Melton Double Header Program:
Pico Kosher: Kashrut in an Orthodox Los Angeles Neighborhood
Jody Myers, Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies Program Coordinator, California State University, Northridge
What is the relationship between what we eat and who we are? Professor Jody Myers (California State University Northridge) is researching how the kosher laws are studied and practiced in the schools, stores, restaurants and homes of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles. Come hear about the food, ideas, and social life of this fascinating community, and what they can tell us about modern Jewish life.
Christian Scholars and Hebrew Books: Why Christians Studied Jewish Texts in the Renaissance
Associate Professor of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Nebraska
Only a few Christian scholars could read the Hebrew Bible in 1500. By 1600, however, Hebrew was taught in universities throughout Europe, and Hebrew scholarship was honored by Protestants and Catholics alike. Professor Stephen Burnett (University of Nebraska) will discuss why Hebrew suddenly became so important to Christians in the Renaissance, and why this was important in European history.
No rsvp necessary, free.