UNL News Releases 01/24/03



Israeli Philosopher, Commentator Margalit to Speak in Lincoln, Omaha

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. (Lincoln); Monday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. (Omaha); Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. (movie)
WHERE: Christlieb Gallery of the Great Plains Art Collection, 1155 Q St., Lincoln (lecture);
Jewish Community Center of Omaha, 333 S. 132n St. (lecture);
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 313 N. 13th St., Lincoln (movie)

Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 24, 2003--Avishi Margalit, Shulman professor of philosophy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will deliver lectures in Lincoln and Omaha Feb. 2 and 3 in the first Kripke lectures sponsored by the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The lectures will explore the theme, "Occidentalism: Dehumanizing the West."

Margalit, author of several books and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, writing on both philosophical subjects and Israeli politics, will discuss "Occidentalism: The Mind of the West" beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Christlieb Gallery of the Great Plains Art Collection, 1155 Q St. in Lincoln. He will explore the idea that in the eyes of the "Occidentalists" (those in the East who hate the West), the "mind of the West" is truncated and machine-like, devoid of soul and spirituality.

In his second lecture, "Religious Occidentalism," beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Jewish Community Center of Omaha, 333 S. 132nd St., Margalit will explore radical Islam as an "Occidentalist" ideology that sees the West as promoting a form of idolatry.

The lectures are free and open to the public and are funded by a generous gift from Rabbi Myer Kripke of Omaha. Rabbi Kripke and his late wife, author Dorothy Kripke, served the congregation of Beth El Synagogue in Omaha for many years.

Also as part of Margalit's visit to Nebraska, an award-winning Israeli film, "Time of Favor," will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at UNL's new Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 313 N. 13th St. in Lincoln. "Time of Favor" is partly a political thriller, partly a romantic melodrama, set in an Orthodox settlement led by a charismatic rabbi on the West Bank. The film was Israel's entry for best foreign-language Oscar and the winner of six Israeli Academy Awards, including best picture, best screenplay, and best actress. Following the screening, which is free and open to the public, Margalit will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

CONTACT: Cheryl Kruid, Judaic Studies, (402) 472-9561 (ckruid@unlnotes.unl.edu)


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