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Meetings of the Mind: Lectures

Published May 3, 2004

'Jewish dilemmas'

A scholar of multiculturalism and feminist theory, Seyla Benhabib will give the Barnet Lecture on Tuesday, May 11, at 4 p.m. in Filene Auditorium.

Seyla Benhabib
Seyla Benhabib

Titled "Jewish Dilemmas and Cosmopolitan Promises: Hannah Arendt on the 'Right to Have Rights,'" the lecture is presented in connection with three spring term courses in Jewish Studies: "Holocaust Memory in Israel and the United States," "Jewish and Minority Literature," and "Jews and the Text." The lecture is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.

Benhabib's lecture will examine the contradictions of the nation-state as outlined by political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. She has taught at Harvard University and the New School for Social Research, and was a Russell Sage Foundation Fellow while holding the Baruch de Spinoza Distinguished Professorship at the University of Amsterdam in 2000-01.

The Jewish Studies program will also host Morris Dickstein, speaking on "Scenes from the Great Depression," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in 2 Rockefeller. He is Director of the Center for the Humanities at City University of New York's Graduate Center and Distinguished Professor of English and Theater at CUNY's Queens College.

For more information contact the Jewish Studies Program at 646-0475.

By NOAH TSIKA '05

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