Gergen shares insights into US-Iran nuclear weapons deal

David Gergen, political analyst, former presidential adviser and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke to a full house at Hebrew College on Wednesday about the proposed nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.

In a broad-ranging conversation with Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann, Gergen candidly examined this important and divisive issue in a reflective context. "We should respect each other across our differences because these are not easy questions to resolve," said Gergen. "But here we are. We ought to sort it out best we can, but we should do it in the spirit of understanding."

(David Gergen, left, addresses a question from Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann. Video by Larry Sandberg)

Gergen also spoke of his respect and admiration for the Jewish community both professionally and personally, as he discussed philanthropic support for the Kennedy School as well as the impact that his daughter's conversion to Judaism has had on his own life.

Gergen served as an adviser to four presidents of both parties and is currently a senior political analyst for CNN. He began his journalism career with the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and has been a regular commentator on public affairs for 28 years. A recipient of Peabody awards and 27 honorary degrees, Gergen holds degrees from Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann guided the discussion, sharing both his own insights as well as posing questions to Gergen that were submitted by the audience. More than 175 people attended the event, which was held in Berenson Hall. Visit Hebrew College‚Äôs Facebook page for more photos of the event.