News & Events

  • Brigitte Caland, American University of Beirut in conversation with Chad Elias, (Art History) and Tarek El Ariss (Middle Eastern Studies)

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)

    S.Y. Agnon is the 1968 Nobel Literature laureate. Despite his constant denial, Agnon used psychoanalytical material as an integral part of his stories. In order to better understand the process, the lecture will compare the three versions of a story he...

  • Europes Jews Between Shoa, Re-Formation and New Perils
    A lecture discussing the new dynamics in “Jewish” Germany within the past 25 years, an aspect which, as is seems, is often ignored in science and public.
    Professor Julius H. Schoeps, Potsdam University Germany

    He is a German historian and political scientist, Director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies at Potsdam University and chairman of the Moses Mendelssohn Foundation.

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  • Please join me in congratulating several members of the Jewish Studies faculty on the publication of new books.

    Barbara Kreiger, The Dead Sea and the Jordan River (Indiana University Press)

    Ehud Benor, Ethical Monotheism (Routledge)

    Veronika Fuechtner and Douglas Haynes, eds., A Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960 (University of California Press)

    Irene Kacandes and Yuliya Komska, eds., Eastern Europe Unmapped: Beyond Borders and Peripheries  (Berghahn...

  • A new book is shedding light on a handful of US government officials who helped rescue Jewish refugees in the final months of World War II and the Holocaust.

    Too Little, and Almost Too Late: The War Refugee Board and America's Response to the Holocaust is the...

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017
    Rockefeller 001
    5:00 pm

    Francois Guesnet, Visiting Brownstone Professor in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, University College, London

    Title: Hair: Transcultural Entanglements of Place, Race, and Identity in Central Europe

    Hair is among the most obvious elements of a person’s appearance. Beyond a marker of individual esthetic and cultural choices, its appearance is marked by beliefs, customs and rituals. Religious traditions offer...

  • ***Please note there are DVDs of the lecture for viewing at the Jones Media Center. ***

    Monday, August 14, 2017, 4:30 pm
    Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall
    George Yancy, Philisophy Department, Emory University

    Description:  Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel argues that the prophetic voice is a scream in the night.  I take this to imply that the prophetic voice forces us to listen, to...

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 4:30 pm
    Filene Auditorium/Moore Hall

    Title: Hybrid Identity: Between Palestine and Israel
    Lecturer: Sayed Kashua, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    He is a Palestinian-Israel journalist, screenwriter, novelist, and one of the most prominent voices from Israel and Palestine. His weekly column provides a fascinating reflection of bearing a hybrid identity. A Palestinian citizen of Israel, a renown writer in a leading Israeli-...

  • Zachary Braiterman Lecture, Syracuse University
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 4:30 pm, Rockefeller 001
    Professor Braiterman is an American Jewish philosopher, best known for writing on the topics of Holocaust theology, Jewish thought, aesthetics, and Jewish art. He is also a professor of religion at Syracuse University.  He works in the field of modern Judaism. His research and teaching explore shifting aesthetic canons as they shape Jewish thought and culture from the 17th century until...

  • If you haven’t read Hebrew since the rite-of-passage ceremony known as the bar mitzvah, customarily conducted at the age of 13, then a willfully obscure text of ancient Jewish mysticism is probably not the best means to reacquaint yourself with the language of the Old Testament. Yet there I was in a Northern California synagogue, trying to remember my alefs and daleds, less out of the famous guilt of my tribe than a curiosity about that text—the Zohar—and, more...