VCU professor Dr. Jack D. Spiro will give the 27th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture, titled “Jerusalem: A Tale of Three Cities,” on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue. Dr. Spiro will investigate memories, practices, literary sources, values and beliefs to uncover the diverse meanings of Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in addition to shedding light on the controversial issue of Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel. A public reception will be held immediately following the lecture. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Dr. Jack D. Spiro holds the Harry Lyons Distinguished Chair in Judaic Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also director of the VCU Center for Judaic Studies and editor of its online publication, Menorah Review. He has earned two doctorates from the Hebrew Union College and the University of Virginia. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 30 books and written numerous articles.
The event is sponsored by the VCU Friends of the Library, the VCU Center for Judaic Studies, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, the Richmond Jewish Foundation and the Weinstein JCC. It is free and open to the public, but because seating is limited, registration is required. For details and registration, please see the event website: http://www.library.vcu.edu/events/blyons/. For special accommodations or to register offline, please call (804) 827-1165 or (804) 828-0593 prior to March 27. Event parking is available for a fee in the West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.