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4/17/13: Shalom Sabar gives USU Fife Honor Lecture
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4/15/2013 at 3:08:24 PM GMT
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4/17/13: Shalom Sabar gives USU Fife Honor Lecture

The 32nd annual Fife Honor Lecture, saluting the pioneering work of local folklorists Austin and Alta Fife and hosted by the Utah State University Folklore Program, will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11:30 p.m. in the Haight Alumni House.  This year Professor Shalom Sabar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on "The Sacrifice of Isaac in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art."  The public is invited and attendance is free.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Shalom Sabar is a Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Born in the neo-Aramaic speaking Kurdish-Jewish community of Zakho, Iraq, Professor Sabar earned his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA , writing on the illustrated marriage contracts of the Jews in Renaissance and Baroque Italy.  He is one of the foremost experts in the world on the beautiful folk tradition of illustrated marriage contracts ("ketubbot").  

His research unites the disciplines of art history and folklore. It highlights issues pertaining to the folk nature of Jewish art and Jewish material culture, visual materials and objects associated with rituals in the life and year cycles, and the evidence these materials provide about the relationships between the Jewish minorities and the societies that hosted them in Christian Europe and the Islamic East.  

Among his many books are: Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum and Klau Library (1990); Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage Contracts from the Israel Museum Collection, Jerusalem (1994); Jerusalem - Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art (with Dan Bahat; 1997), and The Life Cycle [of the Jews in the Lands of Islam] (2006).  

Professor Sabar is a visiting professor at the University of Washington this year and lectures widely in universities, museums, and public institutions in Israel, Europe and the United States. He also guides traveling seminars to Jewish sites in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.  

The Fife Honor Lecture is sponsored by the Folklore Program, the Department of English Speaker Series, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

For more information, please contact Steve Siporin ( or 797-2722).

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