Purdue's Jewish Studies fall lecture series kicks off in September

August 2, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Jewish Studies program announces its fall 2015 Lecture series.

The series is free and open to the public, and includes the eighth annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture.  That lecture will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Stewart Center, Room 202. Sigrun Haude, associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, will present "Religion in Conflict: From Martin Luther to the Thirty Years' War (1500-1650)." This event is co-sponsored by Purdue's Jewish Studies and Religious Studies programs.

The noon lecture series will feature three presentations.

* Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 310. Ashley Purpura, visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Purdue, will present "Problematic Discourse and Producing Orthodoxy: 'Jews' in Byzantine Christian Hagiography and Hymns." 

* Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313. Lukas Plank, winner of the 2015 Edward Simon B'nai B'rith Barzillai Lodge No. 111 Prize in Jewish Studies, will present "Holocaust Denial."

* Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313. Marcus Smith, a graduate student in Purdue's Department of History, will present "The Jewish Community in Iraq: 1951 to Present."

The Jewish Studies program is housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.   

Writer: Jennifer Jackson, 260-494-5996, jacks152@purdue.edu

Source: Alice Wenger, Jewish Studies program coordinator, wengera@purdue.edu 

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