Athens and Jerusalem lecture by Professor David Patterson

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Venue: JO 4.614
Admission: free
Season: 2012-13

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies presents a lecture series
The Chosen and the Cursed: Persecution of the Jews Over the Millennia

“Athens and Jerusalem”

Lecture by: Professor David Patterson, Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies

Ever since the time of the Maccabees, there has been an opposition between Greek and Hebrew ways of thinking. In this lecture we shall examine what distinguishes a Jewish understanding of God, world, and humanity from the Greek outlook that would shape Western civilization. The lecture will also address how these divergent viewpoints shape the ideological animosities of the modern age and what those animosities have to do with the Holocaust. The questions to be considered, then, are:

What makes Jewish thought Jewish?

What are the dening features of the modern way of thinking inherited from the Greeks and championed aer the Enlightenment?

And how what does the tension between the two have to do with the many causes that  contributed to the Holocaust?

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