Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Howard Berger Lecture Series continues in Sun Valley

2010. 07. 27.

Akiva Tor, the Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest region, is coming to Idaho as part of The College of Idaho's Judaic studies program, the Howard Berger Lecture Series. Tor, who is headquartered in San Francisco, speaks at 7 p.m. August 10 at the Community School theatre in Sun Valley. His lecture, entitled Middle East Peacemaking: The Iranian Nuclear Crisis and U.S.-Israel Relations, will be followed by a reception.

Tor has served as World Jewish Affairs Adviser to the President of Israel, as Director of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, as Deputy Director for Palestinian Affairs in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and has written and lectured extensively on Jewish values in the foreign policy of Israel.

The Howard Berger Lecture Series – named after C of I history professor Dr. Howard Berger, a 25-year veteran of the College – is the public face of the Judaic studies program at C of I. The lectureship is designed to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture, and philosophy in Idaho and the West. It is also the College's first step toward establishing an endowed chair in Judaic studies, which would be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West.

The series launched in May, when internationally renowned Judaic scholar and historian Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund visited the C of I campus and lectured about his research on ancient archeology sites throughout the Middle East. Freund also spoke in Boise and Sun Valley during his visit.

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