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UWF and Pensacola Jewish Federation to host cultural historian for annual lecture

The University of West Florida and the Pensacola Jewish Federation will host a lecture by Dr. Steven Fine, Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University in New York City, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Music Hall at the UWF Center for Fine & Performing Arts. Fine’s presentation, “The Arch of Titus Menorah Panel: Adding Color to the Jewish War,” is based on his recent research in Rome.

Since 2011, PJF and UWF have partnered to host an annual lecture by a Jewish history scholar. Sponsors include the PJF; the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology; the Department of English; and the Department of History.

“The menorah panel of the Arch of Titus is part of a unique artifact of Roman imperial propaganda and a poignant reminder of the first-century destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem,” said Dr. Marie-Thérèse Champagne, associate professor of history. “Dr. Fine’s work has involved cutting-edge digital technology, which is also of interest to those studying other disciplines. The Federation enjoys each speaker we bring, and Dr. Fine’s presentation will enrich us all.”

Fine serves as director of the Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva. An author of multiple books, articles and essays, Fine focuses his work on the literature of ancient Judaism, art and archaeology, as well as the ways that modern scholars have interpreted Jewish antiquity. He has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe.

This event is free and open to the public, starting with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information about the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, visit