A religious studies professor will discuss Jerusalem in Oak Ridge on Tuesday.
Erin Darby is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Tennessee. Her presentation on Tuesday is titled “Understanding Jerusalem: The Holy City and Why It Matters.” It will introduce attendees to the modern history of Jerusalem and explain the city’s political, cultural, and religious significance, including its role in regional and international conflict, a press release said.
Darby is the speaker at Lunch with the League on Tuesday, January 16. The meeting will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, which is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Darby is also co-director of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan, and she leads the UT Dig Jordan study abroad program, the press release said. An expert in the archaeology and texts of the Middle East, she has traveled extensively in the region, conducting research in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, and Syria.
Darby is a founding member of the Partnership for the Academic Study of Early Judaism, the East Tennessee Hebrew Reading Group, the Annual Arab Fest Cultural Fair, and the Tennessee Initiative for Middle Eastern Studies, the press release said.
Lunch with the League is a public service program open to the community. Membership in the League of Women Voters is not required, and there is no cost to attend.
The presentation will begin at noon Tuesday. Lunches are provided by the Soup Kitchen and are available at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come basis for $8, or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.
The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, a nonpartisan political organization for men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy, the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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