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Epstein to Serve as Corcoran Professor for 2013-14


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: May 23, 2013

Marc Michael Epstein, professor of religion at Vassar College, has been appointed the Corcoran Visiting Professor in Christian-Jewish Relations for 2013-14, the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College has announced.

Epstein has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews.  His most recent book, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (2011), was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement for its “Best Books of the Year” list. He formerly served as director of the Hebrew Books and Manuscripts division of Sotheby's Judaica department, and continues to provide consultation to various libraries, auction houses, museums and private collectors throughout the world.

A graduate of Oberlin College, he received his master of arts, master of philosophy and doctoral degrees at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

As Corcoran Professor, Epstein will complete his book Extremities: Mapping the Margins of Jewish Visual Culture, and along with his research and writing activities, will teach a course on Religion, Art and Politics, organize a conference titled “Collisions and Collusions in Christian and Jewish Visual Culture” and offer public lectures.

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