Susannah Heschel

Dr. Martin Luthur King, Jr., was a mensch, says Susannah Heschel

In an interview for Public Radio International, just aired on WNYC, Religion Professor Susannah Heschel (also Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth), who met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., several times, recalls that, “He was always so gentle and kind and friendly to me.” And in an article in the January 16, 2017, issue of Haaretz, the oldest daily newspaper of Israel, "How John Lewis Became a Hero for American Jews," Professor Heschel, whose father was a rabbi who marched with King, tells how the Hebrew Bible inspired civil rights activists in the ‘60s.

Susannah Heschel presented with prestigious Moses Mendelssohn Award

Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, has just been presented with the Leo Baeck Institute's prestigious Moses Mendelssohn Award for her "outstanding scholarly contributions" to the study of German-Jewish culture. "It's a great honor to receive an award for my scholarship from colleagues in my field," she says. "It's wonderful." At the September 25 award ceremony in New York, she gave the 59th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture, "The Other in the Mirror: Jewish Interpretations of Christian and Islamic Origins," focussing on the work of pioneering 19th-century scholars Abraham Geiger and Heinrich Graetz. Read more in the Dartmouth News.

"Speak Out Against Islamophobia"

Professor Susannah Heschel and two other prominent academics spoke out his week at Boston University, urging students to counter anti-Islam bigotry in the wake of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's controversial call to bar Muslims from entering the country, reports The Boston Globe. Professor Heschel told the crowd that gathered on the university campus that "it's not Islam that makes somebody decide, 'I want to kill someone.' It doesn't work that way."

Professor Susannah Heschel on the Massacre in Charleston

 “When are we going to have reparation—for slavery, for Jim Crow, for the new Jim Crow? Unless you give back, there is no repentance for you,” says Susannah Heschel, Professor of Religion and Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, in a recent panel discussion on MSNBC.

Professor Susannah Heschel on the Selma to Montgomery March

“Few events in history of the United States are as inspiring as the march from Selma. Walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named for a Confederate general) opened a door, inviting all Americans to join in unity against segregation and racism,” says Professor Susannah Heschel in a Jewish Daily Forward opinion piece about her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was among those who marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Professor Susannah Heschel elected to ASSR

Professor Susannah Heschel has been elected to the American Society for the Study of Religions (ASSR). Established in 1959, this is an interdisciplinary group of about 100 members who are chosen on the basis of their scholarly accomplishments, their comparative interests, and their collegiality with peers.

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