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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Blasphemy, Free Expression and Journalistic Ethics

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LowenthalLawrence D. (Larry) Lowenthal is the Executive Director of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, the pioneer Human Relations agency in the United States. He has served as AJC Director for the last 17 years. During his 30 years of organizational work in the Greater Boston area, Lowenthal has been involved in interfaith and intergroup activities, written extensively about human rights issues for the local press, appeared often on radio and TV, hosted a local radio interview program, and taught courses on Jewish history, film, literature, and humor. A former academic, he received his B.A. in English from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in English from New York University before teaching English and American literature at Washington State College, New York University, and Gettysburg College. After moving with his family to Israel in 1970, he taught for five years at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University. Drafted into a new immigrant unit of the Israeli Army in 1974, he went through basic training on the West Bank, anti-aircraft training in Herzilya, and served a tour of duty in Sharm el-Sheik at the southern tip of the Sinai Desert.