UAlbany Jewish Studies Symposium Present "The
Passion of the Christ": Scholars' Perspectives
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 9, 2004) -- The University
at Albany Judaic Studies Department and the Center
for Jewish Studies will hold a symposium on Mel
Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ"
on Friday, March 19, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Humanities
Building, Room 354, UAlbany uptown campus. The
symposium is free and open to the public.
A panel featuring UAlbany professors Stanley
Isser of Judaic Studies, Helene Scheck of English,
and Barry Trachtenberg from Judaic Studies, as
well as students from Trachtenberg's course "Antisemitism
in Historical Perspective," will discuss
the ancient and medieval contexts for the film
as well as the controversy surrounding its characterization
of Jewish high priests. There will be opportunity
for audience members to pose questions and comments
to the panel. Light refreshments will be served.
Parking is available in the Main Visitors Lot,
located at Collins Circle, near the Washington
Avenue entrance to the campus. Parking is also
available in the Visitors Lot adjacent to Indian
Quad, accessed directly from the perimeter road
which circumvents the campus. For further information,
contact the Center for Jewish Studies at (518)
591-8514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.