Cantor to Speak on ‘Judaism: Mythology, Mysticism and Anti-Semitism’

Aviva CantorAs part of this year’s Global Initiative Project, Beyond Mythology, Aviva Cantor, a nationally-renowned journalist raised in the East Bronx, NY, will visit the Ferris State University Big Rapids campus from Thursday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 15.

Cantor, an author, educator and activist, is described as “The great synthesizer, bringing together Jewish feminism, Zionism, socialism, animal rights and concern for the environment” by Amy F.J. Stone, co-founder and editor of the independent Jewish feminist publication, Lilith, and author of the Egalitarian Hagada.

This campus lecture is being hosted by the Circle of Tribal Nations. This five-day Ferris visit is funded by a faculty-staff diversity mini-grant from the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Other support for the lecture is from the Office of International Education, Faculty Center for the Teaching and Learning, the Humanities Department, and the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism. The goal for this project is to replace stereotypes and myths about Jewish culture and people with factual experiences for the Ferris community.

Cantor will speak on campus from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in College of Business, Room 111, and later that day from 3 to 5 p.m., off campus, at Great Lakes Bookstore where she will sign copies of her book, "Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life." On Tuesday, April 15, Cantor will conduct a Passover Seder (by invitation only) to help our community understand authentic Jewish culture, including their celebrations of Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact faculty members Barry Mehler or Scott Herron. Mehler can be reached at BarryMehler@ferris.edu while Herron can be reached at ScottHerron@ferris.edu.

Last updated: 07-14-2014