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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.

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