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HUC-UC Ethics Center to host "Opera Rap: A Panel Discussion on Capital Punishment"

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Tuesday, January 1, 2002

The HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems is hosting "Opera Rap: A Panel Discussion on Capital Punishment" on Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 7:00 pm in Mayerson Auditorium on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. "Opera Rap" features guest speakers in a conversation on a specific production or topic related to the Cincinnati Opera's upcoming Summer Festival. "Opera Rap: A Panel Discussion on Capital Punishment" is inspired by the Cincinnati Opera's July presentation of Dead Man Walking, a new American opera by Jake Heggie.

Joseph P. Tomain, Dean, University of Cincinnati College of Law, will moderate the discussion that will delve into issues surrounding the capital punishment debate. Panelists include: Peter Bronson, Editorial Page Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer; Dr. Jack Cottrell, Professor of Theology, Cincinnati Bible College; Alphonse Gerhardstein, Civil Rights Attorney; and, Sister Ruth Kettman, Director of the Justice and Peace Office, Diocese of Covington.

"Opera Rap: A Panel Discussion on Capital Punishment" is open to the public and is free of charge. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat for the discussion, contact (513) 744-3511. Cincinnati Opera Raps are presented by Marlesa A. Gray and Huntington Banks.

Established in 1986, the HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems is dedicated to the study of contemporary moral problems on the basis of values that are at the heart of Judeo-Christian and secular ethical traditions. It provides a forum for open discussion and reflection on important moral dilemmas that arise in modern life, and promotes the incorporation of ethical values in personal life, professional practice, and community development.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.