Name: Jeb Branin, convocations director
One of the world's leading relationship, values and spirituality experts, oft dubbed "America's Rabbi", will visit campus, offering a rare opportunity to hear from one of the nation's most prominent religious leaders and entertainment icons in person.
Rabbi Shmuley has been labeled “a cultural phenomenon” and “the most famous rabbi in America” by Newsweek magazine, and was named one of the ten most influential rabbis in America. His direct yet humorous take on broad social issues have been hailed nationwide.
Returning to SUU this week after two widely popular presentations in previous academic years, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will deliver a special Convocation titled “The Importance of Interfaith Dialogue” on Wednesday, October 6, at 11 a.m. in the Randall Jones Theatre at Southern Utah University. As with all Convocations, this presentation is free and open to the public.
The Rabbi will also join the Utah Shakespearean Festival to conduct talkbacks following the performances of "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6. A ticket stub from one of these performances is required in order to attend the talkback with Rabbi Shmuley afterwards. The discussions will center around the play and its significance and resonance with audiences today. Tickets and additional information are available through the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is host of the daily national radio program The Rabbi Shmuley Show on Oprah & Friends, XM Satellite Radio, and host of the award-winning national TV show Shalom in the Home on TLC. He is also the international best-selling author of 19 books, including his most recent work, The Broken American Male: And How to Fix Him, released by St. Martin's Press in January 2008. His recent works, Parenting With Fire and Ten Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children were both launched on Oprah's television show.
In 1999, just days before the millennium, Rabbi Shmuley won the highly prestigious “Preacher of the Year” Award from The London Times, setting a record for the most points ever garnered in the competition's history. Rabbi Shmuley also publishes a weekly syndicated column for which, in 2005, he was awarded the American Jewish Press Association's highest award for excellence in commentary.
Rabbi Shmuley first came to world attention through his founding of the Oxford University L'Chaim Society, an organization of Oxford students that within three years of its founding in 1988 had become the second largest student organization in Oxford's history.
Hailed by Dennis Prager as "possessing one of the most fertile minds of our generation," Rabbi Shmuley has written many best-selling books, including: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Kosher Sex, Kosher Adultery, Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments, Face Your Fear, the critically-acclaimed Judaism for Everyone, The Private Adam, his critique of American celebrity culture, and his review of Oxford history and life, Moses of Oxford, Vols. I & II. His book Why Can’t I Fall in Love was a finalist for the 2002 Books for a Better Life Award, and in April 2005 Rabbi Shmuley published Hating Women: America’s Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex. Many of Rabbi Shmuley's books have been serialized in major international publications and have been translated into seventeen languages, including: Japanese, Thai, Czech, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, German, Russian and French.
Rabbi Shmuley is a highly sought-after television and radio guest, having appeared on shows ranging from The Today Show to The View, from The O’Reilley Factor to Good Morning America, and nearly everything in between. He was also the subject of a full-length BBC documentary, Moses of Oxford. He has been profiled in many of the world's leading publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The London Times, The L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post.
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