Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies announces fall schedule of events


Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center fall schedule is highlighted by talks by prominent scholars on intriguing topics and fascinating episodes of history. The Bennett Center's goal is to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life of the region through lectures, programs, and other special events. At the same time, the Center's existence and its large number of offerings reflects the University's commitment to creating a greater sense of diversity on campus.

Events are open to the public. Most are free, but reservations are required. For further information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066 or visit fairfield.edu/judaic/index.html.

  • 2012 Scholar in Residence: "Do Jews Believe in Original Sin," a lecture delivered by Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and Provost, Jewish Theological Seminary. Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. Limited seating. For reservations call the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. Complimentary admission.
  • Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture - "Rising from the Rubble: Creating the Museum of the History of Polish Jews," a lecture delivered by Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, professor of Performing Arts, New York University and program director, Core Exhibition, Museum of History of Polish Jews, Warsaw. Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Limited seating. For reservations call the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. Complimentary admission.
  • Image: Abraham IncConcert in honor of Daniel Pearl World Music Days: A performance by Abraham, Inc. - An Evening of Klezmer-Funk Music. An unprecedented collaboration between three cultural visionaries - David Krakauer, champion of Klezmer music and world-class clarinetist; legendary funk trombonist and arranger Fred Wesley, celebrated for his work with James Brown and George Clinton; and hip-hop renegade and beat architect Socalled. Thursday, October 25, at 8 p.m. Regina A. Quick Center Kelley Theater. Call Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. This event is co-sponsored with the Quick Center. Tickets required, $25-45*. For more details, visit fairfield.edu/arts/qc_music_abraham.html.
  • Seventh Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement: "When Christians Were Jews," delivered by Dr. Paula Fredriksen, William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture, Boston University. Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Limited seating. For reservations call the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. Complimentary admission.
  • Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture - "Human Rights: Free Press and Democracy," delivered by Kati Marton, author and human rights activist. Monday, November 12 at 8 p.m. Regina A. Quick Center Kelley Theater. This event is co-sponsored with Open VISIONS Forum. Limited seating. For reservations call the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. Complimentary admission.
  • Bennett Center Lecture: "When General Grant Expelled the Jews," delivered by Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, and chief historian, National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Limited seating. For reservations call the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. Complimentary admission.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on July 11, 2012

Vol. 45, No. 5