Edward Kaplan, Brandeis scholar, to give Jan. 7 lecture on interfaith understanding
Edward K. Kaplan, Kaiserman professor in the humanities at Brandeis University, will be the featured speaker at the January meeting of the Thomas Merton Society Interfaith Chapter of Southern Delaware.
Kaplan is a leading expert on the interfaith work of Thomas Merton, the ground-breaking Trappist monk, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, the world-renowned Judaism scholar. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, at St Edmond Catholic Church's Education Hall, 407 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The program is open to the community at no charge.
Kaplan’s lecture will focus on the rich personal and intellectual friendship between Merton and Heschel. A discussion will follow Kaplan’s address.
In spring 2012, Kaplan taught a seminar on Heschel and Merton at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A decade earlier, he organized and chaired the Merton and Judaism conference held at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Louisville, Ky. He is a frequent speaker and writer on interfaith understanding and dialogue at meetings and in publications of the International Thomas Merton Society.