Georgetown University, USA
Title: Language and Thought, Thinking and Speaking, Teaching and Learning: From Plato to Ourselves
Prof. Dr. Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum and has curated more than 85 exhibitions there and in other venues across the country and overseas. Two of these – National Treasures of Georgia and the Jews of Georgia – were organized to come to American museums, but were canceled at the last moment due to internal Georgian political complications. He is also the author of over 280 books, articles, exhibition catalogs, and essays on diverse topics. Among his books are The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; Searching for Oneness: Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Untangling the Web: Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always Has Been; Jews on Trial: from Jesus to Jonathan Pollard; Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture; and most recently, Magic and Religion in the Greco-Roman World: The Beginnings of Judaism and Christianity.