USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Special Event featuring CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

April 22 Discussion to be Opened by USF Professor and Swig Program Director Aaron Hahn Tapper

SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2018) — The University of San Francisco (USF) Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice will commemorate its 40th anniversary by hosting a public conversation on “Speaking Truth to Power” with CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper at Congregation Emanu-El at 2 Lake Street in San Francisco at 4:00 p.m.

The April 22 event will be opened by Aaron Hahn Tapper, USF’s Mae and Benjamin Swig Chair in Jewish Studies and Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. This event marks the 40th anniversary of the first Jewish Studies program and endowed chair at a Catholic university in the United States.

“The fact that our program has been thriving for 40 years truly speaks to the power and importance of social justice in both the Jewish and Jesuit traditions,” said Hahn Tapper. “At the USF Swig JSSJ program we bring attention to injustice, because without teaching others about things that are unjust we cannot bring light to the dark places in our society. Speaking truth to power is core to this endeavor.”

Keeping in line with all Swig JSSJ programs, admission to the event is free and open to the public. The event is now at capacity, and wait list sign-ups are being accepted.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information about USF.

About the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

The Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice minor engages students in both theoretical and practical applications of social justice and activism rooted in the Jewish traditions. Its interdisciplinary curriculum examines Jewish culture, history, politics, philosophy, and language to better understand and strengthen marginalized communities around the globe. Learn more about Swig »

About Jake Tapper

CNN anchor and Chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. Tapper currently hosts a one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015. Most recently, Tapper lent his political expertise to CNN's 2016 election coverage and moderated two Presidential Primary debates. On election night, Tapper played a pivotal role in the network's coverage of the race and provided analysis on projections throughout the evening. Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation's capital for almost 20 years. His reporting on the 2016 election has been recognized with a number of awards, including a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Los Angeles Press Club's President’s Award for Impact on Media, and The Canadian Journalism Foundation's Tribute to Exemplary Journalism. Tapper has also earned the coveted Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage from the White House Correspondents' Association four times.