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Fontbonne to Hold Dedicated Semester for First Time Ever

Beginning this fall, Fontbonne University will offer students an exciting new concept: the "dedicated semester." This unique academic venture allows the entire university - students, faculty and staff - to explore a single theme each fall semester.

"This invigorating new concept is not something you'll find at many universities," said Dr. Nancy Blattner, vice president and dean for academic affairs at Fontbonne. "Our entire academic community is collaborating to give students a unique opportunity to look at subjects from a variety of perspectives and in many different ways."

The theme for the inaugural dedicated semester will be "Judaism and its Cultures."  In addition to courses offered by many of Fontbonne's academic departments, there will be films, panels, speakers and events to give students an opportunity to learn in detail about the semester's chosen topic. Many programs will also be open to the local community.

"At Fontbonne, a Catholic university, we recognize that the joint Jewish and Christian tradition has been at the center of the best of Western Culture, that scholarship itself begins in the quest for the truth of scripture, and the very idea of the university follows from this," said Jason Sommer, Fontbonne professor of English and poet-in-residence, the primary organizer for the "Judaism and its Cultures" semester.

Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis said, "I am thrilled that the first topic will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Jewish community. Fontbonne's commitment to opening hearts and minds through learning is already a wonderful asset in St. Louis and I thank Fontbonne for making this invaluable contribution and commitment to our community and our world."

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