Faith in Action: In the Footsteps of Abraham Joshua Heschel

From Europe on the Brink of World War II to Selma at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement

On exhibit from March 19 - July 24, 2016

Hours 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Exhibit Description:

Abraham Joshua Heschel grew up in Poland, began his career in Germany and became one of the most influential Jewish theologians of the 20th century in the United States. Heschel dedicated his life to the study of traditional Jewish sources and the application of those sources to the situations faced by Modern Jews. Heschel modeled socially engaged Judaism throughout his life. He represented American Jews at the Second Vatican Council, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma and protested the Vietnam War. This exhibit showcases Heschel's life and work as a rabbi, philosopher, writer, professor, ecumenist and social activist.



Meyer traveling exhibit"I Have No Right To Be Silent", The Human Rights Legacy of the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer

Exhibit Schedule:

  • OAS Headquarters, Washington DC: Oct 2010 - Dec 2010
  • Bnai Jeshurun, NYC: Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America, NYC: Mar 2011 - May 2011
  • Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University: Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
  • Duke Divinity School, York Room: Oct 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Guilford College, Greensboro NC: Feb 2012 - Apr 2012
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland: Aug 2012 - Nov 2012
  • Sao Paolo, Brazil : Fall 2013
  • UQAM, Montreal, Canada: Jan 2014 - April 2014
  • The Dodd Center at UConn at Storrs: Fall 2014
  • Slater Memorial Musuem, Norwich, CT: Sept 2015- Jan 2016

Rabbi Marshall Meyer was an ordinary man whose extraordinary convictions, faith and impetuous personality impelled him to become one of the most important human rights activists during Argentina's Dirty War (1976-1983). Marshall is remembered for what he did, namely his human rights work and social justice activism. But his legacy is made that much greater by his ability to articulate why we are all responsible for speaking out against injustice. This exhibit is not only a commemoration of the social activism and human rights work of Rabbi Marshall Meyer, but it also explores the making of an activist.

This traveling exhibit consists of 12 beautiful banners whose text and imagery draws on the rich and powerful collection of documents contained in the Marshall T. Meyer papers including intimate family photos, moving letters from prisoners, internal government memos and rare human rights publications.

See an online version of the exhibit.

The exhibit is funded by the generosity of an anonymous donor and is a co-project of the Duke Human Rights Archive, The Duke Human Rights Center and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

Hosting the Marshall Meyer exhibit at your institution

The Marshall T. Meyer traveling exhibit is available free of charge to interested institutions.

Please review the exhibit spec sheet and contact Patrick Stawski with questions.