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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

Faith in Action ExhibitOn exhibit March 19th - July 24, 2016 in the Mary Duke Biddle Room.

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.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

Screening of "From Swastika to Jim Crow"
April 19, 2016, 7:00pm, Holsti Assembly Room (Rubenstein 153)

"From Swastika to Jim Crow" is a fascinating and moving one-hour documentary that tells the previously untold story of the many German Jewish professors who, expelled from their homeland by the Nazis, found new lives and careers at all-Black colleges and universities in the South. Through in-depth interviews with many of the surviving professors as well as their former students, "From Swastika to Jim Crow" uncovers a remarkable moment in American history and offers a fresh perspective on the complex history of race relations in America.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Leonard Rogoff, research historian of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina and author of "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina".

This film screening is a part of the 2015-2016 Rights! Camera! Action! Film Series co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center @ FHI, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, and Humanities Writ Large.  Special co-sponsor for this screening is the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

contact: Patrick Stawski, Human Rights Archivist,