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Introducing YU Ideas

New Web Series Harnesses YU’s Interdisciplinary Resources to Frame Conversations About Crucial Issues Facing Society

Yeshiva University’s Office of the President has launched a new initiative that will present the YU community with new tools to consider and discuss the most pressing issues facing society today. Called “YU Ideas,” the website will leverage the University’s vast interdisciplinary resources to frame conversations through a series of posts, each tackling a new topic relating to one of four themes of central significance to human society: education, the marketplace, leadership, and values in a rapidly changing world.

Every edition of YU Ideas will feature a new guest editor who will introduce the month’s topic and provide resources for further exploration, ranging from short op-eds to podcasts, videos, and scholarly articles. These will be divided into three categories - The Basics, Next Steps, and Deep Dive - allowing readers to engage the topic at any level of interest.

A university is a place to nourish intellectual curiosity,” said Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University. “YU Ideas will equip people with the knowledge they need to form educated, nuanced opinions and think more critically about some of the most important issues in the world of the future.”

Technology, medicine, education, communications, and culture are all progressing and shifting in fundamental ways. As humanity prepares to confront the challenges and seize the opportunities these changes present, YU Ideas is just one avenue through which the YU community will help shape the future of moral discourse.

“Yeshiva University, as the sum of both its intellectual resources and robust Jewish tradition, has so much to offer the world as it engages the big questions facing humanity in the coming years,” said Rabbi Ari Lamm, special advisor to the president and director of the initiative. “YU Ideas represents a new way in which the YU community can participate in the global exchange of ideas.”

The first edition, which explores artificial intelligence, can be found at