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University of Iowa News Release

May 3, 2004

Scholar to Speak On Jewish-Christian Dialogue May 10

Rabbi Michael Signer, a leading Jewish Studies scholar, will visit the University of Iowa Monday, May 10, to speak about the ongoing dialogue between Jews and Christians from Germany, Poland, and the United States. His lecture, "Seeds Of Hope In A Sea Of Antisemitism: Jewish-Christian Dialogue at the Edge of Auschwitz," begins at 2 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. His visit is sponsored by the department of religious studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the department's annual Adler Luncheon.

Signer is the Abrams Professor in the Department of Theology and a Senior Fellow of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He is director of the Notre Dame Holocaust Project and has been co-chair of the Joint Commission on Interreligious Affairs of the Reform movement since 1998.

He is the author of five books on topics that range from Medieval Latin Biblical commentaries to contemporary Jewish-Christian relations. He was American Jewish Committee Scholar at Catholic Institutions of Higher Education in Poland at Warsaw, Lublin, Wroclaw, and Poznan. After the initial experience in Poland he organized international seminars at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer in Auschwitz and the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department of religious studies in advance at 319-335-2164.

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