Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) will speak about the friendship and shared vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, at 7:30 p.m. in the Numen Lumen Pavilion.
“Praying with their Legs: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion
Tuesday, October 21
Dr. Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, will give a public lecture titled “Praying with their Legs: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Elon University’s Numen Lumen Pavilion.
Heschel will speak about the friendship and shared vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her father, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. The relationship between Heschel and King was a close friendship as well as a relationship of colleagues working together as political activists in the civil rights movement and in opposition to the war in Vietnam.
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), an émigré from wartime Europe who taught at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and later at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, is one of the world’s best known Jewish theologians.
Susannah Heschel serves on the faculty of the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Religion, and the Women and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth. Her research and teaching focus on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism, and her many publications include the anthology of her father’s writings titled “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel.”
Heschel’s lecture at Elon is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies, African & African-American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, the Multicultural Center, the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, and Elon Hillel.
A coffee klatch hosted by the Multicultural Center in the Numen Lumen Pavilion will follow the program with Heschel.