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Jewish Lecture Series continues with noted author and cultural historian

Loyola press release - April 2, 2012

The Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans presents American cultural and literary historian, Sander Gilman, Ph.D., in the lecture, “When Did the Jews Become Funny? A New Debate About the Limits of Representation After 9/11,” on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue. A reception preceding the lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m.

A widely-published author and editor, Gilman will explore the question of a potential alliance-building between Jews and Middle Eastern Muslims in the Western diaspora today. He will also examine questions of ritual and the fact that many of the problems confronted by Jews since the European Enlightenment are now facing Muslims.

Since 2005, Gilman has served as a distinguished professor of the liberal arts and sciences at Emory University, where he is also the director of the Program in Psychoanalysis and the Health Sciences Humanities Initiative. Particularly well-known for his contributions to Jewish studies and the history of medicine, he has authored or edited more than 80 books.

In addition to spending more than 25 years as faculty member at Cornell University, Gilman also held distinguished professorships at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he created their Humanities Laboratory. In addition, he held visiting professorships in the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand, among others.

For more information, contact Sara Clark at 504-865-3943 or srclark@loyno.edu.

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