This semester, Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski presented a talk, “From the Gospels to Mishnah: Competing Texts and Traditions as Turning Points in Western History,” as part of the three part lecture and discussion series, “The Way We Were: Christians and Jews in the Early Years.” The series was sponsored by the Brennan Goldman Institute for Jewish-Catholic Understanding and Dialogue, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and St. Mary’s Church in Rochester. Dobkowski’s was the third talk in the series.
A member of HWS faculty since 1976, Dobkowski is an expert on genocide, terrorism and the Holocaust. He is the author of numerous books and articles including, “The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism,” “The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America,” “Jewish American Voluntary Organizations” and, a co-author of “Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States & Terrorism.” He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dobkowski holds a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University.
At Hobart and William Smith, Dobkowski has also led several groups of students on trips to Germany and Poland as part of “The March: Bearing Witness to Hope,” a week-long trip that focuses on the events of the Holocaust. Last spring’s trip inspired students to record their experiences, resulting in a book of memories, photographs and reflections.
Dobkowski served as a visiting professor at Nazareth College in Rochester this fall and is returning to the Hobart and William Smith campus in the spring.