On April 5-7, the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies is presenting a symposium on Jewish religious and philosophical ethics, and four of the discussions will be open to the public. Lecturers include Dr. Yakir Englander, Dr. Lewis Gordon, Dr. Yaron Shemer and Dr. Howard Wettstein.

April 5, 7-9 p.m., UNO Community Engagement Center, Community Dialogue Room, CEC

Dr. Yakir Englander – “The Role of Theology in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Kids4Peace: Interfaith in Jerusalem”

Dr. Yakir Englander is Vice President of Kids4Peace International and previously was Director of Kids4Peace Israel and Palestine. Dr. Englander is currently a Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. In 2011, Dr. Englander received the Berlinsky-Sheinfeld Award for Change in Israeli Society from The Israel Council of Higher Education, for his work in Kids4Peace.

April 6, 12:15-2:15 p.m., Criss Library, Room 231

Dr. Yaron Shemer – “The Ethno Religious Juncture in Contemporary Israeli Cinema: Historical and Ethical Perspectives”

Dr. Shemer is an assistant professor in the Department of Asian Studies. He is the Hebrew Program advisor and advisor for the interdisciplinary major in Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

April 6, 7:30-9 p.m., CPACS Room 201

Dr. Howard Wettstein – “The Akedah: An Ethical Paradigm”

Dr. Wettstein is a leading Jewish philosopher and his keynote lecture is part of a symposium bringing together experts on Jewish religious and philosophical ethics from around the world.

April 7, 12:30-2 p.m., Dodge Room, Milo Bail Student Center

Dr. Lewis Gordon – “Afro-Jewish Ethics”

Dr. Gordon is an African-American Jewish philosopher who received his Ph.D from Yale University. He has taught at Brown University, Yale University and Temple University. Currently, he is Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies, and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut. He was recently awarded the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Rhodes University in South Africa.