Law Professor to Discuss Jewish Tradition and American Civil Rights

CONWAY, Ark. (March 5, 2013) - Michael Broyde will present "Jewish Tradition and American Civil Rights: An Explanation of the Theory" on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Mills A at Hendrix College.

Broyde's appearance is supported by the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation's Ben J. Altheimer Lecture on Judaism and Civil Rights. The annual lecture is intended to highlight the role of Jews and/or Judaism in the pursuit of civil rights.

Rabbi Michael Broyde is Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University. He is a Yadin Yadin musmach of Rabii Isaac Elchanan Theologicla Seminary and a graduate of the New York University School of Law. Rabbi Broyde served as Director of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America, from 1997 to 1998.

Broyde's areas of interests include law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, comparative religious law, and Jewish law and family law. He has written five books and more than 75 articles, covering a wide range of topics in secular and Jewish law and thought.

The event, hosted by the Department of Religious Studies, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Frank Cox at 501-450-1450 or cox@hendrix.edu.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.