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​Dr. David Biale

Cal-Davis Jewish History Professor to Address PC Faculty Seminar

Providence, R.I. — Dr. David Biale, an expert in Jewish history who serves on the faculty at the University of California-Davis, will address members of the Providence College community on Thursday, March 22.

Biale will deliver “For Blood is the Life: Jews, Christians, and the Meaning of a Bodily Fluid” as a guest of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar (IFS) at 5:30 p.m. in the Feinstein Academic Center Room 400. A reception will follow in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) in Feinstein Room 303.

Now in its sixth year, the IFS brings together up to eight faculty members from different academic disciplines in a collaborative teaching and learning experience each year. Participants devote an entire semester to a multidisciplinary study of a particular theme. This year’s IFS theme is “Blood.”

The current participants are Dr. Joan R. Branham, professor of art history (seminar leader); Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely, professor of chemistry; Chard deNiord, associate professor of English; Dr. Ian Christopher Levy, associate professor of theology; Dr. Patrick Macfarlane, assistant professor of philosophy; Jane Lunin Perel, professor of English and women’s studies; and Dr. Charles Toth, associate professor of biology.

Leader in Jewish scholarship

The Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at Cal-Davis since 1999, Biale also serves as chairperson of Cal-Davis’ Department of History. Prior to Cal-Davis, Biale served as Koret Professor of Jewish History and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

He also has been a visiting professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz, UCLA, Haifa University, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Biale has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lady Davis Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council.

An acclaimed author, Biale has written a number of books, including Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought (Princeton University Press, 2010), Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians (University of California Press, 2007), and Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History (Schocken Books, 1986). He has been awarded the National Jewish Book Award three times for his literary contributions.

Biale earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of California-Berkeley and his doctorate in history from UCLA.

Biale’s lecture is sponsored by the CTE, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the departments of art and art history, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, English, philosophy, and theology.

For more information, contact the CTE at (401) 865-1340 or at


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