WBAA to help university press celebrate 50 years with 'Shofar: A Celebration of Jewish Studies at Purdue'

May 10, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The first in a series of presentations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Purdue University Press will be Thursday, May 20.

The presentation, which is from 5:30-7 p.m. in Room B848 of the Hicks Undergraduate Library, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Taking the form of a panel discussion moderated by Mike Loizzo, WBAA news director, "Shofar: A Celebration of Jewish Studies at Purdue" draws its title from the interdisciplinary journal that had its inception on campus nearly 30 years ago. From modest beginnings at Purdue, Shofar is now recognized as one of the world's foremost journals in Jewish studies and is used by scholars at more than 4,000 institutions worldwide. It is the official publication of the Midwest and Western Jewish Studies associations and the centerpiece of a distinguished collection of other journals and books on Jewish studies published by Purdue University Press.

Joseph Haberer, Purdue professor emeritus of political science and emeritus director of the university's Jewish studies program, will be the featured speaker. Haberer was the founder, longtime editor, and is the current book editor of Shofar. He will be joined by Gordon Young, professor emeritus in the Department of History and former chair of Purdue's Jewish studies program, and other members of the Shofar team.

In addition to the lecture, WBAA Public Radio will air an interview with Haberer on AM 920 and FM 101.3 at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday (May 14). The interview, along with others in the Press's "Celebrating 50 Years of Scholarly Communication at Purdue" series, is available on the station's website, WBAA.org 

Contact: Sally Lutes, 765-496-7794, lutes@purdue.edu