“Jewish Threads in Muslim Tapestry” at Museum of Anthropology

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will host a free lecture by art historian Ori Soltes of Georgetown University on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture titled “Jewish Threads in the Muslim Moroccan Tapestry: Jewish and Muslim Interactions in Morocco” is the third and final in a series offered with the exhibit, “Drinking from the Same Well: Jewish and Muslim Co-existence in Morocco.”

In his lecture, Soltes will present an analysis of how Judaism and Islam are mingled in Moroccan symbols and art and how they reflect the society’s system of morals and standards of conduct.

Soltes is the Hymen Goldman Lecturer in Jewish Studies in Georgetown’s theology department and adjunct lecturer in art history in the department of art, music and theatre. He is the former director and curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. He has published several dozen articles and essays and directed and narrated seven documentary videos, including “Tradition and Transformation,” a documentary on the definition of Jewish art.

The “Drinking from the Same Well” exhibit, which runs through Feb. 14, features photographs by Rose-Lynn Fisher of Los Angeles and 17 Moroccan artifacts. It is part of Wake Forest’s theme year, “Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic Community,” which is dedicated to exploring how free people with passionate interests and beliefs can communicate openly without turning dialogue into discord.

The lecture is supported by a grant from the Wake Forest Fund for Ethics and Leadership.

Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 336-758-5282.

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