The Gershom Lecture Series on Judaism & Christianity

Beyond Vatican II: The Catholic Church and Judaism in the 21st Century

October 7-9, 2015

The Gershom Lecture Series and other on-campus events in service of Jewish-Christian understanding are made possible by the generous gift of Rabbi Bob Chenoweth and his wife Susan to the college.

This year's lecture series focuses on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a statement of the Second Vatican Council on the Roman church's relationship with non-Christian religions. A series of four discussions will explore how the statement transformed the Catholic view of Jewish people and their traditions.


Dr. Mark Kinzer, author of Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People, and the Identity of the Church (Cascade Books, 2015).

Fr. Jean-Miguel Garrigues of Toulouse, France, one of France's most respected Catholic theologians and collaborator with Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in the composition of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Dr. Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame.


The Gershom Lecture Series is open to Hillsdale College students, faculty, and staff, and the general public.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 7:00 PM Dr. Mark S. Kinzer
Thursday, Oct. 8 4:00 PM Professor Gary A. Anderson
Thursday, Oct. 8 7:00 PM Fr. Jean-Miguel Garrigues, O.P
Thursday, Oct. 8 8:00 PM Public reception, Dow Center, Upper Lounge
Friday, Oct. 9 4:00 PM Panel discussion among the presenters




Religion Major

Department of Philosophy & Religion

The courses in religion are designed to ground students in the history, philosophy, theology and ethics of the Judeo-Christian tradition and to expose them to non-Christian religious thought. Ultimately, they aim to provide the intellectual tools necessary to study, interpret and critically evaluate religious beliefs and then to integrate these both intellectually and personally. Learn more ...