LAST LECTURE OF THE SEASON – Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Life and Thought of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
April 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmSuggested Donation: $18
2018 Hammerman Family Lecture
Professor Heschel will speak about the remarkable life of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Rabbi Heschel was born in 1907 in Warsaw into a distinguished family of Hasidic rebbes. After his studies in Berlin, Rabbi Heschel escaped Europe and immigrated to the United States, becoming one of American Judaism’s most important interpreters and teachers of the twentieth century. Professor Heschel’s lecture will describe the Hasidic roots of her father’s theological writings and also of his political engagement in the Civil Rights Movement and in Christian-Jewish relations. She will discuss their family life, their close relationships with their Hasidic family, and some of the remarkable people who entered their lives, including Martin Luther King, Jr.
Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany as well as numerous edited volumes and over 100 articles, including Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism and Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust. She has held research grants from the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, a Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center, and a yearlong fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has just completed a book on the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam that will appear this spring under the title, Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung, published by Mathes und Seitz as part of the Fröhliche Wissenschaft series.