 2 years ahead. For best results, contact the lectureship program coordinator with your invitation between 6 months to one year in advance.

 What kinds of organizations host AJS Distinguished Lecturers?

AJS Distinguished Lecturers often give talks at synagogues, colleges and universities, JCC’s, Hillels, museums and other schools of adult Jewish learning. You can look at some past lectures for examples.