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Western religious traditions expert to deliver Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture March 25

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Björn Krondorfer, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, for the 2012 Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture. Krondorfer will present “The Art of Dialogue: Jewish-Christian Relations in a Post-Shoah World” on Sunday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m. in McManus Theatre in the Andrew White Student Center on the University’s North Charles Street campus.

Krondorfer’s lecture will explore themes from visual books he created with Karen Baldner that are currently on display in Loyola’s Julio Fine Arts Gallery. Krondorfer, a non-Jewish German, and Baldner, a German Jew, collaborated on this artistic project to address the legacy of the Shoah (Hebrew word for “Holocaust”) on their lives in the United States by exploring a dialogue that moves through the verbal realm but more substantially through the language of the visual arts.

Krondorfer is an expert in the Western religious traditions with particular interests in cultural, Holocaust, and gender studies. He has authored, edited, and contributed to numerous books and currently serves on the editorial board and as book review editor of the Journal of Men, Masculinities, and Spiritualities and on the editorial board of the online journal Theologie und Geschichte. He is a member of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations. Since 1996, he has been a participating scholar of the biennial, international meetings of the Stephen Weinstein Holocaust Symposium. Previously, he served as appointed series editor of the Cultural Criticism Series of Oxford University Press. He has been part of the Speakers Bureau of the Maryland Humanities Council, and served as co-chair for the Men’s Studies in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to his writing and academic work, Krondorfer organizes and facilitates intercultural dialogue and encounter programs, including the International Summer Program on the Holocaust, interreligious clergy groups, creative explorations with artists, and Bibliodrama seminars. After studying theology at several German universities, Krondorfer earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University.

Hosted by Loyola’s Center for the Humanities, the annual Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established by the Jerome S. Cardin family to foster exploration of topics in the humanities pertinent to the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly in the area of Jewish-Christian relations. More information about this year’s lecture and corresponding art exhibit and workshops is available online.

The event is free and open to the public but guests are encouraged to register to reserve a seat. Guests can register online, by phone at 410-617-2545, or by email, advevents@loyola.edu.

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