Kean Jewish Studies Program Announces 12th Annual Lecture Series

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UNION – Kean University’s 12th annual Jewish Studies Lecture Series will feature thought-provoking presentations by luminaries in their fields – architect Daniel Libeskind and author Hasia Diner – on April 1 and 15. The lectures will take place in the University Center Little Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.

A Conversation with Daniel Libeskind, internationally acclaimed architect, will be held on Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Libeskind will be joined by Samuel Norich, publisher of the weekly Forward newspaper.

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Born in postwar Poland in 1946, Libeskind includes among his distinguished accomplishments the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. In 2003, he was appointed master-plan architect for New York City’s World Trade Center site and, in 2004, as the first Cultural Ambassador for Architecture by the U.S. Department of State.

Lauded for his architectural practice and urban design, Libeskind’s practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions such as museums and concert halls, to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work around the globe. A significant influence on a new generation of architects, he has taught at the universities of Toronto and Pennsylvania, and at Yale University. Counterpoint, a conversation he had with The New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger, was published in 2008.

Not a Silent Generation: Post-War American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust, a lecture by Professor Hasia Diner, author and director for the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University, will be held on Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Diner, author of an acclaimed 2009 study demolishing the myth of American-Jewish silence after the Holocaust, argues that more than a decade before the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial, American Jews engaged broadly and experimentally with the Holocaust. Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and the author of We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (2009) and Lower East Side Memories: the Jewish Place in America (2000), the subject of her 2001 Kean University lecture.

The Jewish Studies Program at Kean University is designed to stimulate inquiry into the Jewish cultural interaction with the larger world; a unique approach in higher education to cross-cultural understanding based on an appreciation of one of our civilization’s fundamental and seminal cultures.

The events are free; a suggested $10 donation is payable at the door. For more information, contact Dr. Dennis Klein, director of the Jewish Studies program, at dklein@kean.edu or (908) 737-4256.


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