Religious intellectuals speak out

There are so many good programs and lectures in NYC and the burbs, where do you begin?

But if you’re interested in the role that religion should play in the public square, this one should be good.

The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC is holding a forum on Wednesday, May 2, on the responsibility of religiously committed intellectuals to speak out on the political, cultural and social questions that affect everybody. It’s at 7 p.m.

Taking part will be: Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor-elect, JTS; Lenn Goodman, the Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities at Vanderbilt University; the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, head of the FIRST THINGS religion journal; and Os Guinness, the writer and social critic.

It’s a real good line-up. They’ll chew it up, for sure. But I have another commitment that night.

“JTS”: is located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street).

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.