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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Zev Garber, professor and chair of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College, will give the lecture, "Rethinking the Problem of Edith Stein: Jew and Catholic Saint," Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Garber will focus on the controversy surrounding the religious identity of Edith Stein, a Jewish woman who became a nun, the intent of the Catholic Church in sanctifying her as a martyr, and the Jewish fear of Christianizing the Shoah (Holocaust).
Visiting Rosenthal professor at Case Western University, Garber has served as visiting professor of religious studies at the University of California at Riverside and as president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He is editor-in-chief of Studies in the Shoah series and co-editor of Shofar.
His publications include Methodology in the Academic Teaching of Judaism; Methodology in the Academic Teaching of the Holocaust; Shoah: The Paradigmatic Genocide; Peace, In Deed; and Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies.
Garber's most recent book is Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts with Bruce Zuckerman.
Harriet Freidenreich, professor of history at Temple University, will give the lecture, "European and American Jewish Women and Higher Education," Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. She also will give the talk, "The Changing Roles of Women in the Synagogue," in an open class Monday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. in Room 221 of Coleman Hall.
She is the author of The Jews of Yugoslavia; Jewish Politics in Vienna and Female, Jewish and Educated: The Lives of Central European University Women as well as numerous articles on Central European Jewish women in the 20th century. She teaches a wide range of courses in women's history, Jewish history, and European history at Temple University.
Freidenreich has received numerous award and fellowships including the Brandeis University Israel Summer Institute in 2004. She holds her degrees from the University of Toronto and Columbia University.
These events, which are open to the public without charge, are part of this fall's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies lecture series, "Judaism and its Cultural Implications," at Bucknell.