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For Immediate Release: February 28, 2014

Providence College Presents Lecture and Colloquium Series on Jewish-Christian Relations

Providence, R.I. – Providence College will host two prominent scholars on Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7 for the lecture and colloquium series, Theological Exchange Between Catholics & Jews entitled, “Images of God: Jewish and Catholic Perspectives.”

The pair of events will be held in memory of Lorne Rozovsky, husband of Fay Rozovsky -- former President of the PC Alumni Association. Both were among the first supporters of the program and Lorne passed away last summer after a battle with cancer.

Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, the Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, the Crown Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies also at Catholic Theological Union, will host a public dialogue on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aquinas Lounge, on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The pair will lead a colloquium on Friday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Harkins Hall (Barnini Room), on campus. This event will consist of an in-depth workshop with Sr. Bergant, Rabbi Sandmel, and PC faculty, students, local Jewish and Christian clergy to discuss scholarship on the topic and interreligious approaches. (Space for the colloquium is limited, but can be reserved by contacting the College's Theology department at 401-865-2274.)

Bergant was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-1) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today. She was a member of the editorial board of that magazine for twenty-five years, five of those years she served as the magazine’s general editor. From 2002 through 2005, Bergant wrote the weekly column "The Word" for America magazine. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology, and feminism. She received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wis.; a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University.




Sandmel serves as Senior Advisor on Interreligious Affairs to the Religious Action Center and Adjunct Faculty at the Union for Reform Judaism. From 1998-2001, he was the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore. There, he directed the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative to promote a new discussion within the Jewish community and between Jews and Christians about the differences and similarities between the two traditions. He is the co-editor of Christianity in Jewish Terms (Westview, 2000), to which he has also contributed an essay.  In addition, he is the lead editor of Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians (Westview Press, 2001), a study and discussion guide that focuses on core theological issues on the boundary between Judaism and Christianity. Sandmel received a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Ohio State University and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied the history and literature of Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman world.

These events are sponsored by the College’s Department of Theology and the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. For more information, contact Mary Garvey at (401) 865-2274 or


​​Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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