April 7, 2014 Lecture- Celebrating Marriage in Jewish Art: Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives

The Honors College, in collaboration with The Friends of Bracken Library and The Zeigler Committee for Jewish Studies, invites you to attend an illustrated talk by Sharon Liberman Mintz. The lecture will be held in Arts & Journalism Room 175 on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. This lecture was previously scheduled for March 3 and cancelled due to weather.

Sharon Liberman Mintz is curator of graphics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and senior consultant on Judaica at Sotheby’s. Her lecture is titled Celebrating Marriage in Jewish Art: Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives. The celebration of Jewish marriage in the medieval period is visually recorded in a selection of magnificent Hebrew manuscripts which document the customs of European Jewry. Complementing the medieval perspective, in the Early Modern era, the practice of decorated and illustrated ketubbot (Jewish marriage contracts) provides a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. They offer a fascinating look at the lives of individual couples, varied marriage customs, and the spread of artistic styles through commerce and trade.

Free parking is available after 7:00 p.m. in the Emens parking Garage.

The Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Honors Memorial Lecture was first presented in 2002, funded by an endowment established in 1998 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Bruce F. Meyer and his wife, Ildiko. Dr. Meyer had been a member of the Ball State faculty since 1973 where he distinguished himself as a teacher, researcher, and architectural practitioner. In 1997 he was appointed Honors College Dean. As dean, he worked to increase quantity and quality of applicants for the four-year program through special courses, seminars and independent study for academically talented students. Dr. Meyer died in 1998. Ildiko B. Meyer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah and received her master’s degree in psychology from Ball State University; Ildiko, who died in 1999, had been a school psychologist for New Castle and Muncie Community Schools.

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