Authors Forum to Address "Jews and Political Power"

Series Concludes With “Has the God of Liberalism Failed?” on April 10

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March 7, 2008, New York, NY

Dr. Ruth R. Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, will be the guest speaker at “Jews and Political Power.” The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City. Dr. Alan Mittleman, director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies and professor of Jewish Philosophy, JTS, will respond.

The program is the second in a three-part series entitled “Authors Forum: Religion­Politics, Policy, Power,” sponsored by the Finkelstein Institute. The final program, “Has the God of Liberalism Failed?” will be held on April 10.
A frequent contributor to Commentary magazine and a commentator on cultural and political affairs, Dr. Wisse has published two political studies: Jews and Power, a widely-reviewed book that forms the basis for the evening's talk, and If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews.
Also considered a leader in the revival of interest in Yiddish literature and in the study of the Yiddish language, Dr. Wisse has authored several books, including The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Literature and Culture. She also wrote The Schlemiel as Modern Hero and A Little Love in Big Manhattan. Her edited works include The I. L. Peretz Reader and (with Irving Howe) The Best of Sholem Aleichem.
Dr. Wisse was the first professor to offer courses in Yiddish literature at McGill University, where she received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees. She is the winner of numerous awards and honors, including the National Humanities Medal, presented to her at the White House in November, 2007.

Dr. Mittleman, who is also chair of the Department of Philosophy at JTS, is the author of three books: Between Kant and Kabbalah, The Politics of Torah, and The Scepter Shall Not Depart From Judah. He is also the editor of Jewish Polity and American Civil Society, Jews and the American Public Square, Religion as a Public Good and Uneasy Allies: Jewish-Evangelical Relations. Dr. Mittleman's current project is a book on the philosophical and theological dimensions of hope in democratic political theory.

Admission is free; reservations are required. For further information or to RVSP, please call (212) 280-6093 or email. Attendees are requested to have photo IDs available and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program to allow sufficient time for registration.