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Dr. Monika Rice Joins Select Group of Academics in NYC  

Monika RiceThe Department of Catholic Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Monika Rice, Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies and Jewish-Christian Studies, was recently invited to join a select group of academics to participate in the Faculty Crash Course, "Israel: Balance and Complexity." This intensive four day seminar, held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in Manhattan January 11-14, 2016, was organized by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University in collaboration with the Jewish Community Relations Council, New York (JCRC-NY).

The Crash Course on Israel was an adaptation of the Schusterman Center's Summer Institute for Israel Studies, which has been in existence for the past 11 years. They have trained faculty around the world to teach courses they have developed on the modern State of Israel. The Schusterman Center has gone on to create shorter such programs, geared to specific audiences; from short-term institutes in China and India, to continuing professional education opportunities for secondary school educators.

"I am grateful for being selected to attend the Faculty Crash course as it offered me a remarkable opportunity to learn from various leading Israel Studies faculty and granted me access to a multitude of quality resource materials," said Dr. Rice. "I look forward to incorporating these lessons and data into my courses and latest research."

About Dr. Rice
Monika Rice, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies and Jewish-Christian Studies in the Department of Catholic Studies. A specialist in Holocaust studies, Catholic-Jewish and Polish-Jewish relations and the history of Polish Jews, Dr. Rice earned her Ph.D. in Near-Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and her M.A. and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland.

Dr. Rice teaches the courses Modern Women of Faith and the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue on the Holocaust: A Catholic Perspective. The former course is cross-listed in the undergraduate Women and Gender Studies Program and the latter is cross-listed in the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. Dr. Rice has also helped develop the upcoming study abroad course, The Catholic Church and Jews in Poland.

To learn more about the Department of Catholic Studies and/or Dr. Monika Rice's research, please contact Dr. Ines Murzaku at or (973) 275-5845.

About the Department of Catholic Studies
The Department of Catholic Studies was established at Seton Hall University in 2012 during the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. In December 2013 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University to commemorate the founding of the Department of Catholic Studies program, making Seton Hall the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.

The Department of Catholic Studies fosters Seton Hall University's Catholic identity and mission, globally promotes Catholic thought and culture through its publications and lecture series and prepares students to become servant leaders through its academic and study abroad programs. These programs are led by faculty who explore Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage across a variety of disciplines including history, modern Catholicism, philosophy, theology, social service, art, music and literature. Moreover, the Catholic Studies undergraduate program offers a custom-built curriculum that affords students the opportunity to major, double major, minor, double minor or earn a certificate in Catholic Studies. For more information, click here»

Categories: Faith and Service , Nation and World , Research

For more information, please contact:

  • Ines Murzaku
  • (973) 275-5845
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