THE GREAT SCHOLARS SERIES
HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTION OF RELIGION AND FLORIDA
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY PRESENT SERIES ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in partnership
with Florida Atlantic University, will present the 2004 Great Scholars
Series, “The Middle East: Region of Many People with One Beginning.”
This dynamic eight- week series of lectures will examine the many
cultural facets that are shared by Jews, Muslims, and Christians
throughout the region.
Faculty from both institutions will provide in-depth lectures on
the religion, history, art, literature, politics, lifestyles, and
music of the Middle East. The series will be offered through the
Lifelong Learning Society beginning Tuesday, January 13 on the Boca
Raton campus, and Wednesday, January 14 on the MacArthur campus
Dr. Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam,
HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will open the series on Jan 13 and 14 with
his discussion of Judaism and Islam: What We Share-How We Differ.
Dr. Firestone directs the Edgar I. Magnin School for Graduate Studies
and the Jerome Loucheim School of Judaic Studies. He has written
books and articles on Judaism, Islam, and comparative studies of
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The series also includes:
Dr. Adam Rubin, Assistant Professor of Jewish History, HUC-JIR/Los
Angeles: "Israel and Its Arab Neighbors: New Historical
Perspectives.” Dr. Rubin teaches Jewish history and
literature at HUC-JIR and the University of Southern California.
He specializes in the history of Jewish culture and politics in
Eastern Europe and pre-state Palestine during the nineteenth and
Dr. David Courtney, Associate Professor of the History of Art and
Art Criticism, FAU:
“Hebrew Mysticism in Art and Music.”
A Morton J. Levy research fellow, Dr. Courtney specializes in contemporary
European and American art and is published widely in Europe and
Paul Liptz, Coordinator of Israel Studies, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem:
“Ethnicity and Religion in the Modern Middle East.”
Mr. Liptz is also a member of the faculty, Department of Middle
Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University. He specializes
in Jewish, Middle Eastern, and European topics and lectures around
Dr. Alan Berger, Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies;
Director of the Holocaust and Judaic Studies B.A. Program and the
Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz, FAU:
“Sacred Texts and Their Legacy for All.” Dr.
Berger and his wife, Naomi, edited Second Generation Voices: Reflections
by Children of Holocaust Survivors and Perpetrators.
Rabbi Kurt E. Stone, Instructor, Lifelong Learning Society, FAU:
“Leaders in the Middle East.” Rabbi
Stone was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1980 and has been a South Florida
rabbi for more than 20 years. A noted writer and lecturer in the
fields of politics, history, and biography, Rabbi Stone is the author
of The Congressional Minyan: The Jews of Capitol Hill.
Dr. Walid Phares, Associate Professor and Director of the Johnston-Chastain
Project in Middle East Studies, FAU:
“Pluralism in the Middle East: Myth or Reality?”
The author of books and scholarly articles, Dr. Phares is a recognized
international expert on the Middle East Region and lectures worldwide.
Dr. Mark Kligman, Associate Professor of Jewish Musicology, HUC-JIR/New
“The Music of Jews and Arabs in the Middle East: A
Dr. Kligman’s expertise as an ethnomusicologist is in the
Liturgical Traditions of Middle Eastern communities.
Tuesday lectures will be held in the Barry and Florence Friedberg
Life-Long Learning Center from 1:30 -3:15 p.m. on the Boca Raton
campus. Wednesday lectures will be held in the Administration Building
Auditorium on the MacArthur campus in Jupiter from 2:30 -4:15 p.m.
Registration is $55 for Lifelong Learning Society members and $75
for non-members. To request a winter class schedule call (561) 297-3171
in Boca Raton or (561) 799-8667 in Jupiter.