LSU Reilly Center and Jewish Studies Program to Host Speakers Steven Luckert and Melissa Weininger

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and the LSU Jewish Studies Program will host talks by experts Steve Luckert and Melissa Weininger on Wednesday, April 5, from 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., respectively. The event will be held in the Holliday Forum at the Manship School.

Luckert will discuss “Extremism: From Hitler to ISIS.” He is senior curator in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Luckert received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the State University of New York at Binghamton and has published on German history, the Holocaust and Nazi propaganda. He served for 20 years as the curator of the museum’s acclaimed permanent exhibition, “The Holocaust,” and curated seven other special exhibitions. Manship School doctoral students Elisabeth Fondren and Meghan McCune, whose research focuses on government information practices, will join to ask questions.

Weininger will discuss “Jesus in the Jewish Imagination: Representations of Christianity in Modern Jewish Culture.” Weininger is the Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish studies in 2010 from The University of Chicago, focusing on modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature. Most recently, her work has concentrated on diaspora Israeli literature: literature written in both Hebrew and other languages by Israelis living in North America and Europe. 

The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, an integral part of the Manship School of Mass Communication, uses the intellectual muscle of the school’s faculty to help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives. The Reilly Center’s mission is to generate thoughtful programs, dialogue and research about mass communication and its many faceted relationships with social, economic and political issues. Evident in everything the center does is its commitment to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national leadership in media and politics.

Established in 1992, the Jewish Studies Program serves to cultivate knowledge about Jewish cultures, religion, literature, history, and identity both within the academy and within the community. LSU’s Jewish Studies Program offers a minor with courses in Jewish history, religion, language, culture, and literature.




Contact Joseph Kronick
LSU Jewish Studies Program 


Jenée Slocum
Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations