Yesterday I had the great treat to offer a lecture on Bible translation at CCNY’s Jewish Studies Program. I’d never been to City College of New York (part of CUNY) so I didn’t know what to expect. But my lecture was scheduled during the students’ free time, and attendance was optional, so I thought I’d probably have a half dozen lethargic students and the usual assortment of professors. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
A standing-room only crowd of over 60 enthusiastic, joyous students and faculty members was waiting for me. And given what I know now about the program, it’s hardly surprising.
It turns out that the CCNY Jewish Studies Program is a rare jewel. Led by the contagiously exuberant Dr. Roy Mittelman, the program has offices teeming with diverse students (only a few of them Jewish) and abuzz with joy and academic curiosity. In short, it’s a model for what I think higher education should be.
If I were a student again, the CCNY Jewish Studies Program is where I’d want to be, and I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to stop by yesterday.