The UB Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage will present the first David Blitzer Lecture Series in Jewish Studies Feb. 4 through April 22.
The series will feature seven free public talks on and off campus by four exceptional scholars in the field of Jewish philosophy: Aaron Hughes, Kenneth Seeskin, Lenn E. Goodman and Richard Sugarman.
The series was endowed by author and CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer, a 1970 graduate of UB and 1999 recipient of a SUNY honorary doctorate in humane letters, in honor of his late father David, a Jewish Polish refugee.
With the exception of the inaugural lecture on Feb. 4, all speakers in the series will present two free public talks: an afternoon lecture at UB and an evening talk on a related topic in the Jewish Community Center, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville.
The series will open with “Why We Should All Be Medieval Jewish Philosophers,” a lecture by Aaron W. Hughes, as associate director of the UB institute and Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of History.