From the Cafe Sci Email –
Presenter: Jodi Magness, Vice President, Archeological Institute of America
It’s rocky, rough – and revered. Situated on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and Dead seas, Jerusalem is an unlikely choice for the world’s holiest city. Destroyed multiple times during its storied history, the ancient city has faced innumerable challenges and conflicts beyond its rugged location alone.Yet, it has transformed from a remote, relatively poor town to become the cultural and religious center for the three Abrahamic faiths. Today the city is a hub for religious pilgrims, scientists and historians alike, as people from around the world flock to Jerusalem for its rich religious and archeological roots.
Explore the evolution of Jerusalem from a humble mountain town to a divine destination with Jodi Magness, vice president of the Archeological Institute of America. Join us after the presentation for a free screening of JERUSALEM at 7:00 pm in the Blank IMAX Dome Theater.
About the film –
JERUSALEM features rare aerial footage of the ancient city
Five years in the making, this new National Geographic documentary presents audiences with a rare glimpse into one of the world’s oldest and most beloved cities. JERUSALEM explores the intersection of science, history and religion in a city that is considered sacred by nearly half the people on Earth. Audiences are given a rare glimpse into the storied city as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites – including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.
Special access is one of the unique aspects of this film. Jerusalem has a longstanding, strict no-fly zone, but filmmakers were granted permission to capture aerial images over the Old City of Jerusalem and throughout the holy land.
About the presenter –
Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. From 1992-2002, she was associate/assistant professor of classical and near eastern archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
She received her B.A. in archaeology and history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1990-1992, Magness was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University.