The Straus Center at Yeshiva University, a JMC partner program, hosted James Diamond to speak on Aristotle, Maimonides, and how these two thinkers—one ancient, and one medieval—can enrich our political-ethical discourse.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
James Diamond holds the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo. He earned an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School; an LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law, and, while practicing civil litigation, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish Thought from the University of Toronto. He was the international director of the Friedberg Genizah Project. His books, Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment, and Converts, Heretics, and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider, garnered Canadian Jewish book awards; the later a Jordan Schnitzer Notable Selection Prize. He has published widely on Jewish thought from the Bible to Maimonides to R. Kook.
The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow. The education and guidance our students receive allow them to impact the realms of ideas, politics, journalism, and public affairs at a time when both the West and Judaism find themselves at critical junctures.
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