The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
Events for the 2012-13 academic year
Oct. 2, 2012
Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
“Seeing Through Different Lenses: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture"
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, and Christian Theological Seminary. A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and frequent humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies. An acclaimed scholar, her recent books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Jewish Annotated New Testament.
March 7, 2013
Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts
Musical Performance: "Treasures of World Song"
Gerard Edery -vocals,
guitar, saz, composer and recording artist - is recognized as a leading musical
folklorist and a master singer and guitarist. He has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic
folk styles and traditions from around the world. He sings in fifteen languages and speaks four fluently. Not only does he regularly uncover and
preserve songs, stories and melodies from around the globe, he energizes these
repertoires by interpreting them for contemporary audiences. His special brand of world music fusion
prizes formal authenticity and an appreciation for how disparate cultures
overlap, parallel each other and often borrow from one another. He has recorded
14 CDs of his work on the Sefarad Records label and published a widely
acclaimed Sephardic songbook.
Click here to see Gerard Edery's performance at The Interfaith Church, New York with Sean Kupiz.
Click here to see Gerard Edery's performance at Flamenco Sepharad at The Cornelia Street Cafe, New York.
Recent past lectures
For more information on the the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in
Public Understanding, please contact the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at email@example.com or call Catherine at 920-403-3919.
- 2012 Sean Callaghan, Lead Consultant at Strategic Impact
- 2011 Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion and the Media, Syracuse University
- 2011 Leonard Pitts, Jr., Recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and syndicated columnist with the Miami Herald since 1994
- 2010 Rick Nahmias, Photographer, writer, and visual storyteller
- 2010 Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of
Maryland and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban
Center at the Brookings Institution
- 2008 Alan Wolfe, professor of political science and director of the
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College
- 2007 Kevin Phillips, political analyst
- 2006 "In Conversation: An Evening with David Halberstam"
- 2005 Garry Wills: "The Importance of the Enlightenment to America"
- 2004 Reuven Firestone: "God and Allah Need to Talk"
- 2003 Michael Beschloss: "Presidents in Crisis
- 2002 Benjamin Barber
- 2001 Stephen Carter
- 2000 Martin Marty
- 1999 Elie Wiesel
- 1998 William Sloane Coffin
- 1997 Haynes Johnson
- 1996 Morris Dees
- 1995 Jean Bethke Elshtain
- 1994 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
About the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
Norman and Louis Miller
The Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding was established at St.
Norbert College in 1993 by the Norman Miller Family Foundation in honor
of the life of Louis Miller, a native of Green Bay who died in 1989. At
that time, Norman Miller, an area developer and longtime advocate for
human rights, stated, "I am pleased that my brother's name will be
memorialized through a continuing series [of lectures] at St. Norbert
College that will promote peace and better understanding." When Norman
himself passed away in 2008, his name was added to the title of these
Continuing the legacy of the men for which it is named, the Norman and
Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding promotes unity,
communication and tolerance among different cultures, religions,
ethnicities and traditions. The lecture series celebrates human dignity
and encourages better understanding between people, both domestically