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Cecile and Gene Usdin, Judeo-Christian Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures


Dr. Gary P. Zola, Rabbi, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

Dr. Gary P. Zola is the Executive Director at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and The Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He is only the second director to serve at the center, succeeding his mentor and the center’s namesake. During his leadership, the center has seen tremendous growth in both physical footprint and outreach.  
He has served three terms on the president-appointed Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. He was also the first American Jewish historian to be appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. 
Zola’s published work is specialized in the area of American Reform Judaism and includes works such as “A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping in America” (co-edited with Michael M. Lorge and published by the University of Alabama Press, 2006) and “Women Rabbis: Exploration and Celebration” (HUC-JIR Alumni Press, 1996). 
In addition to being nationally active in his area of expertise, Zola has been recognized locally in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio as well. One of his many recognitions includes the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission’s “Bishop Herbert Thompson, Jr. Outstanding Humanitarian Award” for his service to the people of the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 
7:00 PM 
Lewis Auditorium  

Carrie Dann

Carrie Dann is an NBC News political editor. She co-authors a daily newsletter and blog called “First Read,” a joint project with Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” and Mark Murray senior political editor at NBC. She also frequently hosts a podcast called, “The Lid.”

Dann began with NBC covering the Iowa caucuses. She then travelled with the press corps following Bill Clinton and John McCain for the 2008 election.

In the 2012 election, she reported from the road with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. She then embedded with Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign as he worked to reelect President Barack Obama.

She is particularly interested in polling and assists the network in covering their releases of NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, considered the gold standard of polls and polling methodology.

Dann is from the D.C. area and attended the University of Virginia. She enjoys hiking in national parks with her husband, Luke.

Paul Stebbins

Paul Stebbins has served as Chairman Emeritus of World Fuel Services (formerly Trans Tec Services, Inc.), since May 2014 and has served as a director of the Company since June 1995. Stebbins has had various major roles within the company including Executive Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his many roles at World Fuel Services, Stebbins was an officer, shareholder and director of the company he co-founded in 1985, Trans Tec Services, Inc., a global marine fuel services company.

About the Lecture Series 

This series is made possible through a generous endowed gift to Flagler College from Gene Usdin, M.D., a former president of the American Psychiatric Association and a clinical professor of psychiatry at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. His love of St. Augustine inspired him to give back to the community by fostering dialogue about Jewish and Christian principles.