Jonathan Crane to Discuss Jewish Thought and Environmental Ethics

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 25, 2016—Jonathan Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, will speak at Williams College on Thursday, Nov. 3. His talk, titled “Earth, Water, Fire: Classic Jewish Sources on Stewardship,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public.

Crane earned a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, an M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Phil. in Gandhian thought from Gujarat Vidyapith in India, an M.A. in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Toronto. He is co-author of Ahimsa: The Way to Peace, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, author of Narratives and Jewish Bioethics, and editor of Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents. In addition to his writing, Crane is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jewish Ethics. A former president of the The Society of Jewish Ethics, he frequently speaks and publishes broadly on Judaism, ethics and bioethics, comparative religious ethics, narrative ethics, environmental and animal ethics, and interfaith dialogue.

This event is sponsored by Jewish Studies, Philosophy, and the Center for Environmental Studies. It is part of the year-long initiative Confronting Climate Change. Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.


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