Challenge to Faith in the 21st Century to be Topic of Rabbi Sacks McDermott Lecture
The 2014 McDermott Lecturer is Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, emeritus chief rabbi of
the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. His May 1 public lecture is titled
"To Heal a Fractured World: The Challenge to Faith in the 21st Century."
Rabbi Sacks' talk is presented by the University of Dallas in cooperation with the
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Center for Jewish Education of
the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Rabbi Sacks will speak at the Dallas City
Performance Hall on May 1 at 7 p.m.
On April 30, Rabbi Sacks will deliver a private lecture to the UD community: "The
Future of Faith: The Judeo Christian Ethic in the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. in Lynch
Auditorium. The event is only open to UD students, faculty and staff. Admission is
A global religious leader, philosopher, renowned speaker and moral voice for our time,
Rabbi Sacks is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor
of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University
Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University.
From 1991 to 2013, Rabbi Sacks served as chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations
of the Commonwealth. A frequent contributor to radio, television and the press in
Britain and around the world, Rabbi Sacks holds 16 honorary degrees and has authored
more than two dozen books. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made
a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords, in October 2009.
The May 1 event is open to the public, and general admission tickets are $18 each.
Student and educator tickets are available for $5 each with a valid school ID. Tickets
may be purchased at udallas.edu/mcdermottlecture, www.dallasinstitute.org/2014-eugene-mcdermott-lecture or by calling 972.721.5226.
Rabbi Sacks is speaking as part of the University of Dallas' Eugene McDermott Lecture
Series, which was established 40 years ago in honor of the late scientist and civic
leader. The prestigious annual lecture has featured important writers, artists, philosophers
and educators including Derek Walcott, Mortimer Adler, Maya Lin, Jacques Barzun, Bruce
Cole, Paul Goldberger, Leon Kass, Mark Helprin and Francis Fukuyama.
The lecture is made possible by a gift from Margaret McDermott and is inspired by
Louise Cowan, a former University of Dallas English Department chair, dean of the
university's Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and a co-founder of the Dallas