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Asbell Chair Installation
January 30, 2004

The Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies had its first professor installed in a ceremony held in Mathers Theatre in the Holland Union Building. Andrea B. Lieber, assistant professor of religion and coordinator of Judaic studies, is the first incumbent of this chair.

The chair was established through the generosity of Yale Asbell '78 and Mrs. Audrey Asbell and is named for their older daughter. The Asbell family has had ties to Dickinson for over 75 years with 13 members of the family having attended the college. The family has made numerous gifts to the college, including the Sarah and Isedor Asbell First Generation Scholarship. Yale Asbell currently serves on Dickinson's Board of Trustees.

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Photos by A. Pierce Bounds, Dickinson College
President Durden

Yale Asbell Andrea Lieber


Dean Weissman

Above: Provost and Dean Neil Weissman introduces the incumbent.

Top left: President Durden welcomes guests.

Left: Yale Asbell delivers remarks.

Dean Weissman

Above: Professor Emeritus Ralph Slotten reads his poem "Sophia."

Top left: Professor Andrea Lieber delivers her address.

Left: President Durden concludes the ceremony.