Nixon Memorial Dedicated at Whittier College

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634

April 15, 2004
Reference: 03/04: 50
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216

History Professor David Myers is Whittier College’s Feinberg Lecturer

          David Myers, professor of Jewish history at UCLA, will speak at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in Whittier College’s Faculty Center. His talk, “Beyond Despair: The Israel-Palestine Conflict Today,” is part of Whittier’s annual Feinberg Lecture Series.
Myers, who is vice chairman in the Department of History at UCLA, was director of UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies from 1996–00. A native of Scranton, Penn., Myers graduated from Yale in 1982, and undertook graduate studies at Tel-Aviv and Harvard universities before receiving his Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University in 1991.
In addition to teaching at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Russian State University for the Humanities and the Wexner Fellows Program, he has served as a fellow of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At UCLA, he teaches courses on ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history.
          Myers has received fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Fund, Lady Davis Trust, Leo Baeck Institute, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem.

          He has published extensively in the field of Jewish intellectual and cultural history and is the author of Re-Inventing the Jewish Past: European Jewish Intellectuals and the Zionist Return to History, and most recently, Resisting History: The Crisis of Historicism in German-Jewish Thought (Princeton 2003). His has co-edited From Ghetto to Emancipation: Historical and Contemporary Reconsiderations of the Jewish Community, The Jewish Past Revisited: Reflections on Modern Jewish Historians, Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Jerushalmi, Enlightenment and Diaspora: The American and Jewish Cases. He is currently working on books on the Diaspora Hebraist Simon Rawidowicz and the Satmar Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel, N.Y.
          The talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Faculty Center is located just behind the Campus Inn. Parking is available in the Campus Inn lot at the corner of Painter Avenue and Earlham St.
          Established by former Whittier College Trustee Sheldon Feinberg and his wife, Betty, the Feinberg Lecture Series was created to invite major scholars to the college to discuss the broad historic, religious and political issues encompassed by Judaism and its role in a changing world.
          Previous Feinberg Lecturers include radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager, John Loftus, prosecutor of Nazi criminals; Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Public Policy at George Mason University; William Helmreich, professor of sociology and Judaic studies at City University Graduate Center and City College of New York; and Rodger Kamenetz, author of the national bestseller The Jew in the Lotus.
          Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.


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