Biographies of Conference Speakers




   Joel Kraemer

Joel Kraemer is John Henry Barrows Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has written on the transmission of the intellectual heritage of Greek antiquity to the world of Islamicate civilization, in Humanism in the Renaissance of Islam and Philosophy in the Renaissance of Islam. His more recent interests concern the interplay of cultural and religious themes within Islam and Judaism. He is currently engaged in research on Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts in the documentary portion of the Cairo Geniza. He has been investigating Maimonidesí life and works in their Islamic context, and has edited Perspectives on Maimonides: Philosophical and Historical Studies. Professor Kraemer is also preparing a collection of Maimonidesí letters for a volume in the Yale Judaica Series and a volume of womenís letters from the Cairo Geniza.


 Sherwin P. Nuland

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, FACS is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He serves on the executive committees of Yale's Whitney Humanities Center and its Interdisciplinary Bioethics Forum. After contributing to the literature of clinical research, surgery and medical history, Dr. Nuland wrote his first book for the general reader, Doctors: The Biography of Medicine (Alfred A. Knopf, 1988), the story of medicine told in the form of biographies of 14 of its most prominent contributors. Since then, he has written for The New Yorker, Time Life, National Geographic, Discover, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and several other periodicals. In 1994, Dr. Nuland published How We Die, (Alfred A. Knopf), which was on the New York Times best-seller list for 34 weeks and was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. Other books written by him include How We Live (Alfred A. Knopf, 1997), Leonardo Da Vinci (Lipper/Viking, 2002) and most recently Lost in America: A Journey with My Father (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003). He is currently working on a biography of Moses Maimonides which will be published next winter.

  Daniel Lasker

Daniel J. Lasker is Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, where he teaches medieval Jewish philosophy in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought. Prof. Lasker holds three degrees from Brandeis University and also studied at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In 2004-2005, he will be the Horace W. Goldsmith Visiting Professor at Yale (a position he held in 1997 as well). In addition, he has taught at Princeton, University of Toronto, Ohio State University, University of Texas, University of Washington, and other institutions of higher learning in the United States. In Spring, 2005, Prof. Lasker will also be the Dean Ernest Schwarcz Eminent Visiting Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Queens College of the City University of New York. Professor Lasker is the author of four books and over a hundred fifty other publications in the fields of Jewish philosophy and theology, the Jewish-Christian debate, Karaism, the Jewish calendar, and Judaism and modern medicine. He has lectured widely at universities and synagogues throughout North America, as well as at professional conferences on five continents. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies, of which he is a board member


  Menachem Kellner

Menachem Kellner, the Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at the University of Haifa. Kellner has also taught philosophy at Washington University, religious studies at the College of William and Mary and at the University of Virginia and medieval and modern Jewish philosophy at the University of Haifa. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne and at Northwestern University. In addition to his teaching and research responsiblities in Haifa University's Department of Jewish History and Thought, Menachem Kellner has served as Chair of the University's Department of Maritime Civilizations, a unique inter-disciplinary graduate program in maritime archeology and history (1988-91), and as Dean of Students (1994-97). A prolific author, his publications include: Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought (Oxford 1986; Hebrew translation Jerusalem, 1991), Maimonides on Human Perfection (Atlanta, 1990), Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People (Albany,1992). He was also editor of Human Freedom and Moral Responsibility: General and Jewish Pespectives (with Charles Manekin; College Park, 1997), and of Gersonides' Commentary on Song of Songs (New Haven, 1998). He is currently preparing a translation of Maimonides' Book of Love for the Yale Judaica Series.


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