Sept. 22, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 2

'Jewish Civilization' Talk Oct. 2

Boston College will formally mark the establishment of its Jewish Studies Program on Oct. 2 with a special event, "Jewish Civilization and Its Place in the World," which is being held in conjunction with the fall exhibition at the University's McMullen Museum of Art, "The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons."

Keeping with the exhibit's theme, the event will simulate a traditional salon, bringing together Boston College faculty, staff, and students, in addition to the larger Boston-area community, for a conversation moderated by Jewish Studies Program Co-directors Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer (Slavic and Eastern Languages) and Prof. Dwayne Carpenter (Romance Languages). Participants will include Boston College faculty members Prof. Donald Dietrich (Theology), Prof. Donald Fishman (Communications), Assoc. Prof. Rabbi Ruth Langer (Theology), Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) and McMullen Museum Director Prof. Nancy Netzer (Fine Arts).

Other programmatic events celebrating the founding of the BC Jewish Studies Program this fall include a lecture by Carpenter on Oct. 11, "'Funny, They Don't Look Jewish': Confusing Converts in Medieval and Renaissance Spain," and, on Nov. 1, a talk by the dean of New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Professor Catharine R. Stimpson, "Gertrude Stein: Woman of Faith?" given as part of the Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

For more information, see the Jewish Studies Program Web site, at

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