Maimonides, Medieval Jewish Thinker, to Be Focus of Boston University Colloquium
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(Boston) — Boston University’s Center for Philosophy and History of Science and its Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies will jointly host a day-long colloquium, “Maimonides: Philosopher and Scientist,” on Monday, November 8 at the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue.
Maimonides, or Moshe ben Maimon, was a medieval Jewish thinker who focused on illuminating the relationship between two seemingly disparate ways of viewing the world — science and philosophy.
Seven speakers will discuss Maimonides’ work in religion, astronomy, physics and medicine to commemorate the 800th anniversary of his death. Included are:
• Diana Lobel, assistant professor of religion at Boston University, who will discuss “Maimonides and the Sufi Strand in Jewish Thought.”
• Michael Zank, associate professor of religion at Boston University, who will discuss “Arousing Suspicion against Prejudice: Leo Strauss and the Study of Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed.”
• Fred Rosner, professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, N.Y., who will discuss “The Medical Legacy of Maimonides.”
The colloquium is free and open to the public. It will be moderated by Steven Katz, director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Additional information can be found online at http://www.bu.edu/cphs/colloquium/colloquia/45th.html.
EVENT: “Maimonides: Philosopher and Scientist,” sponsored by Boston University’s Center for Philosophy and History of Science and its Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
DATE: Monday, November 8, 2004
TIME: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
PLACE: Boston University, George Sherman Union, Terrace Lounge, 775 Commonwealth Avenue