FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 24, 2014
St. John’s College is hosting Princeton University professor and author of the critically acclaimed book How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought, Leora Batnitzky, as part of the 2014 St. John’s College Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. Professor Batnitzky will present “’Freedom Depends on Its Bondage’: The Return to Plato in the Philosophies of Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas,” on Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. John’s College campus (1160 Camino Cruz Blanca Santa Fe, NM 87505). The event is free and open to the public.
Leora F. Batnitzky joined the faculty in 1997. Her teaching and research interests include philosophy of religion, modern Jewish thought, hermeneutics, and contemporary legal and political theory. In 2002 she received Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the author of Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton, 2000), Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (Cambridge, 2006), and How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2011). Her current book project, tentatively titled "Conversion Before the Law: How Religion and Law Shape Each Other in the Modern World," focuses on a number of contemporary legal cases concerning religious conversion in the U.S., Great Britain, Israel, and India. She is also currently completing an edited volume for the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought on modern Judaism and legal theory. She is co-editor, with Peter Schäfer, of Jewish Studies Quarterly. Professor Batnitzky is the Director of Princeton's Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought, and she currently serves as Chair of the Department of Religion.