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"The Cosmopolitan Neighborhood: Political Theological Models for Living in an Open World"
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 5:00pm

Kenneth Reinhard, University of California Los Angeles

What does the simultaneously political and theological imperative to "love thy neighbor" suggest to us in the challenging contemporary era of globalization? What philosophical and ethical trajectories can be drawn from the ancient injunction of the Book of Leviticus to the arena of the international community?

The lecture is part of the "Trajectories of Cosmopolitanism" series sponsored by the Portland Center for Public Humanities at PSU.

When:  Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Where:  Smith Memorial Student Union, room 228 (MulticulturalCenter)
Time:  5:00 pm

Background:

Kenneth Reinhard is a Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A prominent scholar of early modern English literature, psychoanalysis, Judaism and philosophy, he is the author, with Slavoj Zizek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (U. of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993), as well as articles on Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible. He has edited a special issue of Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonialism on Religion with Julia Reinhard Lupton. Currently he is writing a book on the ethics of the neighbor in religion (Torah, Talmud, and Patristic writings), philosophy (Kant, Kierkegaard, Adorno, Rosenzweig, and Levinas), and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan) for Princeton University Press.