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Theology Institute at Villanova University Hosts 2013 Lecture Series Centering on “Jewish Faith and Life”

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Theology Institute at Villanova University will kick off its annual fall lecture series September 23 with a talk titled, “Where Was God at Auschwitz?: Jewish Theological Reflections on the Holocaust” by Rabbi Alan Iser,  a professor in Villanova’s theology and religious studies department.  The lecture, which introduces this year’s theme, “Jewish Faith and Life,” is free and open to the public.  It will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library Room 205 on the University’s Main Campus.

In this speaker series, rabbis, archaeologists, and textual scholars offer their perspectives on the life of faith. The lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

“We view this series as an invitation for all who are curious to learn more about Judaism,” said Carey Walsh, PhD, director of the Theology Institute and associate professor of Theology at Villanova. “We hope it encourages both a respect for our shared, diverse community at Villanova and a desire for interreligious dialogue.”

In addition to Rabbi Iser’s September 23 opening lecture, the following featured speakers will appear on Villanova’s main campus throughout the fall 2013 semester:

  • Rabbi Eric Yoffie, “Sexual Morality and Diversity in the Hebrew Bible: Readings in Genesis”
    Tuesday, September 24th at 4:00 p.m.
    Falvey Memorial Library Speaker’s Corner
  • Yedida Eisenstat, “When is Polemic Not Polemic? The Case of Rashi’s Torah Commentary and Implicit Anti-Christian Rhetoric”
    Thursday, October 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
    Saint Augustine Center, Room 300
  • Gabriel Barkay, “New Discoveries in Archaeology in Jerusalem”
    Tuesday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m.
    Driscoll Hall Auditorium
  • David Brodsky, “Roman Schools of Law and Rhetoric and the Origins of the Talmud”
    Monday, November 11th at 4:30 p.m.
    Falvey Memorial Library, Room 204
  • Norma Franklin, “Jezreel”
    Tuesday, November 19th at 2:30 p.m.
    Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205

The Theology Institute was established in 1967 as a forum for distinguished scholars to take up the Second Vatican Council’s mandate of bringing the church into dialogue with the contemporary world. Today, through its annual conferences, lecture series, and related events, the Theology Institute promotes serious and innovative interdisciplinary reflection on religious, cultural, and political issues of importance to the Church.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.