Hebrew University begins to mark 75th anniversary


August 25, 1994|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

An incorrect telephone number was provided in some editions Thursday for information about a lecture series at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. The correct number is 532-5371.

The Sun regrets the error

Baltimore Hebrew University will celebrate the start of its 75th anniversary year with a broad variety of course offerings, a conference exploring trends and issues of American Judaism and an address by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

Recent historic changes in Israeli-Palestinian relations will be both celebrated and studied.

Beginning Wednesday, Robert O. Freedman of the university's TC faculty will teach a course titled "International Politics in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th Centuries."


Dr. Freedman, professor of political science and dean of graduate studies, brings to his subject first-hand knowledge of peace activism in the Middle East as well as a scholarly reputation. For years, he was in the forefront of Jewish academics urging Israelis and Palestinians to sit down together for peace talks.

A past president of the Association for Israel Studies, Dr. Freedman was a member of a Brookings Institution delegation that took part in a controversial meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, in February 1989 with Yasser Arafat and other PLO leaders.

Three times in 1988 and 1990, Dr. Freedman served on U.S. delegations exploring possible Middle East solutions with Soviet government officials and scholars.

Other courses to be offered by the university in the fall semester, some of which begin Oct. 2, include "Repentance and Forgiveness" and "The Road to Happiness in Medieval Arabic, Jewish and Christian Thought" -- both to be taught by Alan Udoff -- and "Myth and Symbolism in Kabbalah and Jungian Analytical Psychology," with Shimon Shokek and Mark Komrad as lecturers.

The work of Israeli novelist Amos Oz will be studied in a course taught by Arthur Lesley, and Mr. Oz himself will deliver the university's Maurice A. Stiller Lecture in November.

Israeli Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich will speak at the university's Sept. 25 convocation.

A conference on "Current Trends and Issues in American Jewish Religious Life" will bring a panel of scholars to the university in October.

For the benefit of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, courses at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave., are taught in Russian as well as English.

Devoted solely to Judaic and Hebraic studies, the university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees and has Elderhostel and other continuing-education programs.

Information: 578-6900.

Spiritual growth

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will bring six popular lecturers to its North Baltimore campus during the 1994-1995 academic year for a series titled "Life: The Spiritual Journey Toward Wholeness."

The series will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 when the Rev. Walter J. Burghardt, S.J., a leading Roman Catholic preacher and teacher of preachers, will speak on "Evangelization: A Call to Justice." His lecture is free.

There will be a $25 fee for an Oct. 9 address, also at 2 p.m., by Marcia Ann Gillespie, editor of MS. magazine. Her subject is "Achieving a Better and Safer Society."

Other free lectures in the series are "God of the Bars and Brothels: One Woman's Faith Journey" Nov. 13 by Edwina Gateley, founder of Chicago's Genesis House, and "Graham Greene: Pursuing the Secret of Love" March 5 by Morgan State University professor Valerie F. Sedlak.

Lectures by authors Bernie Siegel in February and M. Scott Peck in April round out the series. Dr. Peck will also conduct a workshop on "Spirituality and Psychology of Human Nature."

For fees and other information: 523-5371.

Pentecostal preaching

The Rev. Robert Hunt will preach at a 7 p.m. service next Thursday sponsored by Pentecostal Baptist Church at Upper Room Prayer Garden, 5 Roberts Ave., Catonsville.

The Pentecostal congregation will also hold services at 11 a.m. Sept. 4 at Johnnycake Elementary School, 5910 Craigmont Ave., at which the Rev. Lorene Cummings will speak, and at Upper Room Prayer Garden at 3 p.m. the same day, when the preacher will be the Rev. Patricia Ann Pride. Information: 747-7322.

Guest choirs

The Fellowship Love Concert Choir directed by Cleo Johnson and Gospel Music Workshop Choir directed by Peggy Carmichael will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Oak Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, 123 W. 24th St.

Information: 235-6908.

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