SWOPE Lecture to Examine Palestine/Israel Conflict

August 20, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. – Two religious scholars — one Jewish and one Palestinian — are coming to University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall to deliver the lecture, “Palestine/Israel: One Land, Many Narratives, and a Dialogue.” The talk is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16. The event, part of the Swope Lecture Series on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values, is free and open to the public; seating is limited.

Tzvi Adelman and Muhammad Abu Samra co-taught courses in Israel on Jewish and Islamic texts and traditions for Jewish and Palestinian students, including matters of sacred scriptures and gender. They were the 2002 and 2004 Visiting Israeli Scholars at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and offered an online course on “The Other in Judaism and Islam” at Hebrew College in Boston.

AdelmanAdelman, a citizen of both the United States and Israel, is director of the program in Jewish Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. Previously he served as director of Program in Jewish studies at Smith College, and taught in Israel, Australia, and Germany. His field of research and publication is early-modern Italian Jewry, especially gender and the family. He holds degrees from Cornell University, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Brandeis University.

Muhammed Abu SamraAbu Samra is a Palestinian citizen of Israel and holds degrees in linguistics and international relations specializing in Middle Eastern studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He publishes articles about the daily experience of Palestinians under Israeli occupation and about cultural and intellectual issues in contemporary Arab Islamic thought. He teaches courses in Middle Eastern and Islamic topics at colleges in Palestine, Israel, and the United States, currently at David Yellin College of Education in West Jerusalem. Abu Samra is completing a doctoral dissertation at Haifa University about the discourse on the Qur'an in modern liberal Arab thought. The two scholars regularly lecture at universities, conferences, and synagogues in Israel, the United States, and Canada.

The Swope Endowed Lectureship was established at Puget Sound through a gift from Major Ianthe Swope in honor of her mother, Jane Hammer Swope. The lectureship is intended to promote broad discussions, critical thinking, and ethical inquiry about matters of religion, such as its role in public life, issues in contemporary spirituality, ethics, and world religions.

The Tacoma lecture is free but ticketed. Advance tickets are available at Wheelock Student Center Information Desk. A reception with Adelman and Abu Samra will be held in Wyatt Hall’s Pierce Atrium following the talk.

Directions and parking information are available at www.pugetsound.edu/directions.

Editor’s Note: A print-quality photo of Adelman and Abu Samra is available on the University of Puget Sound website at www.pugetsound.edu/pressphotos.