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Critical Conversations 2020

Critical Conversations 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Critical Conversations is a major program series in which Spertus Institute brings together passionate speakers with opposing viewpoints for moderated debates inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse.

Last year’s Critical Conversations program series topic was Immigration, the issue that has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked the most important problem facing the nation (GALLUP 2019). The fact that the immigrant experience is part of recent family history for many in the Jewish community made this complex and multifaceted subject particularly resonant for the Spertus audience.

Critical Conversations 2020 will take place on Tuesday evening, February 25, 2020. To be notified when topic, speakers, times, and ticket sales are announced, sign up here > 

The Critical Conversations series is generously
funded by the late Eric Joss.

Spertus Institute is grateful for the
support of our early-on-board
2020 Sponsors and Community Partners:

K + S

The Gilchrist Group

Contact Spertus VP for External Relations Ellen Hattenbach at to find out out how you, your family, or your company can support Critical Conversations and other programs.


Photo by Elliot Mandel.

Candy Crowley, our 2019 Moderator, was the former Chief Political Correspondent for CNN. An Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, she is known for her nonpartisan, insider's look at the issues. For more than two decades, she has covered presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, as well as major legislative developments on Capital Hill.

Bill Richardson was Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2010. A former diplomat who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Envoy to the Organization of American States, and Chairman of Freedom House, an organization that promotes human rights worldwide. Richardson, who was raised in Mexico, is a trustee of Refugees International.

Ana Navarro is a GOP strategist and political commentator on CNN, CNN en Español, and ABC’s The View. She is a sought-after adviser, particularly on the issues of immigration reform and Hispanic outreach. She was born in Nicaragua, and in 1980, as a result of the Sandinista revolution, she and her family immigrated to the United States.

Rick Santorum is a Senior Political Commentator for CNN. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2012 and 2016, a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and served for eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee. A rule of law advocate, he is opposed to amnesty for undocumented immigrants in the United States.