The AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program connects you with distinguished lecturers in the field of Jewish studies. Enrich your next program with one of over 300 lectures, which cover the breadth of Jewish history, religion, politics, and culture.

How does the Distinguished Lectureship Program Work?

Each scholar gives one lecture per year for the Lectureship Program and donates the lecture fee to the AJS. Sponsors of a lecture provided by the AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program pay the lecture fee directly to AJS and cover the lecturer’s travel and lodging expenses. The fee covers a 90-120 minute presentation, which includes a question and answer session. Any further requests made of the speaker (e.g. for class visits, other talks, etc.) should be covered by an additional honorarium paid directly by the host institution to the speaker and will be theirs to keep. The AJS is currently booking lectures for the 2018-19 and the 2019-20 academic year. Please note however, that some speakers are booked a year or more in advance, so in order to engage the lecturer you want, please contact the AJS as far in advance as you are able.

How much does an AJS Lecture Cost?

The lecture fee for most speakers is $1,000. We offer a special local rate; please contact the AJS for details. Host institutions will pay the set lecture fee directly to the AJS, in addition to covering all of the speaker’s travel and lodging expenses.

How can I schedule a lecture?

Explore the website to find a lecture that fits your schedule or contact the AJS to discuss possible program options. Please do not contact speakers directly. All arrangements are to be made through the AJS office. For more information on the AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program, including lecture fees, please contact the AJS office.


Persons and institutions participating in the AJS Distinguished Lecture Program are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the AJS Statement of Core Values, which includes a commitment to academic and intellectual freedom.*

*Academic and Intellectual Freedom
The AJS values academic and intellectual freedom ensuring freedom of teaching, research and extramural activities, and reaffirms its 1976 endorsement of the AAUP’s Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure. The AJS is committed to the development and strengthening of an institutional and public culture that encourages diverse views, and supports its members’ right to articulate beliefs and positions without fear of retribution.