Speaker Series

Temple Etz Chaim is proud to host an annual speaker series for the local community. The 2023 Speaker Series is entitled “Our World Evolving: Global Thought Leaders in Our Community.”

This is a series of socially relevant conversations with modern thought leaders, authors and scholars. Rabbi Averbach will introduce our speakers and moderate a Q&A with those in attendance after the speech.

Please join us in examining the ethical considerations of key social issues in a respectful, insightful way.

Upcoming Speakers:

Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 7pm

Location: Temple Etz Chaim, Spiegel Hall

Stories are the way we make sense of our lives—but we’re not always telling the right ones. Thankfully, psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb is a masterful guide for helping us rewrite the narratives that keep us stuck. Her TED talk was one of the Top 10 Most Watched of the Year, her book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone has sold over a million copies (and is currently being adapted for television), and she’s the author of The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” column. Compassionate and charismatic, Gottlieb shows us that vulnerability isn’t a weakness, but a superpower for cultivating our healthiest, happiest, and most productive lives. Learn more about Lori here.


To Be Scheduled…
“The Genetic Lottery and its Implications for Social Justice”

Author of the Best-Selling Book, The Genetic Lottery

Kathryn Paige Harden is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at UT Austin, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-directs the Texas Twin Project. She is the author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, which provides a provocative and timely case for how the science of genetics can help create a more just and equal society. You can follow her on Twitter at @kph3k. Learn more about Professor Harden here.

Past Speakers:

Societal Development: The History of Everybody, for the Last 13,000 Years

On Sunday, July 16, 2023 Professor Jared Diamond spoke about societal development and took Q&A from the audience.

Jared Diamond is the epitome of a celebrity scientist—a Pulitzer Prize Winner, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and one of the world’s Top 10 Public Intellectuals (Foreign Policy). With Upheaval, Diamond offers the final installment in a sweeping trilogy that began with Guns, Germs, and Steel—a series the Times calls “one of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation.” The recent co-author of a blockbuster op-ed about the Coronavirus in The Washington Post, Diamond tackles the steps we can take to stop the next new virus—and how we as individuals can learn from the global pandemic. Learn more about Professor Diamond here.