Dr. Meir Seidler, HUC-JIR's first Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, is scheduled to speak at the Leavey Library Auditorium at University of Southern California (USC) on Monday, November 10, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Dr. Seidler's position is a joint appointment by HUC-JIR/Los Angeles with USC, for the 2008-2009 academic year, to be followed in 2009-2010 with an additional joint appointment by HUC-JIR/New York with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.
This lecture is scheduled on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass was a pogrom in Nazi Germany) and the 13th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Dr. Seidler's talk is sponsored by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, The Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, and by the Middle Eastern Studies Program at USC.
Dr. Seidler's area of academic specialization is Jewish Thought in the Modern Era. He received a M.A. in Comparative Religion from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. His extensive publications include numerous articles and two books: Shma Yisrael- Oneness. The Jewish Perspective, and A Controversy that Endures. The Secession Controversy (1877) - The Open Letters Correspondence between the Rabbis Samson Raphael Hirsch and Seligmann Baer Bamberger. Dr. Seidler has taught at Ariel University Center in the Department of Israel Heritage and at Bar-Ilan University's Centre of Jewish Studies.
This visiting faculty position has been made possible by a grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation in conjunction with the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprises' Scholar Development Fund. HUC-JIR's matching grant for this project has been generously funded by Lief Rosenblatt and Elliott and Robin Broidy.