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November 28, 2006
Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Dr. Susannah Heschel
Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event with Dr. Susannah Heschel of Dartmouth College was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.
Susannah Heschel holds the Eli Black Chair in Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, and her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (1998), which won a National Jewish Book Award, and The Aryan Jesus: Christians, Nazis and the Bible (2007). Heschel has also written extensively on feminist issues related to Jewish Studies and edited the classic collection, On Being a Jewish Feminist (Schocken 1995). Since 1999 Heschel has served on the academic advisory Committee of the Research Center of the US Holocaust Museum. The Carnegie Foundation awarded her a Scholar's Grant in 2009 to write a book on the history of Jewish scholarship on Islam. During her leave, she is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. Heschel received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.