Judaism/Islam specialist on Ryterband Symposium
Dr. Reuven Firestone, professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, will be the guest scholar for this year’s Ryterband Symposium, to be held on the new campus of United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road in Trotwood.
On Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Firestone will deliver his keynote address, Holy War in Western Religions.
The following day, Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, he will lead a textual study on Abraham in the Western Religions. These programs are free and open to the public.
For eight years, Firestone served as director of HUC-JIR’s Magnin School of Graduate Studies and Loucheim School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Southern California, which offers degrees in cooperation with HUC-JIR.
Firestone has also taught at Boston University and was a research fellow at Hebrew University.
The Ryterband Symposium is a collaborative project of United Theological Seminary, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University, and is facilitated by Dr. Mark Verman, Zusman Professor of Judaics at Wright State. For more information about the symposium, call Verman at 775-2461.