Expert on Jewish Ethics and Interfaith Relations to Lecture at The University of Scranton

Mar 31, 2011

The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute of The University of Scranton welcomes Eugene Korn, Ph.D., a scholar and teacher in the fields of Jewish ethics and law, theology and interfaith relations. He will present a lecture titled “Can We Make Room for Each Other? Christian and Jewish Thought After the Holocaust” on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in room 405 of the DeNaples Center on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Korn, who earned a doctorate in moral philosophy from Columbia University and was ordained by the Israeli Rabbinate, is the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel. In that position, he co-directs the center’s Institute for Theological Inquiry and is the editor of the online journal, Meorot–A Forum for Modern Orthodox Discourse (formerly The Edah Journal).

He also teaches Medieval Jewish Thought for Boston Hebrew College’s Me’ah program and is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Religion and Society at Beit Morasha of Jerusalem. He has taught at Columbia University and Yeshiva University, and was previously the executive director of the Center for Christian Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University, director of interfaith affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, and director of leadership education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem.

Dr. Korn has published many books, chapters and essays that relate to the topic of his lecture at The University of Scranton. He is editor of “Covenant and Hope: Jewish and Christian Reflections,” to be published by Eerdmans Press later this year, and “Jewish Theology and World Religions,” to be published in 2012 by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization.

He has recently written a chapter on American Jewish interfaith relations for “The Future of Judaism in America,” which is part of Columbia University’s series on religion in America. He authored a popular book, “The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel–A Brief Introduction for Christians,” published by Jewish Lights, and has co-edited two books, “End of Exile” by James Parkes and “Two Faiths, One Covenant?” (Rowman and Littlefield), and authored a monograph, “Land and Covenant: The Religious Significance of the State of Israel.”

Dr. Korn has published numerous scholarly essays on Jewish ethics and law, Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish attitudes toward non‑Jewish cultures, Israel and religious tradition, pluralism, religious extremism and Jewish values, and business ethics. He also writes book reviews on theological works and op-ed essays that have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Jerusalem Post, America magazine, Religion News Service, the National Catholic Reporter, The Bergen Record, The Jewish Week, The Jewish Daily Forward, New Jersey Jewish News and the New Jersey Jewish Standard.

For further information, contact Marc Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of theology/religious studies at The University of Scranton, at 941-7956.

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