May 2014: Joshua-Miller Lewis ’14 received an honorable mention in the 2014 Jewish Theological Seminary Excellence in Jewish Studies Award for his essay entitled “The Jewish Mission and the Modern State: Contrasts in Moses Mendelssohn and Martin Buber.”
See calendar for upcoming events.
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