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Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship to focus on humanitarianism

Efforts within the American Jewish community to combat global hunger, poverty, disease and violence will be the focus of this year’s Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the University of South Carolina.

Ruth W. Messinger
Ruth W. Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will participate in a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium on the eighth floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. She will deliver her talk, “Global Vision: Opening our Eyes to Injustice,” at 8 p.m. in the School of Law auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. The Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Messinger’s evening talk will draw from her personal experiences of humanitarian work in the developing world and outline ways American Jews can do their part to alleviate poverty, hunger, violence, disease and oppression. She also will share reflections of dedicated Jews in communities across the United States – college and rabbinical students, community leaders and skill professionals – of the transformative impact that volunteering and advocacy can have in today’s world.

Joining Messinger in the afternoon panel discussion will be Rabbi Jonathan Case of Beth Shalom Synagogue and Dr. John Rashford, professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at the College of Charleston. Participating University of South Carolina faculty will be Dr. Edward Carr, geography; Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr., Arnold School of Public Health; and Dr. Stephen Kresovich, vice president for research and graduate education. Dr. Stanley Dubinsky, director of Jewish studies at the university, will moderate.

The AJWS is an international organization that conducts humanitarian work in the developing world with support from grassroots social-change projects and through policy advocacy, volunteer service and education about global injustice within the Jewish community. Messinger has served as president of the AJWS since 1998, following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. She is among President Barack Obama’s advisers on matters of genocide, peace and human rights.

The Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies is funded by Judith and the late Melvin Solomon of Charleston and Samuel and Inez Tenenbaum of Columbia. Speakers have included Elie Wiesel, Thomas Cahill, Deborah Lipstadt and Thomas Friedman. It is one of the premiere lectureships of the College of Arts and Sciences and of the university.

For more information on the Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship, visit the Web site – www.cas.sc.edu – or call Ann Cameron at 803-777-9201.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 09/04/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/08/09 @ 8:19 AM | Permalink

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies

  • What: One of the premiere lectureships of the College of Arts and Sciences and of the university
  • Who: Ruth W. Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), to deliver lecture and participate in panel discussion
  • When and where: Wednesday, Sept. 30. Panel discussion -- 1:30 p.m., Lumpkin Auditorium; lecture -- 8 p.m., School of Law auditorium

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