Past Events in Judaic Studies

To view Judaic Studies video recordings of past lectures, visit our YouTube Playlist.

Spring 2019

Title: Israel Studies in the Era of BDS
Speaker: Michel Gherman (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Location: Stephen Robert '62 Hall, Room 101, 280 Brook St.
Sponsors: Program in Judaic Studies, Watson Institute-Brazil Initiative, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Title: A Century of Polish-Jewish Relations: Poland's 2018 'Holocaust Law' in Historical Perspective
Speaker:  David Engel, Professor of Holocaust Studies, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Professor of History at Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.  
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Location: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge, 75 Waterman Street
Sponsors: Arthur B. and David B. Jacobson Fund, Program in Judaic Studies

Title: How I Became Passionate About Teaching Hebrew
Speaker: Professor Ruth Adler Ben Yehuda
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:00 am
Location: Science Library, room 604
Sponsor: Center for Language Studies, Brown Language Society 

Fall 2018

Title: The Trial and Lynching of Leo Frank
Speaker:  Steve Oney, author of And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank 
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Location: Barus & Holley 168
Sponsors: Arthur B. and David B. Jacobson Fund, Charles P. Sisson II Memorial Lectureship, and Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Title: Hirschfeld House Reception
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Location: 163 George Street

Title: Before Caliphs and Kings: Medieval Mediterranean Jews Praise Their Rulers
Speaker: Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University.  Fall 2018, 
Hirschfeld Presidential Scholar in Comparative Studies at Brown University.
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Location: Petteruti Lounge
Sponsor: Program in Judaic Studies

Title: The Lynching of Emmett Till
Speaker: Christopher Metress, 
Author of The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative
Date: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Location: Friedman Hall 102
Sponsors: Arthur B. and David B. Jacobson Fund, Charles P. Sisson II Memorial Lectureship, and Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Title: Judaic Studies DUG
Speaker: A Conversation and Kabob & Curry with Professor Jonathan Decter
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Location: Hirschfeld House, 163 George Street
Sponsor: Program in Judaic Studies

Title:  Japanese American Internment in World War II
Speaker: 
Tetsuden Kashima, University of Washington and Author of Judgment without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during WW II
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Location: Friedman Hall 102
Sponsors: Arthur B. and David B. Jacobson Fund, Charles P. Sisson II Memorial Lectureship, and Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

 

Spring 2018

Title:  Book Discussion, Benjamin Sommer, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition
Date: Wednesday, February 7th at noon - 1:00 PM
Location: 163 George Street, JS206
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies

Title: Lecture, "Ethnic Identity in Israel and Variation in Modern Hebrew: A Linguist's Perspective"
Date:  Tuesday, February 27th from noon-1:30 pm
Location: Petteruti Lounge
Speaker:  Roey Gafter (Ben-Gurion University)
Sponsor: Program in Judaic Studies, Brown-RISD Hillel, Brown Students for Israel

Title: Lecture,  "The Badly Behaved Donkey and Bio-Power in the Babylonian Talmud"
Date: Wednesday, March 14th at 5:30 PM
Location: Smith-Buonanno 206
Presenter: Beth A. Berkowitz (Barnard College)
Sponsor: Program in Judaic Studies

Title: Movie Screening 
Date: Thursday, March 15th at 8:00-9:30 pm
Location: List Art Center 101
Sponsor:  Slavic Studies and Judaic Studies Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUGs)

Title: Dance, Israeli Folk Dancing
Date: Saturday, March 17th at 7:45-9:15 pm
Location: Hillel Social Hall
Presenter: Brookline Folk Dancing
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies

Title: Book Discussion, Cynthia Baker, Jew
Date: Wednesday, April 18th at noon - 1:00 PM
Location: 163 George Street, JS206
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies

Title: Public lecture, "Violence and Antisemitism: When do they merge? Answers from East Europe" 
Date: Thursday, April 26th, evening time TBD
Location: Smith-Buonanno 201
Speaker: Yohanan Petrovsky Shtern (Northwestern University), Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies and the Arthur B. and David B. Jacobson Fund

Title: Symposium: Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity
Date: Sunday/Monday, May 13-14th
Location: Sunday at Petteruti Lounge, Monday at Faculty Club
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies and the Ruth and Joseph Moskow Endowment in Judaic Studies

Fall 2017

Title:  Book Discussion, A Horse Walks Into a Bar (David Grossman)
Date: Wednesday, September 13th at noon - 1:00 PM
Location: 163 George Street, JS206
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies
Facilitator: Prof. Ravit Reichman, Associate Professor of English (Brown University)

Title: DUG event: Meet new faculty: Prof. Larry Wills
Date: Thursday, September 28th @ 6PM
Location: Faunce (Campus Center), room 225
Facilitators: Professor Ruth Adler and William Lu
Sponsors: Program in Judaic Studies, Dean of College, and Judaic Studies DUG

Title: DUG event: Study Abroad in Israel?: Talk to Returning Students!
Date: Sunday, October 1st @ 3PM
Location: J. Walter Wilson, room 402
Facilitators: Professor Ruth Adler and William Lu
Sponsors: Program in Judaic Studies, Dean of College, and Judaic Studies DUG

Title:  "The Problem of Doubt: The Case of Early Judaism" 
Date:  Tuesesday, October 24th  @ 7:30 PM
Location:  Smith-Buonanno 106 (95 Cushing St.)
Presenter:  BJS Visiting Scholar, Moshe Halbertal (Hebrew University/ NYU Law School) 
Sponsors:  Program in Judaic Studies, BJS Fund

Title: "Philological Inquiries with Sociolinguistic Constraints: The Case of Hebrew and Aramaic"
Date: Thursday, October 26th at noon
Location:  67 George St., room 104
Presenter: Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal (Hebrew University)

Title:  Book Discussion, Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast (Aaron Hughes)
Date: Wednesday, November 8th at noon - 1:00 PM
Location: 163 George Street, JS206
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies

Title:  "Jews Who Loved Christianity As Jews: The Case of Rabbi Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik" 
Date:  Wednesday, November 15th  @ 6:00 PM
Location:  Smith-Buonanno 106 (95 Cushing St.)
Presenter:  Shaul Magid (Indiana University) 
Sponsors:  Program in Judaic Studies, The Elga K. Stulman Fund for Judaic Studies

Spring 2017

WEEKLY
Title:  Talmud Reading Group
Date:  Thursdays, February 2nd through May 18th from 1:00-2:00 PM
Location:   163 George St., JS206
Presenter:  Facilitated by Professor Michael Satlow (Brown University)

AS SCHEDULED

Title:  Professional Development Session, "Challenges to First Generation Students" 
Date:  Tuesday, January 31st @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:  79 Brown St. (History department building), room 104
Presenter:  Paul Nahme (Brown University) 
Sponsors:  Program in Judaic Studies, Department of History, and Department of Religious Studies

Title:  "Captives, Slaves, and Refugees: Ransom and Resettlement of Jews in the Mediterranean World after 1648"
Date:  Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Location:   McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
Presenter:  Adam Teller (Brown University)
Sponsor:  Middle East Studies 

Title:   Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar: "Enchanted Thinking and the Secularity of Oral Torah: On Lithuanian Talmudic Conceptualism (Lomdus)"
Date:   Thursday, February 9th @ noon - 1:00 PM
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenter:  Paul Nahme (Brown University) 
Sponsor: Program in Judaic Studies 

Title:   "The 'De-Jewing' of the Old Testament under National Socialism: Gerhard von Rad's Struggle against the Ideological Transformation of the Discipline"
Date:  Monday, February 13th @ noon - 1:30 PM
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenter:  Bernard Levinson (University of Minnesota) 
Sponsor:  BJS Monograph Series (Judaic Studies)

Title:  Book group: Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women, and Everyday Religious Observance (E. Baumgarten)
Date:  Thursday, February 23rd @ noon
Location:  163 George Street, JS206
Presenter:  Facilitated by Michael Satlow (Brown University)  
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies  

Title:  Hebrew Language Week- Hebrew Calligraphy
Date:  Monday, February 27th @ 12:50-2:00 PM
Location:  80 Brown St., Hillel Meeting Room
Presenter:  Marcia Kaunfer (calligrapher), Professor Ruth Adler (facilitator)

Title:  Hebrew Language Week- Film Screening
Date:  Thursday, March 2 @ 7:00 PM
Location:  Language Resource Center, Sciences Library, 6th floor
Presenter:  Professor Ruth Adler (facilitator)

Title:  Hebrew Language Week- Israeli Folk Dancing
Date:  Saturday, March 4th @ 7:00 PM
Location:  80 Brown St., Hillel Social Hall
Presenter:  Pazit Lahav (dance instructor), Professor Ruth Adler (facilitator)

Title:  "The Arabic Spoken and Written by Jews in the Context of General Dialectology"
Date:  Thursday, March 9th @ 5:00 PM 
Location:  Smith-Buonanno 106
Presenter:   Professor Ofra Tirosh-Becker, Visiting Scholar, Harvard University and Professor, Department of Arabic Language and Literature and Department of Hebrew Language, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Head of the Hebrew University’s Center for Jewish Languages and Literatures
Sponsors:   Judaic Studies' Hebrew Program, Center for Language Studies' Arabic Program, and Middle East Studies.  
Free and open to the public.

Title: Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, March 16th at noon - 1:00 PM
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenters:  Rachel Rojanski (Brown University) 
Sponsor:  Program in Judaic Studies

Title:  “Revisiting the Question of Jewish Origins: Myth/ Construct/ Reality”
Date:  Monday & Tuesday, March 20th & 21st 
Location:  Faculty Club, One Magee St.
Sponsors:  The Scheuer Fund for Judaic Studies, The Elga K. Stulman Fund for Judaic Studies,  M. B. Mandeville Lectureship Fund,  and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania 

Title:   "Celebrating the Cannibals: George Tabori’s German Ascendance" 
Date:  Thursday, March 23rd @ 6:30 PM
Location:  Maddock Alumni Center, Brian Room, 38 Brown St. 
Presenter: William Collins Donahue (Notre Dame) 
Sponsors: The Tisch Family Fund (Judaic Studies), The Department of German Studies   
Free and open to the public

Title: Seminar: "The Exodus and Conquest in Biblical Memory"
Date: Wednesday, April 5th @ noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Faculty Club, One Magee St. 
Presenter: Ronald Hendel, BJS short term researcher (U Cal, Berkeley) 
Sponsor:  BJS Monograph Series (Judaic Studies)

Title: "Israeli and Palestinian Peace: Opportunities and Risks"
Date: Monday, April 24 @ noon
Location:  Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St.
Presenter: Daniel Sherman.  Respondent: Shany Mor. Moderator: Prof. David Jacobson.
Sponsor:   Program in Judaic Studies, Tisch Family Fund (Judaic Studies), and the Watson Institute.
Free and open to the public 

Title:  "Beyond Kush: The New Frontier of African Judaism"
Date:  Tuesday, April 25th @ 4:00-5:30 PM
Location:  Kasser House Foxboro Auditorium, 151 Thayer St.
Presenter:  William Miles (Northeastern University) 
Sponsor:  Tisch Family Fund (Judaic Studies), Department of Africana Studies
Free and open to the public

Title:   Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, April 27th at noon
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenter: David Kertzer (Brown University)

Title:  Book group: The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust (Lisa Leff) 
Date:   Thursday, May 4th @ noon - 1:00 PM
Location:   163 George St., JS206
Presenter:  Facilitated by Michael Satlow (Brown University)

Title:  "Torture, Abuse and Desecration in the Name of Religion"
Date:  Sunday - Tuesday, May 7th-May 9th 
Location:   Faculty Club, One Magee St. 
Sponsor:  Ruth & Joseph Moskow Endowment in Judaic Studies, Department of Religious Studies

Title:  End of Year Event (luncheon and award ceremony)
Date:  Wednesday, May 10th @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Location:  Crystal Room (tentative)

Fall 2016

Title:  Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar, "The End of the World and the Beginning of Hasidic Literature" 
Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ noon
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenter:  Ofer Dynes (McGill University)

Title:   Seminar, "Priestly Families in Ancient Israel and the Second Temple Period"
Date:   Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ noon
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenter:   Cana Werman (Ben Gurion University)

Title:   "The Pharisees: New Light on an Old Problem"
Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2016  @ 5:30 PM
Location:  Salomon 202
Presenter:  Cana Werman (Ben Gurion University)
Free and open to the public 

Title:  "Were Jews Central to the French Revolution? A Contrarian Analysis"
Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
Location:  Robert Center, Petteruti Lounge
Presenters:  David Sorkin (Yale University), BJS Visiting Scholar
Sponsor:  BJS Monograph Series
Free and open to the public  

Title:  Book Group, "What's Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives" (Christine Hayes)
Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at noon
Location: 163 George St., JS206
Presenter: Facilitated by Prof. Paul Nahme 

Title: Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar, "When Did French Jews Achieve Full Emancipation?"
Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2016 at noon
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenters:  David Sorkin (Yale University), BJS Visiting Scholar
Sponsor:  BJS Monograph Series 

Title:   "The Forgotten Connection: Napoleon's Sanhedrin (1806-08) in Light of the Civil Code"
Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Location:  Robert Center Petteruti Lounge
Presenters:  David Sorkin (Yale University), BJS Visiting Scholar
Sponsor:  BJS Monograph Series
Free and open to the public 

Title:   "On Anti-Semitism and Its Uses"
Date:   Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Location:  Barus & Holley 168 (184 Hope St)
Presenter: Shaul Magid (Indiana University)
Sponsors: Theodore and Shirley Libby Fund, Religious Studies, and the Dean of the College                                         
Free and Open to the Public 

Title:   Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, November 10, 2016 at noon
Location:  163 George St., JS206
Presenter: Omer Bartov (Brown University)

Title: Book Group, "Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages (David Nireberg)
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 at noon
Location: 163 George St., JS206
Presenter: Facilitated by Prof. Michael Satlow

Spring 2016

Title:  Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar 
Date:  Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ noon
Presenter:  Kerry Sonia (Brown University)

Title:   Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:   Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ noon
Presenter:   Nathaniel Berman (Brown University)

Title:   "FDR and the Jews"
Date:  Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 5:30 PM
Presenter:  Richard Breitman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (American University)
Sponsor:  Arthur B. and David B. Jacobson Fund
To view this and other Judaic Studies video recordings visit our video archive at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTiEffrOcz_5-JIZrkeljerfrShS-59YC

Title:  Israelis and Palestinians in Dialogue (Part 1 of 2) 
Date:  Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Presenters:  Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger (Jewish West Bank  settler, cofounder "Roots") and Ali Abu Awwad (Palestinian peace activist, cofounder: Roots")
Sponsors:  The Elga K. Stulman Fund for Judaic Studies and Brown/RISD Hillel

Title:  Hebrew Language Week
Date:  Week of April 11-15, 2016

Title:    "Israelis and Palestinians in Dialogue" (Part 2 of 2) 
Date:  Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Presenters:  Israeli Professor Sami Adwan (Bethlehem University) and Palestinian Professor Shifrah Sagy (Ben-Gurion University) 
Sponsor: The Elga K. Stulman Fund for Judaic Studies and Brown/RISD Hillel

Title:   Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ noon
Presenter:  Susan Einbinder (University of Connecticut) 

Title:   National Association for the Professors of Hebrew (an international conference on Hebrew language, literature and culture)
Date:   July 21-23, 2106

Title:   "Recovering the Records of European Jewry: The Pinkassim Project" (a conference)
Date:  July 18-22, 2016
Sponsors:  Program in Judaic Studies and Simon Dubnow Institute (Leipzig)

Fall 2015

Weekly : A weekly Talmud study group will meet this semester.  Brown faculty and students with a background in reading Talmud are invited to attend.  We will begin with Chapter 1 of Tractate Hagiga in the Babylonian Talmud.  Texts will be provided.  We will meet on Mondays beginning on October 19, 2015 and concluding on December 7, 2015 in Sayles Hall 002 at 9-9:50 am.  Questions about the group may be sent to Professor David C. Jacobson <[email protected]>.

Title:  Language Festival
Date:  Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 3:00-6:00 PM
Sponsor: Center for Language Studies 
Activities, food, information, games, contests 

Title: Beginning of the Year Celebration 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @2pm
Pizza and refreshments served 

Title:  Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ noon
Presenter:  Jonathan Decter (Brandeis University)

Title:  "How America Met the Jews"
Date:  Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Presenter:   BJS Visiting Scholar: Hasia Diner (New York University)

Title:  Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ noon
Presenter:   BJS Visiting Scholar: Hasia Diner (New York University)

Title:  
"Jewish Attitudes Towards Wealth and Poverty" (a conference)
Conference Dates:  November 1-3, 2015
Free and open to the public
Registration requested at [email protected]

Keynote Address:  Gary Anderson (University of Notre Dame)
Title:  “Metaphysics or Morals: The Place of Charity in Second Temple Judaism”
Keynote Date:  Monday, November 2, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Free and open to the public 

Title:  "A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide"
Date:  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Presenter:  Alon Confino (Ben Gurion University and University of Virginia)

Title:  Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar
Date:  Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ noon
Presenter:   Rachel Rojanski (Brown University)

Spring 2015 

Title: Advanced Talmud Weekly Study Group
Date: Wednesdays, 9:00 - 9:50 am
Description: Brown faculty, students, and staff with a background in Talmud study are invited to join a newly organized advanced Talmud study group to be held on a weekly basis during the semester. We will begin with Chapter 6 of Baba Metzia (Ha-sokher et ha-omanim).
Contact: Professor David C. Jacobson at [email protected] 


Title:  The BJS Lecture, "Yhwh, a God of the Wilderness: A Biblical and Extrabiblical
Investigation
"
Date:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 5:30 pm
Presenter:  Thomas Römer (Professor at Collège de France and Universitè de Lausanne)

Title:  "Not What you Think:  The Role of the Holocaust in the Establishment of Israel"
Date:  Monday, April 13, [email protected] 7:00 PM
Speaker:  Aviva Halamish (Professor of History at The Open University of Israel) 

Title:  "Unraveling Intertextualities in The Star of Redemption"
Date:  Wednesday, April 15th at noon
Presenter:  Sinai Rusinek (Postdoctoral Fellow, Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute 

Faculty Seminar Title: “Print, Power, and Prestige:  The Polish-Lithuanian Rabbinate and the Book in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”
Date:  April 16, 2015 @ noon

Presenter:  Professor Adam Teller 

Title:  "Sacred Song in the late Antique and Byzantine East: Comparative Explorations", a poetry conference
Date: May 3-6, 2015
Register:  via email at [email protected]
Free and open to the public 

Title:  "The Moskow Workshop: A Conversation on Jews in the Late Antique Mediterranean" (Outside the land of Israel & Environs)
Date:  May 10-12, 2015

Fall 2014

Title:  DUG meeting, An Introduction to Klezmer Music 
Date:  Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Title:  DUG meeting, Ken Moss (invited Stulman lecturer)
Date:  Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Kabob & Curry served

Title:   "Zionism, Palestinism, Post-Diasporism: New Forms of Polish Jewish Political Thinking in the 1930s", The Stulman Lecture
Date:  Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Presenter:  Ken Moss (The Johns Hopkins University)
Sponsored by the Elga K. Stulman Fund for Judaic Studies & Program in Judaic Studies.

Title:  "New Perspectives on the Primeval History (Genesis 1-11), A Symposium"
Date:  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from Noon - 3:30 PM
Presenters:   Seth Sanders (Trinity College Hartford), Michaela Bauks (Universität Koblenz - Landau), Andrew Tobolowsky (Brown University)

Title:  "Beyond Bias: A Different Approach to the Arab-Israeli Conflict"
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM (NOTE: rescheduled from October 1, 2014)
Panelists:    Shai Feldman, Director and Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University. Moderated by Professor David C. Jacobson, Brown University.
Sponsored by the Elga K. Stulman Fund for Judaic Studies, Program in Judaic Studies and Middle East Studies. 

Title:   "At the Periphery of the Holocaust-Pillage and Killings of Jews by their Neighbors",  The Jacobson Lecture
Date:  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Presenter:  Jan Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society and Professor of History at Princeton University
Sponsored by the Arthur B. & David B. Jacobson Fund and the Program in Judaic Studies.

Spring 2014

Title:  "The Problem of the Secular in Modern Jewish Thought"
Date:   Monday, January 27, 2014
Presenter: Paul Nahme (Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2013) is assistant professor of religious studies at University of Kansas in Jewish thought.  He specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century European Jewish thought.  

Title:  "How to Think About & Study Antisemitism and Islamophobia"
Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Presenter: Jonathan Judaken (Rhodes College)
This event is part of the Antisemitism and Islamophobia Lecture Series. 

Title:  "Hebrew Philosophy Between East and West: Law and Ethics in Modern Jewish Thought"
Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Presenter: Elias Sacks (University of Colorado at Boulder) is professor of religious studies and Jewish studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Title:  "Critical Jewish Thought: Religious Norms, Values, and Emotions"
Date: Monday, February 10, 2014 
Presenter: Yonatan Brafman is a PhD Candidate in Columbia University’s Department of Religion, specializing in Jewish thought and philosophy of religion.

Title:  "Enemies of the Faith:  Western Christian Views of Jews and Muslims in the Middle Ages"
Date:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014 
Presenter: Mark Meyerson (University of Toronto)
This event is part of the Antisemitism and Islamophobia Lecture Series.   

Title:  "Reflections of the Goy:  the Term(s), the Concept, and the Discursive Formation"
Presenter: Adi Ophir (Mellon Visiting Professor of Humanities, Cogut Center for the Humanities)  This event is a part of the Spring 2014 Faculty Seminar Series which is open to Judaic Studies faculty, affiliates and invited friends. 

Title:  "Democratic and Jewish? Religion and State in Israel Today"
Date:  Thursday, February 27, 2014 
Presenter: Yuval Sinai (Yale University) 
Professor Yuval Sinai is a Schusterman Visiting Professor of Law at Yale, Judaic Studies and Council on Middle East Studies; Senior Research Scholar of Law at Yale University Law School.  His research interests are Jewish law, comparative law, Law and Religion. 

Title:  "Shifting Hierarchies of Exclusion: Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Islamophobia in European History"
Date:  Wednesday, March 5, 2014 
Presenter:    Ethan Katz (Univeristy of Cincinnati) 
This event is part of the Antisemitism and Islamophobia Lecture Series

Title: "The Neo-Hasidic Imagination: Origin and Prospects"
Date:  Monday, March 31, 2014 
Presenter:  Art Green  (Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University)
Art Green is a nationally recognized historian of Jewish religion, a rabbi, a theologian, and a scholar of Jewish mysticism and Neo-Hasidism. After earning his Ph.D. at Brandeis University, Green became a Phillip W. LownProfessor (now emeritus) of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He has lectured widely and taught to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as both dean and president; and the Hebrew College, where he currently serves as rector. 

Title:    "The Hasidic Homily:  Mystical Performance and Hermeneutic" Process
Presenter:  Art Green  (Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University)

Title:  "Zionism as a Cultural Movement", an international conference
Date:  Sunday-Monday, April 6-7, 2014
Keynote speaker:  Ronit Matalon
Keynote address and concert are open to the public.

Title:  "The Freedom to be Racist?  How the US and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism"
Date:  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 
Presenter:  Erik Bleich (Middlebury College) 

Title:  "Mussolini, the Pope, and the Jews"
Presenter: David Kertzer (Dupee University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology & Italian Studies)

Fall 2013

Title:  "20th Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord: What Went Wrong and What are the Prospects for Peace between Israelis and Palestinians?"
Presenter:  Gershon Baskin, Founder: Of Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI).  Adviser: To Israeli Prime Ministers on the Peace Process.
Negotiator:  With Hamas for Release of Israeli Soldier Gilad Schalit.  Gershon Baskin holds  a Ph.D. in International Affairs from University of Greenwich.  He is the author of Jerusalem of Peace and The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas.  He is currently working on a new book on thirty years of stories about his efforts to work for peace.

Title:  "On the Margins of the Holocaust: Hunting Down the Jews in Poland 1942-1945"
Date:  Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Presenter:  Jan Grabowski, PhD.  Professor, Department of History at University of Ottawa
In 1942, following the liquidation of the ghettos, at least 250,000 Polish Jews sought refuge “on the Aryan side”, among the gentile population.  From among them no more than 30,000- 40,000 survived the war. The fate of the rest remains, for the most part, unknown.  The “human horizon” of unknown and unreported victims is, therefore, larger than 200,000  people – and this number concerns occupied Poland alone. Key Questions to be Addressed:  What happened to these people?  What were the circumstances of their death?   What was the attitude of the local populations to Jews in hiding?    

Title: "Is the Sky Falling? Scholars Analyze the 2013 Pew Report on the Future of American Jews"
Date:  Thursday, November 14, 2013
Presenters:  Lila Corwin Berman, Associate Professor and Director, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History,Temple University.  Calvin Goldscheider, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies, Brown University.  Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Director, Research andAnalysis, Jewish Federations of North America.  Daniel Vaca, Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Brown University moderator.  Maud S. Mandel, Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director, Program in Judaic Studies, Brown University.

Title:  "Imperial Identities: Nationalism, Politics and Culture in Early 20th Century Israel."  
Date:  Monday, September 30, 2013
Presenter:  Professor Israel Bartal 
Professor Israel Bartal will give a public lecture entitled:  "Imperial Identities: Nationalism, Politics and Culture in Early 20th Century Israel."  Professor Bartal is the Avraham Harman Professor of Jewish History and the former dean of theFaculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A world-renowned scholar of the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry, Jewish nationalism, and the Jews of Palestine in the pre-Zionist era, Professor Bartal has written numerous publications, including The Jews of Eastern Europe: 1772–1881(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, 2006) and Cossack and Bedouin: Land and People in Jewish Nationalism (Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers, 2007).

Spring 2013

Title:  Judaic Studies Moskow Symposium"Theorizing Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible"
Date:  Sunday-Monday, May 5-6, 2013
The purpose of this symposium, coordinated by Saul Olyan, Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, is to explore ritual violence in the Hebrew Bible collectively and to contribute in a significant way to its theorization.  Ritual acts that might be described as violent are not uncommon in texts of the Hebrew Bible. Nehemiah pulls out the beard hair of his opponents (Nehemiah 13); Shimi stones and curses King David as David flees Jerusalem (2 Samuel 16); the corpses of the murderers of Eshbaal are disfigured and displayed publicly (2 Samuel 4); Moses burns the Golden Calf, grinds it up, mixes what is left of it with water, and makes the people drink it (Exodus 32). Most would agree that such acts embody violence, yet as manifestations of ritual violence, they are rarely if ever theorized by biblical scholars. The purpose of this symposium is to explore ritual violence in the Hebrew Bible collectively and to contribute in a significant way to its theorization. As we seek to theorize biblical representations of ritual violence, questions to be considered include: What constitutes a violent act in a ritual setting? What ends might ritual violence accomplish? Who and what are the targets of ritual violence? The gender dimensions of ritual violence, manifestations of ritual violence in wartime, calculated acts of violence against the non-living (corpses, ritual objects such as inscribed stelae or cultic icons) and the larger ancient West Asian context of representations of ritual violence in the Hebrew Bible will be subjects of interest to our speakers, who engage theory from the social sciences, cognitive science, and other disciplines.

Title:  "Lateral Exchanges: Comparative Approaches to Non-Western Literary Modernities"
Date:  Thursday, April 18, 2013
Presenter:  Professor Lital Levy

Title:  "The 2013 Israeli Elections and the Rise of the New Israelis: A conversation with Yoram Peri"
Date:  Monday, March 18, 2013
Presenter:  Yoram Peri
Professor Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Maryland and the Director of The Joseph B. and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at U.Md. He was formerly the editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar.  What is the meaning of these elections in terms of Israeli life and the development of the Middle East conflict?