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  • BU Students Told: ‘Speak Out Against Islamophobia’ (‘The Boston Globe’) 

    Dartmouth’s Susannah Heschel and two other prominent academics spoke out this week at Boston University, urging students to counter anti-Islam bigotry in the wake of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial call to bar Muslims from entering the country, reports The Boston Globe.

    Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, told the crowd that gathered Monday on the university...

  • Monday, November 9, 2015, Filene Auditorium, 4:00 pm

    How the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister changed Israeli politics.

    Killing of a King relates the parallel stories of Yitzhak Rabin and his assassin Yigal Amir over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them plotted the deals he hoped would lead to peace and the other plotted murder. Only through the prism of the murder is it possible to understand Israel today, from the paralysis in peacemaking to...

  • European scholarship on Islam grew rapidly during the course of the nineteenth century, particularly in the German-speaking academic world. Imperial politics led to the acquisition of manuscripts and facilitated travel to the East by students and scholars. The scholarship on Islam was affected by the imperial political framework, as Edward Said has argued, and also by theological interests and philological methods, as Suzanne Marchand has demonstrated. 

    The purpose of this conference...

  • Israeli-Arab Peace-making; the Past Hundred Years
    Benny Morris, Ben Gurion University, Israel

    Tuesday, 8-11-15, Filene Auditorium, 4:15 pm
    This lecture will examine peace making efforts in 1937, 1947, the 1990s, 2000, and 2008, with concluding comments about the present.
    This event is free and open to the public!

    Please contact [email protected] or contact the Jewish Studies Program at: 603-646-0475...

  • Adrian Parr, University Of Cincinnati
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    4:00 – 6:00 pm
    Rockefeller Center, 1930's Room

    Talk description:
    To speak of the imagination as political and aesthetic is both a general assertion about how emancipatory practices work and a theoretical proposition concerning the transformative power of imagination to reconfigure social relations. In this paper I describe the operation of imagination as dynamically combining matter, sense, intuition,...

  • Monday, July 6, 2015, 4:15 pm, Rockefeller 03
    Professor Daniel Juette, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
    This lecture surveys Jewish life in the medieval and early modern German lands, examining key events while also discussing new research perspectives on a millennium of German-Jewish history.
    This event is free and open to the public.

    For further information please contact: Susannah Heschel at

  • Save the date:
    Monday, July 13, 2015, Carson L01, 4:15 pm
    Professor Shaul Magid, Indiana University
    This event is free and open to the public.
    Please contact Susannah Heschel for additional information at: ">[email protected]

  • On Wednesday, May 6, don’t miss your chance to explore the astonishing history of
    Jan Karski, who will be the honored focus of a lecture and film presentation on the
    Dartmouth campus. Both events are free of charge.

    Lecture & Film:
    Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 pm Loew Auditorium - Black Family Visual Arts Center, Hanover, NH

    In 1942, Jewish leaders in Poland asked a young Polish cavalry
    officer, Jan Karski, to carry a desperate message to...

  • Susan Ackerman, a professor of women’s and gender studies, the Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion, and a professor of Jewish studies, began a three-year term as president of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) on January 1, 2014. ASOR is an international consortium of institutions that supports and promotes research related to the cultures, history, languages, and archeology of the Near East.

    Ackerman, a member of the Class of...

  • A group that includes an imam, a rabbi, and a minister plans to build a multi-faith prayer space atop the ruins of St. Peter’s Church in Berlin, but critics say the group is ignoring the site’s “horrific past,” The Atlantic writes.

    Noted German historian Manfred Gailus has brought attention to the site’s history, says the magazine, including the notoriously anti-Semitic pastor of the church during the 1940s, Walter Hoff, and his role in the Holocaust.

    Gailus’ academic...