Noted author, scholar and community leader, and interfaith lecturer Rabbi Benjamin Kamin will visit Hiram College beginning April 21 for an extend series of lectures on the spiritual, historical and social impact of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the changes it triggered in American Society.
Rabbi Kamin founded Reconciliation: Synagogue without Walls, an interfaith pastoral outreach agency in San Diego Ca., and was formerly Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, Ca., former Senior Rabbi at Temple-Tifereth Israel , Cleveland, and a former instructor at Borromeo Catholic Seminary, Case Western Reserve University, and the Melton School in Akron, has participated in a wide variety of communal activities, and authored a number of works on civil rights, social issues and inter-faith issues.
His lectures at Hiram will focus on his latest book, “Nothing Like Sunshine: A Story in the aftermath of the MLK Assassination,” a memoir of a troubled relationship he had with an African American classmate, the impact of the assassination of Dr. King on his classmate, and Kamin’s 38-year search for him. Kamin’s course at Hiram will focus on Dr. King’s four greatest speeches, and their impact on civil rights and society.
Kamin will also participate as a panel member in a forum sponsored by the Hiram Center for Engaged Ethics. The forum, titled “Beyond War” will focus on alternatives to conflict and will include, in addition to Rabbi Kamin, Joseph A. Adler, Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Kenyon College, and Michael T. Snarr, Associate professor of social and Political Studies at Wilmington College. The discussion will be at 6:30 p.m. May 4 in the Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall.