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UNT Insider | September 2008 Issue | Judea Pearl

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Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl, speaks Oct. 20 at UNT

College of Music dedicates all October concerts to Daniel Pearl World Music Day

From a UNT News Service Press Release

Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, will speak Oct. 20, at UNT as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, honoring the reporter and musician who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002.

In addition, the UNT College of Music is dedicating all of its concerts during the month of October —more than 100 in all — to Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a network of concerts across the globe to promote tolerance and humanity through music. Daniel Pearl World Music Days was started in 2002 by the Daniel Pearl Foundation, a California-based nonprofit, and since then, more than 60 countries have participated.

Judea Pearl's speech, "Carving a Dialogue between Muslims and Jews," will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, in the Lyceum of the University Union. The lecture is free. A question-and-answer session and book signing will take place after the speech. The free lecture is part of the EncoUNTers International Speakers Series.

"An event such as this allows us to tap into the healing power of music," says Jennifer Lane, UNT associate professor of music and organizer of Daniel Pearl World Music Days activities at UNT. "I had participated in Daniel Pearl World Music Days from 2003 to 2005 at Stanford University, where I used to teach and where Daniel Pearl was an alumnus, so I was excited to help coordinate this monthlong effort for UNT. This effort raises awareness about the importance of tolerance and understanding, and it allows us to reflect on the unique vitality of music in promoting harmony and peace."

Judea Pearl is a professor of computer science and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at UCLA. He is president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which he co-founded in April 2002. He and his wife, Ruth Pearl, are co-editors of the book "I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl," winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies.

Other highlighted events as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days include:

  • "Many Faces of Handel" concert presented by the UNT Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers, featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane, at 8 p.m. Oct. 10, in Winspear Performance Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Excerpts from Handel's Saul and Jephtha will be presented. The concert marks what would have been the 45th birthday of Daniel Pearl. Tickets are $8-10 and are available by calling 940-369-7802 or visiting www.thempac.com.
  • Screening of "The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl" at 6 p.m. Oct. 14, in the Lyceum of the University Union. Co-sponsored by UNT International and the Department of Radio, Television and Film. The event is free.

UNT News Service Press Release
Ellen Rossetti can be reached at ellen.rossetti@unt.edu.

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September 2008

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