"Judaism, Science, and Medicine in Historical Perspective" – Talk by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson at UNC Asheville on March 12

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UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies will present a talk about Jewish thought and the interface of science and religion, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12, in the Reuter Center on campus. Arizona State University Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a scholar of Jewish intellectual history, will present the talk, Judaism, Science, and Medicine in Historical Perspective, which is free and open to everyone.

Tirosh-Samuelson will chronicle how Jewish philosophers, scientists and medical doctors through the ages have responded to scientific theories and discoveries that challenged traditional beliefs. She also will examine the idea of science as a religion, and modern paradigms that seek to integrate science and religion.

At Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, Tirosh-Samuelson is the Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, the director of Jewish Studies, and professor of history. Through her interdisciplinary research, she seeks to create bridges between intellectual disciplines, religious traditions, religious and secular outlooks, and gendered perspectives.

Tirosh-Samuelson is a fellow of the International Society of Science and Religion and serves on the editorial advisory board of Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science. She is the author of Between Worlds: The Life and Work of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon, which received a Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s award for the best work in Jewish history, and Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being. Her editing credits include the books Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word, and Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy.

For more information about UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies, visit cjs.unca.edu.