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Baruch College's Jewish Studies Center Presents Lecture on Secular Judaism

NEW YORK, NY- September 14, 2012 The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College will present Are American Jews the Most Secular People on Earth?, a lecture presented by Jacques Berlinerblau at 6 p.m., October 15, in room 14-285 of the Newman Vertical Campus. Refreshments will be served.

Professor Berlinerblau is a Georgetown University professor and the Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the universitys Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Citing research from his new book, How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom, (Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Press) Berlinerblau will discuss the meaning of secularism, its differences from atheism, the history of secularism in America, how Secular Judaism came about, and the separation of church and state. Signed copies of his new book will be available for purchase.

Jacques Berlinerblau is the author of five books and has been featured in print, radio and television, including The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and Al-Jazeera. He has published on a wide variety of issues ranging from the composition of the Hebrew Bible, to the sociology of heresy, to modern Jewish intellectuals, to African-American and Jewish-American relations. Berlinerblau contributes regularly to a variety of media, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and

The Jewish Studies Center in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College reflects the legacy and heritage of the college, its tradition of educating New York City immigrants, its diverse population, and its special relationship to and place within Manhattan.

WHAT: Are American Jews the Most Secular People on Earth?, lecture presented by Georgetown University Professor Jacques Berlinerblau

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2012

WHERE: Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 14-285


About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 3 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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