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'Judaism' First Presentation in Series on Aging, Spirituality Feb. 19

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Posted: Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Feb. 11, 2014

Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education will present three speakers from different religious traditions in the eighth edition of its lecture series on Aging and Spirituality this spring: Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The focus comes from Vatican II, on “The Declaration of the Church to non-Christian religions,” where the Catholic Church commits itself to a dual program of proclamation and dialogue and which recognizes that “the Church rejects nothing that is holy and true” in these other religions.

The first speaker will be Ben Schachter, professor of fine arts at Saint Vincent College, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. His presentation is entitled, “Abraham and Sarah, Laughing at 90.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Schachter received his master of fine arts and master of science degrees from Pratt Institute and is founder and blogger of Jewish Art Theory where his thoughts on Jewish Art continue to develop. His paintings and sculptures integrate contemporary art with Jewish thought. He is a recipient of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Grant. Yale University, Yeshiva University Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Mattress Factory and other venues throughout the United States have exhibited his work. He has written for Contentions and the Weekly Standard blog. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and four children.

Upcoming presentations in the series include Sheikh Atef Mahgoub to represent Islam and its perspectives on aging with wisdom, 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12; and a representative from the Buddhism tradition (speaker to be announced), 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend and share in the discussion and questions.

Parking for the physically challenged is available at the Fred M. Rogers Center. All participants may park in Parking Area A and enter the Rogers Center at the first floor entrance.

Reservations are not required. For additional information, phone 724 805-2522.

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Photo: Ben Schachter 

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