On December 8, 2016, Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies Department hosted a book launch for In the Shadow of Moses. Visiting guest scholars, Marla Brettschneider and Len Lyons, joined Political Science Professor William Miles, students, and other faculty for refreshments and conversation about religious movements and emerging Jewish communities in Africa.
About the speakers:
Marla Brettschneider (“A Matrix of Jewish Phenomena in Sub-Saharan Africa: Côte d’lvoire and Gabon” is Professor of Political Philosophy with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She served as Coordinator for WS for ten years and currently chairs PS. Her most recent book is The Jewish Phenomenon in Sub-Saharan Africa. This book was honored by being the focus of the closing session of the 2016 inaugural Afro-Jewish Studies Association conference. Brettschneider has published widely on Jewish diversity politics.
Len Lyons (“Building Bridges: Ethiopian Israelis Take a Second Look at Ethiopia”) an independent researcher and writer, received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University. He taught at the University of Santa Clara but left academia to write full time. He is the author of The Ethiopian Jews of Israel: Personal Stories of Life in the Promised Land (2007) and numerous articles about their evolving story in the Journal of African Religions, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, the Jewish Review of Books, and other publications.
William F.S. Miles (“African Judaism and New Religious Movements: Repainting the ‘White House’ of Judaism”; co-editor of book) is Professor of Political Science and former Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. His recent books include Afro-Jewish Encounters from Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond (2014) and Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey (a 2013 National Jewish Book Award finalist). Previous books include My African Horse Problem (2008) and Zion in the Desert. American Jews in Israel’s Reform Kibbutzim (a 2007 National Jewish Book Award finalist).