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Past Events


April 12: Marc Maron in Conversation: Jews, Comedy, and the Secular Jewish Art of Intimacy


March 2: “The Photographic Heritage of Jews and Armenians in Framing Genocide,” Michael Berkowitz, Professor of History, University College, London

November 3: “Earth, Water, Fire: Classics Jewish Sources on Stewardship,” Jonathan Crane, Emory University’s Center for Ethics

November 3: “Arboreal Wisdom? Epistemology and Ecology in Judaic Sources,” Jonathan Crane, Emory University’s Center for Ethics

November 1: “Of Freedom, Fascists, and FDR: Ben Shahn’s Frescos for the New Deal,” Diana Linden, award-winning author and art historian

September 19: “Black Earth: The Ecological Politics of the Holocaust,” Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University



May 12: “White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa,” Sharon Rotbard

April 19: “Why Religion No Longer Matters in American Politics,” Mark Oppenheimer, author and writer for the New York Times and The Nation

March 16: “Son of Saul,” a film by director László Nemes, with post-film discussion

March 15: “Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories,” Atina Grossman, Professor of History, The Cooper Union

October 19: Siblings and Rivals: Muslims and Jews in France Since World War I,” Ethan B. Katz, Assistant Professor of History, University of Cincinnati



April 6: “Gonorrhea, Revolution, and the Stars: A New Translation of Isaac Babel,” Val Vinokur, Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College and Director of Jewish Culture at The New School

March 10: Art Spiegelman’s “WORDLESS!” with music by Phillip Johnston

October 28: “Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Literature?” Adam Kirsch, poet, literary critic, and columnist at Tablet and the The New Republic



April 17: “Sealing the Demons, Once and for All: The Ring of Solomon, the Cross of Christ, and the Potency of Biblical Kingship,” Ra’anan Boustan, Professor of Jewish History, UCLA

March 18: “Meir Aron Goldschmidt: Jewish Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century Novel,” Gantt Gurley, Professor of Scandinavian, University of Oregon

February 20: “Imagining a New Jerusalem: Edmond Fleg and Inter-War French Ecumenism,” Sally Charnow, Professor of History, Hofstra University

November 12: “Going Greek: Jewish Translation in the Ancient Mediterranean,” Tessa Rajak, Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor in Classics at Williams

November 7: “The Surprising Platonism of Hannah Arendt,” Patchen Markell, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

November 5: “Mothers as Martyrs: The Mother of the Maccabees Among Jews and Christians,” Tessa Rajak, Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor in Classics at Williams

October 11: “Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza,” Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole, writers

October 10: Hebrew Poetry Translation Workshop, Peter Cole, renowned translator and poet

September 30: Two-Sided Story, a documentary by director Tor Ben Mayor, with post-film panel discussion



May 3: Senior Thesis Presentations:

“It All Started with Spielberg?: American Jewish Heritage Travel to Postwar Poland, 1945-1995,” Elizabeth Hecht

“’The Difference is in Minds, and not only in Faces’: Moses Mendelssohn’s Pluralist Politics,” Sarah Zager

April 15: “Why Did the Nazis Burn the Hebrew BIble?,” Alon Confino, Professor History, University of Virginia.

April 8: We Want to Be Free! East Germans Rise Up, 1953, a documentary with post-film discussion by Freya Klier, director of the film.

April 3: “The Recent Neo-Nazi Murder Spree in Context,” Freya Klier, German political activist and documentary filmmaker.

December 3: “Singing with the Sirens: Probing the Limits of Interpretation in Ancient Hebrew Literature,” Galit Hasan-Rokem, Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Williams

November 7: “Postcards as Jews or Jews as Postcards: Mobility in a Modern Genre,” Galit Hasan-Rokem, Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Williams