Corcoran Visiting Chair
Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
John R. "Jack" Miles
Boston College and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning are pleased to announce the appointment of John R. "Jack" Miles to the 2018-2019 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations.
Dr. Miles is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the MacArthur Fellowship. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English & Religious Studies at the University of California / Irvine, Senior Fellow for Religion & International Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy, and General Editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions (2014). His writings on religion, politics, and culture have appeared in numerous national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. His first book, God: A Biography, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1996 and has been translated into sixteen languages. His second book, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2002 and led to his MacArthur Fellowship. His forthcoming book is God in the Qur'an (Knopf, 2018).
Over a period of nearly twenty years, 1975-1995, Dr. Miles was successively an editor at Doubleday, executive editor at the University at California Press, literary editor at the Los Angeles Times, and finally a member of the Times Editorial Board. For ten years, he served on the Committee of Selection of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Dr. Miles has been at different times Mellon Visiting Professor of Humanities at Caltech, Director of the Humanities Center at the Claremont Graduate University, Scholar in Residence and Senior Advisor at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Visiting Fellow with the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science, University of Chicago.
Dr. Miles pursued religious studies at the Pontifical Gregorian College, Rome, and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and holds a doctorate in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University (1971).
Previous Corcoran Visiting Chairs
Raymond Cohen, 2008-2010
Daniel J. Lasker, 2010-2011
2011 Corcoran Chair Conference: Are Jews and Christians Living in a Post-Polemical World? Toward a Comparison of Medieval and Modern Christian-Jewish Encounters
Theodore A. Perry, 2011-2013
2012 Corcoran Chair Conference: Levinas, Biblical Exegesis, and Literature
2013 Corcoran Chair Conference: The Psalter in Words, Art, and Music
Marc Michael Epstein, 2013-2014
2014 Corcoran Chair Conference: Jews, Christians, & Visuality
Mark Oppenheimer, 2014-2015
2015 Corcoran Chair Conference: Protestant, Catholic, Jew ... Divorcing
Adele Reinhartz, 2015-2017
2016 Corcoran Chair Conference: Fringe Benefits: Marginality and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World
2017 Corcoran Chair Conference: The Gospel of John and Jewish-Christian Relations
Christine Helmer, 2017-2018
2018 Corcoran Chair Conference: Luther's Anti-Jewish Interpretation of the Bible: A Case Study in Christian-Jewish Relations in Late Medieval Germany