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Philosopher Moshe Halbertal to Deliver Crown Lecture

Halbertal to speak on challenges facing Israel as a Jewish democratic state Oct. 23

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October 14, 2013 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Noted Israeli philosopher, professor and writer Moshe Halbertal will speak at Northwestern University Wednesday, Oct. 23, as part of the Renée and Lester Crown Speakers Series.

A public intellectual in Israel and a member of that country’s Academy of Science and the Humanities, Halbertal will lecture at 7 p.m. on the “Jewish Democratic State: Israel between Nationalism, Religion and Liberalism.” Free and open to the public, his talk will take place in Room 107 of Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, on the Evanston campus. A reception will follow.

As a writer, Halbertal is probably best known for his 1997 book “People of the Book: Canon, Meaning and Authority” (Harvard University Press), a panoramic survey of Jewish attitudes toward scripture that applies the author’s deep knowledge of religious thought to modern issues.

Born in Ecuador, Halbertal today divides his life between the United States, where he is New York University’s Gruss Professor of Law, and Israel, where he is the John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Hebrew University. In 2001, he was appointed by a committee established by the Israeli Joint Chiefs to draft an ethics code for the Israeli Army.

Halbertal’s lecture is presented by the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. For more information, email jewish-studies@northwestern.edu or call Nancy Gelman at (847) 491-2612.