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Rabbi Whiman to preach ninth Judaic-Christian Dialogue

Rabbi David A. Whiman, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, will give this year’s Judaic-Christian Dialogue at the Memorial Church on Sunday, May 14, at 11 a.m.

Whiman was ordained from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1979 and served Congregation Beth Israel in Houston from that year until 1981. He went on to serve as rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton for 18 years before returning to Congregation Beth Israel as senior rabbi in 1999.

Whiman serves on the Commission on Reform Education for the Union of American Hebrew congregations. Currently completing his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological School, he is co-author of Learning While Leading: Increasing Effectiveness in Ministry, which will be published by the Alban Institute this year.

Whiman is the ninth preacher to come to the Memorial Church as part of the Harvard Judaic-Christian Fund. The fund was set up in 1987 by friends and associates of the Memorial Church to provide a Jewish-Christian presence. Distinguished Jewish preachers, teachers, and lecturers have come to the pulpit for the purpose of fostering new connections of knowledge and understanding between the Christian and Jewish faiths. Past preachers have included Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

Noma-Reischauer Prizes offered

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute at Harvard is offering the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies for 2000 to the undergraduate and graduate student with the best essays on Japan-related topics. The undergraduate award is $2,000 and the graduate award is $3,000. The deadline for submission is June 30. Course and seminar papers and undergraduate or graduate theses written during this academic year are eligible. Interested students should submit three copies of their work to the Reischauer Institute, Coolidge Hall 319, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138. For more information, call (617) 495-3220.

Bureau of Study Counsel offers study strategies course

The Bureau of Study Counsel is offering the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies for three weeks in July. Through readings, films, and classroom exercises, students learn to read more purposively, selectively, and with greater speed and comprehension. The class meets at 4 p.m. for one hour, Monday through Friday, from July 10 to July 27. The course fee is $150. To register, contact the Bureau of Study Counsel at (617) 495-2581.

An Evening of Electronic Music

Music 167: Composition in the Electronic Medium presents “An Evening of Electronic Music,” a concert featuring works by undergraduate and graduate composers, on Saturday, May 13, in Paine Hall at 8 p.m. This concert is the culmination of two semesters of study and composition; a wide range of sounds and styles will be presented. This event is free and open to the public.