Free Oakton lecture examines the scholarly study of Judaism Nov. 14


Last updated 11/11/2019 at 11:20am

Learn about the scholarly study of Judaism by attending the free lecture "The

Emergence of the Jewish Professoriate in the Modern University" 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at

Oakton Community College's Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., in Room A167.

Jacob Lassner, Ph.D., the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick professor emeritus in the departments of history and

religious studies at Northwestern University, will lead the discussion. He is the author or co-author of 13 books

and 150 articles and referred papers on various aspects of Islamic studies and Judaica. Lassner was awarded an

honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion and was the

recipient of the Franz Rosenthal prize for a lifetime of achievement in the field of Islamic studies and Semitics.

"In the 18 th and 19 th centuries, Jews in the more liberal societies of the West began the long journey of seeking

full integration within the host culture of the lands where they settled," Lassner says. "Examining the scholarly

study of Judaism is key to understanding how Jewish people have adapted to changing conditions."

"The Emergence of the Jewish Professoriate in the Modern University" is sponsored by Jewish Studies at

Oakton and the Great Books program at Oakton with a generous grant from the Oakton Community College

Educational Foundation.

The next Jewish Studies lecture, "Khassidic Tales of Enduring Faith and the Holocaust," is scheduled 11 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5, at Oakton's Skokie campus, in Room A145.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


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