Sunday, October 28, 2007

UCLA Faculty Center • 7:30 PM

“Jewish Spiritual Resistance

in Nazi Germany:

A Tale of Two Rabbis”

The “1939” Club Distinguished Lecture in Holocaust Studies

Michael A. Meyer

(Hebrew Union College)

*A selection of Professor Meyer’s books will be available

for purchase by the UCLA BookZone.

Cash, check, and credit card will be accepted.

Michael A. Meyer was born in Berlin, Germany and brought to the United States as a small child in 1941. He received his B.A. (with highest honors) from UCLA, his B.H.L. from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from HUC in Cincinnati. From 1964 to 1967, he taught at the Los Angeles campus of HUC. Since 1967 he has been on the faculty of HUC, Cincinnati, where he is currently the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History. Every fourth semester he teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem campus of HUC.

Professor Meyer’s recent large-scale project was editing and contributing to the four-volume German-Jewish History in Modern Times (Columbia UP, 1996-1998; German edition, 1996-1997; Israeli edition 2000-2005). The second volume won the Jewish Book Award for Jewish History in 1997. In 1990 he published Jewish Identity in the Modern World (University of Washington Press; German edition, 1992). His major work is Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism (Oxford UP, 1988; paperback edition, 1990; reprint, Wayne State UP, 1994), which won the National Jewish Book Award in the area of Jewish history for 1988. It appeared in a Hebrew edition in Israel in 1989 and a German edition in 2000. Earlier he published The Origins of the Modern Jew: Jewish Identity and European Culture in Germany, 1749-1824 (Wayne State UP, 1967; paperback edition, 1972; Hebrew edition, 1990; German edition, 1994), which won the Jewish Book Award for the best book on Jewish thought in 1967 and the annual Hilberry Prize for the best book published by Wayne State University Press. He also edited and introduced Ideas of Jewish History (Behrman House, 1974; reprint, Wayne State UP, 1987). This book and Response to Modernity were selected by Choice—a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries—as among the “outstanding academic books” of 1974/75 and 1988/89 respectively. Meyer’s articles and longer reviews in the field of modern Jewish intellectual and religious history number about two hundred. A collection of his essays, Judaism Within Modernity, was published by Wayne State UP in 2001. That same year he published, together with W. Gunther Plaut, The Reform Judaism Reader: North American Documents (UAHC Press), and in 2003 a large volume of mostly unpublished letters and essays by Leo Baeck.

From 1978 to 1980 Professor Meyer was president of the Association for Jewish Studies (the American professional society of Judaica scholars). He is currently international president of the Leo Baeck Institute, a scholarly organization devoted to the historical study of German Jewry that has branches in Jerusalem, New York and London. He also chairs the Publications Committee of the Hebrew Union College Press, is a fellow and executive committee member of the American Academy for Jewish Research, chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York, and academic chair of the Think Tank of the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

In 1996 Professor Meyer won the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Scholarship Award in Historical Studies for major influence on colleagues and students in his field. In 1997 he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in the summer of 2000 a guest professor at the Aby Warburg House in Hamburg, and in 2001 received an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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