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December 5, 2015

"Jewish Social Justice:  Facing Others, Seeing God"

Congregation Brith Shalom, Bellaire, TX


"Got Advice?  You Betcha!  New Directions in Carleton's Advising Program"

Carleton Club, Houston


December 14, 2015

"Got Advice?  You Betcha!  New Directions in Carleton's Advising Program"

Carleton Club, New York City


March 24, 2016

"The Challenge of Repentance, The Problem of Forgiveness:  Windwos into the Human Condition"

Lynchburg College

LOUIS NEWMAN has been thinking, teaching, and writing about Jewish ideas for over 30 years.  One of the country’s leading scholars of Jewish ethics, his most recent book is Repentance:  the Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights 2010).  

He is also the author of Past Imperatives:  Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics (SUNY Press, 1998) and of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics (Prentice Hall, 2005).  He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Contemporary Jewish Theology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series (Jewish Publication Society, 2008/09) that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.

Louis Newman is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research at Stanford University.  Prior to joining the staff at Stanford, he served as the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Dean of the College and Director of Advising at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.  From 2010-2013 he served as the Humphrey Doermann Professor of Liberal Learning and the Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching.  Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, he received his B.A. in philosophy and Hebrew and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.  He received his Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brown University in 1983.  He had a long career as a widely respected teacher and mentor at Carleton from 1983-2016.

He has been a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, Association for Jewish Studies, and Academy for Jewish Philosophy.  He was the first president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, an organization he helped found.  He has also been actively involved in the educational programs of several community organizations.   He serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.  He served as president of the board of directors of the St. Paul Talmud Torah from 1994-96, and as president of the board of Beth Jacob Congregation (Conservative) from 2009-11.

He also serves as a consultant on issues of learning and teaching in higher education.  A faculty member for over thirty years and the former Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching at Carleton, he brings a wealth of experience to discussions of pedagogy, curricular innovation, institutional change and faculty development.

Louis Newman is married to Rabbi Amy Eilberg.  Together they have three children with whom he loves to travel.  He still gets his fingers dirty reading the New York Times print edition every morning.  

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New!  Recent op/ed pieces: 

         "Senator Byrd:  Unorthodox Yom Kippur Role Model"

         "Understanding the Lost Art of Repentance and Its Urgency"

        "The Thrill of Repentance"