The University Honors Program will host a public lecture by noted author Roger K. Newman on Monday, September 24th, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the University Center. The topic of his lecture at UTC is “Civil Liberties, Surveillance, and Terrorism.”
A professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and research scholar at the New York University School of Law, Newman won the Scribes Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
Newman has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, several NEH grants, serves as the editor-in-chief of The Constitution and Its Amendments, and as editor of the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law.
Newman lectures on American freedoms and Constitutional law at colleges and universities across the U.S. and contributes extensively to newspapers and legal publications.
Panel discussion on media and the war in Iraq
The public is invited to a free UTC panel discussion titled “Iraq and the press” on Tuesday, September 25, 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. Panelists will be Tom Griscom, Executive Editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dr. Kit Rushing, head of the UTC Department of Communication and Dr. Bob Swansbrough, professor in the UTC Department of Political Science. Dr. Fouad Moughrabi, head of the Department of Political Science, will moderate the panel discussion.
Philosophy and Religion Department sponsors speaker
The UTC Department of Philosophy and Religion will host Sander L. Gilman on Thursday, September 27, 4 p.m. in the UTC University Center Auditorium. “Can the experiences of the Jews serve as a template for today’s Diaspora Muslims?” will be the topic of this free lecture. The public is invited.
Gilman is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University, and Director of the Program in Psychoanalysis as well as the Health Sciences Humanities Initiative. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over seventy books. Recent titles include his Oxford University lectures, Multiculturalism and the Jews (2006); and, Race and Contemporary Medicine: Biological Facts and Fictions (2007). He is also the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred.
In a PowerPoint lecture presentation, Gilman will discuss the complex relationship of Muslims to a multicultural society in Europe and the United States. Many of the conflicts and difficulties experienced by Muslims today mirror earlier debates within Diaspora Jewry and European society concerning the ability of Jews to become true members of Western culture. Can the negotiations about religious practice among Jews in Western nation states provide a template for the development of Islam in the West?
This event is sponsored by UTC’s Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies, the Keese Lecture Fund, and the Chattanooga Phi Beta Kappa Association.
Bookstore has Rescuing Da Vinci book
The UTC Bookstore has copies of the book, Rescuing Di Vinci, in stock. The author, Robert Edsel, spoke on campus September 19 to a full house.