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Fall Yamauchi Lecture focuses on Jewish-Christian relationships

Loyola press release - November 5, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans assistant professor of religious studies Mari Rethelyi, Ph.D., will present the Fall 2010 Yamauchi Lecture in Religion “All in the family? Jewish and Christian Encounters,” on Monday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. in the St. Charles Room, located in the Danna Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

According to Rethelyi, the lecture will explore the possibility of Jewish-Christian dialogue as seen through the modern European German-Jewish experience. It will examine early 20th-century German-Jewish thought and delve into why Jews and Christians need each other to embetter the world.

“Ideally, the two religions feed from each other, making good society and achieving salvation, ultimately creating perfect harmony,” said Rethelyi. “My lecture will also raise the question of what possibilities exist for Jewish-Christian co-existence today.”

Rethelyi received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2009 in Jewish Studies. Prior to coming to Loyola, she had visiting positions at the University of Iowa and St. Lawrence University, where she taught classes in Jewish studies and religion.

Her current research examines Jewish race theories, the formation of Jewish identity in the modern period and the effect of the modern ideologies of nationalism upon the writing of history in Central European Judaism.

The Yamauchi Lecture in Religion series is named in memory of the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a former chair of Loyola’s Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola from 1956 to 1966. Yamauchi was known for his effective and enthusiastic communication of knowledge about religion to the New Orleans community.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.