UAlbany Inaugurates Jewish Studies Lunch & Learn Program

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry, 518-437-4989

Visiting scholars and artists along with members of the Capital Region's academic community will discuss an array of Jewish studies issues this fall in the Jewish Studies Lunch & Learn Program, a creation of UAlbany's newly established Center for Jewish Studies. The initial program, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, will feature Dr. Timothy Lytton, speaking on "'Shall Not the Judge of the Earth Do Justice?:' Reading the Bible as a Jurisprudential Text."

Lytton is associate professor of law at Albany Law School, where he teaches torts, jurisprudence and alternative dispute resolution. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale University and has been a fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions and at the Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

All programs will be held from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Private Dining Room of the Patroon Room, Campus Center 2nd Floor, on UAlbany's Uptown Campus. Parking is available in the Main Visitors Lot, located at Collins Circle, near the Washington Avenue entrance to the campus. The luncheons are kosher and a five-day advance reservation is required. The cost is $10 per person.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about important topics and exciting research in Jewish studies," explained Dr. Mark A. Raider, director of the Center for Jewish Studies. "The Lunch & Learn Program should attract a diverse crowd of faculty, community members and students and augment the ever-growing relationship between UAlbany and the local community."

Upcoming Fall 2001 programs include: Linda Zisquit of Jerusalem, a visiting Israeli poet (Tuesday, Oct. 30); Dr. Walter Zenner, UAlbany, on "The Eve of the Holocaust: One Family's Search for Affidavits" (Tuesday, Nov. 13); Dr. Seth Forman, SUNY Stony Brook, on "The Cultural Paradox of Jews and Whiteness" (Wednesday, Nov. 28); and Dr. Mark Levy, UAlbany, on "The Uses of Ventriloquism in Jewish Education" (Wednesday, Dec. 5).

The program is open to the public. For more information call the Center for Jewish Studies at 591-8514 or visit the Jewish Studies website at

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October 9, 2001


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