Thurber Lectures

Chip Dobbs-Allsopp — Thurber Lecture

Divine Lines: Walt Whitman and the King James Bible
Thursday 27 April in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Chip Dobbs-AllsoppDr. Chip Dobbs-Allsopp is a Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. Chip will be joining us here at The American Church in Paris to explore how the poetry of Walt Whitman was influenced by the language, stories and rhythm of the King James Bible.

Dr. Dobbs-Allsopp holds an MDiv from the Seminary and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. His research and teaching interests include Hebrew poetry (especially Lamentations, Song of Songs, Psalms), integration of literary and historical methods of interpretation, postmodern thought and theology, Semitic languages and linguistics, and comparative study of Old Testament literature within its ancient Near Eastern context. He is currently at work on a monograph-length study of biblical poetry, provisionally entitled, Beyond Parallelism: Line, Rhythm, and the Reading of Biblical Poetry (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Join us on Thursday 27 April for dinner and lecture starting at 19h.

Thurber Lectures is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Rabbi Tom Cohen — Thurber Lecture

Shalom: Judaism and Peace
Wednesday 17 May in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Rabbi Tom Cohen Rabbi Tom Cohen serves Kehilat Gesher, the only progressive, bilingual synagogue in the Paris region, offering all services in English, French, and Hebrew. Founded over twenty years ago, the congregation includes over 170 families and welcomes some 450 individuals for its annual High Holy Day services.

Rabbi Tom Cohen was born in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. He became interested in religious philosophy and Judaism while he was studying at Portland State University and pursued his studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies, he decided to become a rabbi. For the next six years, he continued his education in Los Angeles where he received another degree in Hebrew Literature, in Jerusalem, and finally, in New York City, where he completed his Master in Hebrew Literature. In 1991 he was ordained under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary and has been Rabbi of Kehilat Gesher since 1993.

Join us on Wednesday 17 May for dinner and lecture starting at 19h.

Thurber Lectures is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.