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Dr. Richard Freund to Speak on Cave of Letters
and Jerusalem at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 2

RELEASED: Oct. 23, 2006

Dr. Richard Freund
Dr. Richard Freund

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Richard Freund, director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Thursday, Nov. 2, to speak on several topics relating to his research.

An afternoon presentation will focus on Freund's research in Israel's Cave of Letters, which was featured in the NOVA program "Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" that first aired Nov. 23, 2004.

Freund's evening talk, "Jerusalem of the Jews, Christians and Muslims," will cover the more than 4000-year history of the city that has numerous holy sites in relatively the same locations. He will include information from the more than 1000 archaeological expeditions over the past 200 years that have explored these sites as well.

UW-Eau Claire geography professor Dr. Harry Jol and a number of UW-Eau Claire geography students have assisted with Freund's research over the past several years by employing ground-penetrating radar to help locate artifacts at some of the sites Freund has investigated.

An interview that Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathy Stahl did with Freund will air on the "Spectrum West" program on 88.3 WHWC sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

A screening of the NOVA program "Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" is tentatively scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in Room 265 of Phillips Hall at UW-Eau Claire. This is the documentary on which Freund's Nov. 2 afternoon talk, "Secrets of the Cave of Letters," is based.

Freund is also director of the Bethsaida Archaeological Excavations Project. He is co-authoring, with University of Nebraska at Omaha professor Rami Arav, "Bethsaida: A City by the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee." Featured in National Geographic and other publications, Freund's excavations, filmed by public television, now regularly appear on the History Channel. An ordained rabbi, Freund holds doctoral and master's degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His research interests include the archaeology of the land of Israel, Biblical studies, and Jewish ethics and philosophy.

Following is the schedule for Freund's Nov. 2 visit to UW-Eau Claire:

  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. — Opening reception for the exhibit "Burials, Baths, and Beyond: Archaeological Sites from Israel and Spain," in the Grand Corridor of McIntyre Library. Comments by Freund and interim director of libraries Chris Cox at 3 p.m. Exhibit on loan from the University of Hartford Art School.
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Talk: "Secrets of the Cave of Letters: Rediscovering A Dead Sea Mystery," in Room 219 of Phillips Science Hall. Visit the Web site about Freund's book of the same name.
  • 7 p.m. — Talk: "Jerusalem of the Jews, Christians and Muslims," Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall. Thirty minute talk (7:30 p.m. break for those who want to go to The Forum series presentation) followed by a question and answer period.

Co-sponsors of the event include the departments of geography and anthropology, history, philosophy and religious studies, foreign languages, and geology, as well as the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Earth Science Seminar Series, UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, and the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion.

For more information, contact Jol at 715-836-3472 or jolhm@uwec.edu.

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