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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

2009 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 2009


Ruth W. Messinger

American Jewish World Service

30 September 2009

"Global Vision: Opening our Eyes to Injustice"
8:00 p.m.
USC Law School Auditorium
*Free and Open to the Public*


"Global Hunger: Its Causes and Solutions"
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Lumpkin Auditorium, 8th Floor
Moore School of Business
*Free and Open to the Public*


Edward R. Carr
Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina


Rabbi Jonathan Case
Congregation Beth Shalom, Columbia, S.C.


Edward A. Frongillo Jr.
Professor of Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior,
University of South Carolina


Stephen Kresovich
Professor of Plant Science, and
Vice President for Research and Graduate Education,
University of South Carolina


Ruth W. Messinger
President, American Jewish World Service


John H. Rashford
Professor of Anthropology, College of Charleston


Stanley Dubinsky, Director
Jewish Studies, University of South Carolina


Lecture Description:
Speaking of her own experiences in the developing world, Ruth will propose how American Jews, who enjoy greater affluence and influence than ever before, can do their part to alleviate poverty, hunger, violence, disease and oppression. Sharing the words of dedicated Jews from communities across the United States – college and rabbinical students, community leaders and skilled professionals – she will tell of the enormous transformative impact volunteering and advocacy can make in the modern era.


Ruth W. Messinger, Guest Lecturer: 
Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an organization that works to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world through support of grassroots social-change projects, and through policy advocacy, volunteer service and education about global justice within the Jewish community. Messinger assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. She has been among leading anti-genocide, peace and human rights advocates called upon to advise President Obama, and was recently appointed to the newly formed White House Task Force on Global Poverty.

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