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Annual Symposium on Information and Religion

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Center for the Study of Information and Religion


Fall 2013 Symposium

Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Kent State Student Center ~ Room 317


Peter Haas

“The Ghost in the Machine:
How the Internet Is Changing How We Do Religion”

Peter Haas, Ph.D.

Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies
Chair, Department of Religious Studies; Director, Program in Judaic Studies
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland


Watch the recorded presentation.

Peter J. Haas received his Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Brown University in 1980. Prior to enrolling at Brown, he attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati where he was ordained as a Reform rabbi in 1974. He served on active duty as a U.S. Army chaplain for three years after ordination. He received his B.A. degree in Ancient Near East History in 1970 from the University of Michigan.

Haas joined the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University in 2000, after serving on the faculty in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University from 1980 to 1999. He has taught courses in Judaism, Jewish ethics, the Holocaust, and Western religion. He has published several books and articles dealing with moral discourse and has lectured in the United States, Germany and Israel. His most recent work is on the relationship between science and moral discourse.
Recent books by Haas include: Human Rights and the World’s Major Religions: The Jewish Tradition and Responsa: Literary History of a Rabbinic Genre.