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Professor of the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley
Alter, who has taught at Berkeley since 1967, will deliver an address on the topic , “The Challenge of Translating the Bible,” on Monday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall.
Alter’s completed translation of the Hebrew Bible with commentary was published in 2018 in a three-volume set. In 2019, he published The Art of Bible Translation, adding to his other publications over the past three decades, which have included Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), Imagined Cities (2005), Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (2010), and Nabokov and the Real World (2021). Alter has published 28 books in all, including two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and the Five Books of Moses. He has written extensively on the literary aspects of the Bible.
In 1974, the university established the Eugene McDermott Lectureship, an endowed lecture series created in honor of Eugene McDermott, the late scientist, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist. It was established on behalf of Mrs. and Mr. Eugene McDermott in 1974 to honor Donald and Louise Cowan's vision and leadership at the University of Dallas and the city. Beginning with the venerable historian Jacques Barzun, the McDermott Lectureship continues to bring notable public intellectuals to the University for short courses and seminars.
|1975||Herbert Marshall McLuhan|
|1976||Hans Georg Gadamer|
|1978||Christian Norberg-Schulz & Edmund Bacon|
|1982||J. Carter Brown|
|1983||Paul Weiss & Stanley I. Jaki|
|1984||Seymour Slive & Harvey C. Manfield, Jr.|
|1985||Steven Jay Gould, Douglas Hofstader, Stephen Toulmin, Steven Weinberg|
|1986||Walter Ong, S.J., Horton Foote, Donald W. Seldin, Frank E. Vandiver|
|1987||Errol E. Harris|
|1988||Allan Bloom, Donald A. Cowan, Louise S. Cowan, Paul Johnson|
|1989||David Tracy & Yehudi Menuhin|
|1991||Stanley H. Rosen & Weiming Lu|
|1992||Eva T.H. Brann|
|1993||Leon Kass & Oliver Bernier|
|1995||Robert Sokolowski & Paul Goldberger|
|1999||Francis Cardinal Arinze|
|2014||Rabbi Jonathan Sacks|
|2015||Nostra Aetate: Bishop Brian Farrell & Rabbi David Rosen|
|2016||General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)|
|2018||Ross Douthat & Austen Ivereigh, moderated by John Allen Jr.|
Reading Signs of Time in our Days
March 29, 2017
The 2017 Eugene McDermott Lecture by Krzysztof Zanussi
Three Visions of Excellence
Louise Cowan, Leo Strauss, & Jacob Klein on Liberal Education
March 22, 2012
A lecture by Dr. Christopher Lynch of Carthage College
The Pleasures of Philosophizing & its Moral Foundations
March 15, 2012
The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA), along with the Politics and Philosophy Departments and the Dean of the Braniff Graduate School, are honored to welcome James Carey to give the BGSA second annual lecture.
Ancients and Moderns: Did Leo Strauss Exaggerate the break?
A Politics Faculty Roundtable, featuring Leo Paul de Alvarez, Jonathan Culp, Richard Dougherty, Tiffany Jones Miller, and Thomas G. West, discuss whether Leo Strauss exaggerated the break between Ancient and Modern thinkers.
Aristophanes' Critique of the Gods
March 18, 2011
Wayne Ambler of the University of Colorado at Boulder explores Aristophanes’ hilariously radical, but yet not atheistic, critique of the gods in three of Aristophanes' comedies—Peace, Wealth, and especially Birds—which feature mortal heroes who find fault with Zeus, challenge his authority, and even prove victorious over him.
The Poetic Imagination & Education: The Continuing Influence of Louise S. Cowan
March 22-23, 2007
Alumni of the IPS gather along with its founder, Dr. Louise S. Cowan, to articulate the centrality of imagination to their various disciplines in the pursuit and expression of wisdom. Includes a major address by Dr. Cowan.
Through the McDermott Lectureship, the University of Dallas and the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts hosts exceptional guest lecturers and distinguished faculty members on thought-provoking topics within the Western tradition. Prominent scholars have spoken on Homer, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Plato, Dante, St. Thomas Aquinas, Locke, Tocqueville and Leo Strauss, to name a few.