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RELIGION -- 2013 Thulin Lecture in Religion - Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor of Law, Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel: "On the Needs of the Poor: A Talmudic Perspective on Charity and Dignity"
Moshe Halbertal is the Gruss Professor at NYU Law School and Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University, and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1989, and from 1988-1992 he was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Moshe Halbertal served as a visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of the books "Idolatry" (co authored with Avishai Margalit) and "People of the Book: Canon, Meaning and Authority," both published by Harvard University Press. He is as well the author of "Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Tradition and Its Philosophical Implications," published by Princeton university Press. He is as well the author of the books "Interpretative Revolutions in the Making," and "Between Torah and Wisdom: R. Menachem ha-Meiri and The Maimonidean Halakhists in Provence," both published in Hebrew by Magnes Press. His latest book published in Hebrew is "By Way of Truth: Nahmanides and the Creation of Tradition." Marjorie Hall Thulin (1910-2009) graduated from the University of Illinois in 1931. She enjoyed a successful career in advertising. She also published poetry and children's literature, and edited a book on the history of Glencoe, Ill., where she was a longtime resident and active community member. Mrs. Thulin's desire for students to understand how religion grows and functions in a complex society, especially Christianity in American society, led her to endow a fund that makes it possible for an internationally known scholar of religion and contemporary culture to be resident on the Champaign-Urbana campus for several days each academic year. One of the main duties of the Marjorie Hall Thulin Scholar of Religion and Contemporary Culture is to deliver the annual Thulin lecture, which is a major public event on campus. In 2009 Mrs. Thulin's friends and admirers at the university established in her honor two new undergraduate awards: the Marjorie Hall Thulin Prize for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Marjorie Hall Thulin Scholarships for Study Abroad and for Student Research in Religion.