Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. and Cornel West, Ph.D.

January 6, 2023 | Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. Cornel West, Ph.D

Prophetic Leadership in a Time of Democratic Crisis

Susannah Heschel, Ph.D., Chair, Jewish Studies Program; Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth University
Cornel West, Ph.D., Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair, Union Theological Seminary
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR; Moderator

We welcome you to join Dr. Susannah Heschel and Dr. Cornel West for a conversation on the purpose, form, risks, and role of prophetic leadership in our moment of democratic fragility. Dr. West and Dr. Heschel will discuss visions of prophetic leadership as presented by Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr., reflecting on what their examples might teach us about the resonance and tensions between African-American Christian and 20th Century Jewish forms of prophetic witness. How can their models inform our own leadership? How might we balance the requirements of prophetic witness with those of leadership among communities of diverse perspectives? Dr. West and Dr. Heschel will consider these questions in dialogue with the work of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. King, their own scholarship, and our precarious political moment.

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