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Geoffrey Levin to Deliver Altheimer Lecture on Judaism and Civil Rights Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Hendrix College

Discussion on related topics to follow Wednesday afternoon, March 1 

CONWAY, Arkansas (February 24, 2023)—Hendrix College welcomes Dr. Geoffrey P. Levin on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to deliver the 2023 Ben J. Altheimer Lecture on Judaism and Civil Rights. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Worsham Hall South, on the first floor of the Student Life and Technology Center (building 2 on the current campus map). This event is free and open to the public.

Levin’s appearance is supported by the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation, which sponsors the Altheimer Lectures. The bi-annual lecture is intended to highlight the role of Jews and/or Judaism in the pursuit of civil rights.

Levin’s lecture will explore the reality that for centuries, being Jewish automatically meant being a minority, but with Israel’s birth, that suddenly changed. After 1948, Israel’s control over a Palestinian minority led American Jews to grapple with new dilemmas.

The event is hosted by the College’s Marshall T. Steel Center for Religion and Philosophy. A reception will follow.

Levin will also lead the Steel Center’s Wednesday Afternoon Discussion at 4:10 p.m. March 1, in Ellis Hall (building 20 on the current campus map). As with the Altheimer Lecture, the Wednesday Afternoon Discussion is free and open to the public. The topic is Pluralism and Religion in Modern Israel.

About the Speaker

Geoffrey P. Levin holds a joint Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies/History from New York University. Since 2020, he has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, where this semester he is teaching a course on Middle Eastern Civilization and leading an advanced seminar on Israel/Palestine in World Politics. His previous work includes a postdoctoral fellowship in the Starr Fellows Program at the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies. Levin currently co-chairs the Israel Studies Division of the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS) and has been active for several years as a presenter and moderator at AJS conferences. His book in progress, Seeing Another People: American Jews, Palestinian Rights, and the Early U.S.-Israel Relationship (Yale University Press), is forthcoming in early 2024. 

For more information on the Altheimer Lecture or the Wednesday Afternoon Discussion, contact Dr. Jamie Dow,

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit