UAlbany Heralds Inauguration of Jewish Studies Center
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4981
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 10, 2002) -- The University at Albany will inaugurate
its new Center for Jewish Studies on April 25, 2002 at 4 p.m. in the
Campus Center Ballroom.
The inauguration will feature remarks by UAlbany President Karen R.
Hitchcock and honored guest Itamar Rabinovich, president of Tel Aviv
University and former ambassador to the United States from Israel. President
Rabinovich, a noted expert on Middle East politics and author of several
in-depth studies of the region, will offer the keynote address: "The
Middle East Peace Process - What Went Wrong."
President Hitchcock will also present President Rabinovich with the
Medallion of the University, the institution's highest honor. Featured
in the program are Jewish Studies Center Advisory Board Chair Alan P.
Goldberg, who is president and co-chief executive officer of First Albany
Corporation, and Mark Raider, director of the Center for Jewish Studies
and chair of the Judaic Studies Department.
UAlbany is home to one of the oldest Judaic Studies Departments in
the country. Against that backdrop, the new Center aims to consolidate
and strengthen Jewish studies in public higher education to ensure that
all New Yorkers have access to first-rate academic programs dedicated
to the study of Jewish history and life. The Center also focuses on
strengthening the education, research and public service mission of
UAlbany by promoting a deeper understanding of the social and historical
dimensions of Jewish civilization. The overarching vision of the Center
is to establish the University at Albany as a flagship of Jewish studies
for public higher education in the northeast and the nation.
The University and Center's advisory board are currently focused on
the creation of a new endowed professorship in European Jewish studies
with expertise in the Holocaust. In addition, the Center's Jewish Educational
Initiative taps the resources of the University School of Education
and the community to bolster the quality of Jewish educational institutions
in the Capital Region and the northeast.
As part of the Inauguration festivities, a 1:30 p.m. film viewing and
discussion in the Campus Center's Assembly Hall will focus on films
from the Jewish Heritage Video Collection, a compilation of more than
250 films of Jewish interest made possible by a gift from Hedy Bagatelle
('60), a member of the UAlbany Foundation Board, the Center's advisory
board and the honorary committee for this event.
For more information, visit http://www.albany.edu/judaic_studies.
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