The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University hosts a variety of programs and lectures throughout the year, and its spring lecture series brings to the campus Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and host of “MTP Daily” seen Monday through Fridays on MSNBC. On Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m., Todd is scheduled to appear at the Quick Center for the Arts. Todd, who is political director for NBC News, will speak on “Politics and Jewish Identify in Today’s America.” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the Quick Center’s box office.
The 2018 Diane Feigenson Lectureship in Jewish Literature will be presented by Ken Frieden Ph.D., of Syracuse University, on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Friedan will discuss “Traveling to the Holy Land in Jewish Literature and Music.” His presentation will include a musical performance on hammer dulcimer by renowned klezmer musician Pete Rushefsky. The event is free.
The annual Holocaust Remembrance Service features Esther Geizhals, a survivor of Auschwitz & Bergen-Belsen. It takes place on Thursday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola and is co-sponsored with the campus ministry.
On Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies takes place in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Christine Hayes, a professor at Yale University, will speak on the topic, “Can We Laugh at God? Humor and Truth in Rabbinic Judaism.” This event also is free.