Professor to Discuss His Role As Jewish Scholar Oct. 19

Oct. 13, 1998

Dr. Marc Ellis, professor of American and Jewish studies at Baylor University, will talk with students about his role as a Jewish scholar on the Baylor campus at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in room 315 in Carroll Library.

A world-renowned scholar on Jewish theology, Jewish-Palestinian relations, post-Holocaust thought and Jewish-Christian relations, Ellis will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including "Hitler and the Holocaust," beginning in the spring 1999 semester. His courses will be offered through the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies but will be crosslisted with courses in the political science, religion, history and sociology departments.

"I expect Marc Ellis to become one of the university's most popular professors, and I think his class on the Holocaust will become a blockbuster course that students stand in line for," said Dr. Derek Davis, director of the Dawson Institute..

Ellis earned his bachelor's and master's degree from Florida State University and received his doctorate in contemporary intellectual and religious history in 1980 from Marquette University. Upon completing his doctorate, Ellis founded the master's program in justice and peace studies at New York's Maryknoll School of Theology in 1980 and was coordinator of the program until 1995. Before coming to Baylor, he served as senior fellow at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions and as a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

An acclaimed writer, Ellis has authored nine books including Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time, and Ending Auschwitz: The Future of Jewish and Christian Life. He also has lectured extensively throughout the world and in 1992, he traveled to Auschwitz, Poland, where he was a member of a Jewish delegation on the future of Auschwitz.

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