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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2004
CONTACT: Tom McLaughlin
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)
E-mail: tmclaugh@kean.edu

Kean University Presents Symposium on Mel Gibson's The Passion

UNION, N.J. – The sixth annual Jewish Studies Series at Kean University continues with an intensive and provocative seminar titled Mel Gibson’s The Passion: A Symposium on Wednesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the Kean Hall Conference Room, located on the University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

Prior to its nationwide release on February 25, Gibson’s new film on the crucifixion has stirred heated controversy for its depiction of Jews and the rejection of Vatican II Council reforms, as well as garner praise for its vivid account of the last 12 hours in the life of Christ. Moderated by film critic Eric Goldman, this seminar will feature three distinguished writers on hand to discuss the film’s political and religious implications: David Denby, film critic for The New Yorker; James Shapiro, author of Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play; and Margaret Steinfels, editor of Commonweal Magazine, an independent biweekly journal published by Roman Catholic lay people.

The symposium is sponsored by the Jewish Studies and World Affairs program at Kean University, the only program of its kind in New Jersey designed to stimulate inquiry into Jewish cultural interaction with the world at large.

The fee is $10 per person. To purchase tickets, please call the Kean University Foundation at (908) 737-3340.

For further information regarding Kean’s Jewish Studies Program, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at (908) 737-4256. Sign language interpreter service and additional accommodations for the disabled will be available upon request by calling the Office of Human Resources at (908) 737-3300.