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Note that this is an extra credit opportunity!

The 2009 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies will center on efforts within the American Jewish community to combat global hunger, poverty, disease and violence. “Global Vision:  Opening our Eyes to Injustice” will be presented by Ruth Messinger on September 30, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Law School Auditorium.

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an organization that works to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world through support of grassroots social-change projects, and through policy advocacy, volunteer service and education about global justice within the Jewish community. Messinger assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. She has been among leading anti-genocide, peace and human rights advocates called upon to advise President Obama, and was recently appointed to the newly formed White House Task Force on Global Poverty.

Speaking of her own experiences in the developing world, Ruth will propose how American Jews, who enjoy greater affluence and influence than ever before, can do their part to alleviate poverty, hunger, violence, disease and oppression. Sharing the words of dedicated Jews from communities across the United States – college and rabbinical students, community leaders and skilled professionals – she will tell of the enormous transformative impact volunteering and advocacy can make in the modern era.

The lecture will be preceded by a symposium to be held at 1:30 p.m. on September 30 in Lumpkin Auditorium. The panel of guest speakers will include the Rabbi of Beth Shalom Synagogue (Columbia, SC), faculty from the USC departments of Geography and Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior and the College of Charleston’s department of Sociology and Anthropology, the incoming USC Vice President for Research & Graduate Education, and Ruth Messinger herself. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Stanley Dubinsky, director of the Jewish Studies Initiative at Carolina.

The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public.