‘Challenge to Faith in the 21st Century’ to be Topic of Rabbi Sacks’ McDermott Lecture

Rabbi Sacks


Published Date: April 14, 2014

The 2014 McDermott Lecturer is Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, emeritus chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. His May 1 public lecture is titled "To Heal a Fractured World: The Challenge to Faith in the 21st Century." 

Rabbi Sacks' talk is presented by the University of Dallas in cooperation with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Center for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Rabbi Sacks will speak at the Dallas City Performance Hall on May 1 at 7 p.m.

On April 30, Rabbi Sacks will deliver a private lecture to the UD community: "The Future of Faith: The Judeo Christian Ethic in the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium. The event is only open to UD students, faculty and staff. Admission is free.

A global religious leader, philosopher, renowned speaker and moral voice for our time, Rabbi Sacks is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University.

From 1991 to 2013, Rabbi Sacks served as chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. A frequent contributor to radio, television and the press in Britain and around the world, Rabbi Sacks holds 16 honorary degrees and has authored more than two dozen books. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords, in October 2009.

The May 1 event is open to the public, and general admission tickets are $18 each. Student and educator tickets are available for $5 each with a valid school ID. Tickets may be purchased at www.udallas.edu/mcdermottlecture, www.dallasinstitute.org/2014-eugene-mcdermott-lecture or by calling 972.721.5226.

Rabbi Sacks is speaking as part of the University of Dallas' Eugene McDermott Lecture Series, which was established 40 years ago in honor of the late scientist and civic leader. The prestigious annual lecture has featured important writers, artists, philosophers and educators including Derek Walcott, Mortimer Adler, Maya Lin, Jacques Barzun, Bruce Cole, Paul Goldberger, Leon Kass, Mark Helprin and Francis Fukuyama.

The lecture is made possible by a gift from Margaret McDermott and is inspired by Louise Cowan, a former University of Dallas English Department chair, dean of the university's Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and a co-founder of the Dallas Institute.

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