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Stetson University presents the George H. Shriver Lectures: ‘Religion in American History – The Urban Origins of American Judaism’ with lecturer Deborah Dash Moore, the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 29.

  • “Synagogues” – Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • “Streets” – Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 12 p.m.
  • “Stories” – Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.

All lectures will be held in the Stetson Room, on the second floor of the Carlton Union Building, located at 131 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.

Dr. George Shriver, a 1953 Stetson graduate, endowed the George H. Shriver Lectures at Stetson University in appreciation for his educational experience as an undergraduate. The creation of this series is a fulfillment of one of his dreams and joins together two of his academic passions—religious studies and history. The purpose of these lectures is to bring to Stetson’s campus distinguished scholars who lecture on the role of religion in shaping America’s past and present. These lectures explore the urban origins of American Judaism across three centuries through the lens of synagogues, streets and stories. These narratives convey to future generations, powerful and awe-inspiring experiences of Jewish urban life.

Deborah Dash Moore taught in the Religion Department of Vassar College for many years. She specializes in twentieth century American Jewish history and has written a number of books including: At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981); To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A. (1994); Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images (2001); American Jewish Identity Politics (2008); GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004), B’nai B’rith and the Challenge of Ethnic Leadership (1981). She edited the Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997) and Gender and Jewish History (2010). 

Admission is free. More information: contact Dr. Mitchell Reddish, Professor and Department Chair of Religious Studies, at [email protected], or call (386) 822-8930.