(I'm surprised it took me until Thursday night to type about Sunday night - I had hoped that I would have only put it off until Monday morning, but I guess it didn't happen.)
After the first posting about the conference, I was able to get to my room. I then hung around for a bit, davened minhah, and then went to an evening program.
This evening program was entitled "The Politics of Sex", which was a discussion between Mona Charen and Nadine Strossen, and was moderated by Tom Divine. It lasted from 5 until 6:15, though inasmuch as it sounded like it should have been an interesting discussion, it didn't start out that way and I must have napped for 20-25 minutes through it, but was able to stay awake for the last 30-40 minutes. Plus, it got a little more interesting, but it was interesting to hear as the sentiment that spoke most to the crowd was more of a liberal one, some things of which didn't jive with being an Orthodox Jew - oh well, most of the attendees at the JCPA and Hillel Spitzer Forum were not such.
After that, there was an Orthodox מעריב service (evening prayer), and then it was time for dinner. Dinner was a tasty one, with Avraham Infeld, Hillel's director, speaking to the gathered about responsibility and its dual etymology in Hebrew. Responsibility in Hebrew is אחריות, which he said could come from אחר (other) and from אחרי (after me). He spoke about these two meanings and then spoke on the social action initiatives of Hillel International. Although I've heard him speak before (the first time was when I attended the GA in 2002 to between 50 and 80 students, and the other time was when he came to the Indiana Hillel and spoke to a much smaller crowd of a dozen and a half to two dozen students one Friday night), this was to a audience of 200 [mainly] students, and found him to be rather good and polished.
After him came Karen Austrian, a young woman who started up Binti Pamoja, a group for teenage girls in a Nairobi slum, that seeks to educate girls about reproductive and sexual stuff, as well as a variety of other things.
After that, while I had the option of attending the late night programming of Andy Borowitz, I opted to head to bed instead. And I'm glad I did - I was tired.
Tags: Spitzer Forum 2006, Spitzer Forum, Hillel Spitzer Forum, Avraham Infeld, Karen Austrian