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Humanities Center Lecture: 'Idealistic and Spiritual Elements within the Jewish Return to Zion'

Posted 03/03/2014
Submitted by T. Stores
Category: Campus Announcements

Yehezkel Landau, associate professor of interfaith relations at Hartford Seminary, will lecture on "Idealistic and Spiritual Elements within the Jewish Return to Zion" on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana 202/Mali 2 Lecture Hall.

His talk is part of the 2014 Humanities Center Lecture Series.

Landau's presentation will examine how the idealistic and spiritual elements within the Jewish return to Zion (Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel) in the 20th century clashed with tragic reality, as the Palestinians and the wider Arab world opposed the creation of the state of Israel.  The mix of romantic, even utopian, dreams and painful nightmares for both Palestinians and Jews will be explored as a case study in how Light and Shadow intermingle in human affairs.

Landau is a dual Israeli-American citizen, interfaith educator, and religious peace activist. He directed the OZ veSHALOM-NETIVOT SHALOM religious peace movement in Israel during the 1980s, and he was co-founder in 1991 of the OPEN HOUSE Center for Jewish-Arab coexistence and reconciliation in Ramle, Israel. He received the D.Min. degree from Hartford Seminary, the M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and his B.A. from Harvard University.

The 2014 Humanities Center Lecture Series theme is Utopia/Dystopia, led by Beth Richards, director of first- and second-year writing programs. All students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community, are invited to explore utopia and dystopia in disciplines from the sciences to the arts, media, psychology, history, film, philosophy, and literature. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana 202/Mali 2 Lecture Hall, and are free and open to the general public.