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Fairfield's Bennett Center for Judaic Studies Announces 2018 Spring Season

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Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press

Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, will present the annual Bennet Lecture.

Fairfield University's Bennett Center for Judaic Studies has announced its spring season of lectures with a roster of engaging speakers sharing their insights on riveting topics. The exciting schedule includes the annual Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies to be presented by Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, host of MTP Daily on MSNBC, and political director for NBC News. He will present “Politics and Jewish Identity in Today’s America” on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

In addition, there are anticipated lectures by Dr. Ken Frieden, B.G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies, Syracuse University, author of Travels in Translation with musical performance on hammer dulcimer by Pete Rushefsky. The season will also feature the Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service with featured speaker Esther Geizhals who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

The events speak to the Bennett Center’s mission to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life of the campus and greater community. Ellen M. Umansky, PhD, has served as both the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield and the director of the Bennett Center since its inception in 1994.  

All of the events are free except for the Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies presented by Chuck Todd. Tickets for this lecture are $15 and can be purchased from the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Box Office.

To reserve seats for the free events or for more information, email bennettcenter@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254 - 4000, ext. 2065. Details about the spring schedule can be found at fairfield.edu/bennett and below: 

“Star Spangled Fascism: The Past and Present of American Political Extremism”
Monday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. 
Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall, associate professor of History, Kent State, author of The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945 
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Co-sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program

Diane Feigenson Lecture in Jewish Literature 
“Traveling to the Holy Land in Jewish Literature and Music”
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Ken Frieden, B.G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies, Syracuse University, author of Travels in Translation with musical performance on hammer dulcimer by Pete Rushefsky 
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 

Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies 
“Politics and Jewish Identity in Today’s America”
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, host of MTP Daily on MSNBC, and Political Director for NBC News
Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre 
Tickets: $15 to be purchased from the Quick Center Box Office

Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service
Featured speaker: Esther Geizhals, survivor of Auschwitz & Bergen-Belsen 

Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m.
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola 
Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry

Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies 
“Can We Laugh at God? Humor and Truth in Rabbinic Judaism”

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. 
Dr. Christine Hayes, Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica, Yale University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

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