Noted Jewish theologian to speak on the future of Israel/Palestine

October 21, 1998

Noted Jewish theologian to speak on the future of Israel/Palestine

ANN ARBOR—Marc Ellis, professor of American and Jewish studies at the Dawson Institute of Church-State Relations, Baylor University, will speak on Monday (Oct. 26) at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium D, Angell Hall, at the University of Michigan. His topic is “The Next 50 Years: Struggling toward an Israel/Palestine Embracing Justice and Peace.”

He is the author of nine books, including “Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time,” “Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation,” “Beyond Innocence and Redemption: Confronting the Holocaust and Israeli Power.” He also has co-edited four books, written many articles and has lectured extensively.

In 1988 Ellis delivered the luncheon address at the international conference “Theology, Politics and Peace,” organized by the Carter Presidential Center and Emory University. In 1991 he addressed the United Nations N.G.O. conference on the “Question of Palestine” in Vienna, Austria. In 1992 Ellis traveled to Auschwitz, Poland, where he was a member of a Jewish delegation on the future of Auschwitz. In 1995 he spoke at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He serves as a consultant to the Committee to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches and a member of the steering committee of the Religion, Holocaust and Genocide Consultation of the Americana Academy of Religion. He has been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. collegium of scholars at Morehouse College.

Ellis received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in religious and American studies from Florida State University, where he studied with the Jewish Holocaust theologian Richard Rubenstein. He received a Ph.D. from Marquette University in contemporary intellectual and religious history. At Maryknoll School of Theology he founded the M.A. program in Justice and Peace Studies, and was coordinator of that program until 1995.

His talk at U-M is sponsored by the U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Middle East Task Force, the Student ADC Chapter, and the Palestine Catastrophe Committee.


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