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Lectures 2011-2012

October 3, 2011. Michael Brenner, “Estranged Home: The Return of Jewish Emigrants to Postwar Germany.” Funded by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund. Co-sponsored by the Department of History, Aronberg Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible Workshop. Located in Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th St.

October 18, 2011. Maya Benton, “Picturing Vishniac: A Closer Reading, New Work, and Constructions of Jewish Identity.”  Co-sponsored by Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and the Aronberg Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. Location TBA.

October 26, 2011. Pierre Bordreuil, “Ugarit and the Bible: Some Literary Parallels.”  Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Oriental Institute, and Friends of Jewish Studies Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. Located in the Oriental Institute Rm. 208, 1155 East 58th St.

November 1, 2011. The Matter of Israelite Religion: Lecture 1 of 4. Jonathan Klawans, “Symbol, Function, Theology and Morality: On Rules and Rituals in the Priestly Literature of the Hebrew Bible.” Co-sponsored by the Divinity School and Friends of Jewish Studies Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. Located in Swift Hall Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St.

November 29, 2011. [CANCELED] The Jewish Book: Lecture 1 of 2. Piet van Boxel, “Hebrew books and 16th-century censorship in Italy.”Co-sponsored by The Nicholson Center for British Studies, Aronberg Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library, the Early Modern Workshop, and the Medieval Studies Workshop. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

January 18, 2012. The Matter of Israelite Religion: Lecture 2 of 4. Matthew Suriano, “Death in the Kingdom of Judah: The social process of dying and the ritual context of the dead.” Co-sponsored by the Divinity School. Located in Swift Hall Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St.

January 23, 2012. A lecture and workshop with Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman. “The 2012 Harvey Goldberg Memorial Lecture.” Workshop co-sponsored by Committee on Creative Writing and lecture co-sponsored by The Newberger Hillel Center, The Nicholson Center for British Studies, Special Collections Research Center, and the University of Chicago Library. Workshop location Rosenwald 405. Lecture located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

February 8, 2012. The Matter of Israelite Religion: Lecture 3 of 4. Jeremy Hutton, “Upon the Roof of the Temple: Reconstructing the Phenomenology of Altar Usage from Archaeological and Textual Remains.” Co-sponsored by the Divinity School. Located in Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th St.

February 9, 2012. The Jewish Book: Lecture 1 of 2. David S. Katz, “Matthew Arnold, the Zulus and Biblical Arithmetic in Victorian England.” Co-sponsored by The Nicholson Center for British Studies, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library, the Early Modern Workshop, and the Medieval Studies Workshop. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

February 10, 2012. A workshop with David S. Katz. Co-sponsored by The Nicholson Center for British Studies. Located in Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th St.

February 20, 2012. The 2012 Gossett Lecture.  Alvin Rosenfeld, “Primo Levi and the Germans: Is Forgiveness Possible after Auschwitz?”  Located in the Swift Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St.

February 23, 2012. Michael Segal, “The Writing On the Wall: Dreams and Riddles in the Book of Daniel.” Co-sponsored by American Friends of the Hebrew University. Located in The Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

March 1, 2012. The Matter of Israelite Religion: Lecture 4 of 4. Nili Fox, “Fashion vs. Ideology: Biblical Laws Pertaining to Israelite Dress.” Co-sponsored by the Divinity School. Located in Swift Hall Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St.

March 29, 2012. Steven Zipperstein, “Mythology, Historicity, and the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom: How a Riot Changed 20th Century Jewish History.” Co-sponsored by The Committee on Social Thought, History of Judaism Club. Located in Rosenwald 405, 1101 E. 58th St.

April 1, 2012. The Haggadah: Lecture 1 of 4. David Stern, “The Haggadah and the Jewish Imagination.” Co-sponsored by the Special Collections Research Center, and the Divinity School. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

April 22, 2012. The Haggadah: Lecture 2 of 4. Marc Michael Epstein, “Birds’ Head Revisited: Identity, Politics and Polemics in the Birds’ Head Haggadah.” Co-sponsored by the Special Collections Research Center, and the Divinity School. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

May 1, 2012. Raymond Cohen, June and Harold Patinkin, “A Time to Talk: Israel, the Jewish People, and the Catholic Church.” Located in Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St.

May 6, 2012. The Haggadah: Lecture 3 of 4. Vanessa Ochs, “The Coconut on the Seder Plate: A Biography of the Contemporary Haggadah.” Co-sponsored by the Special Collections Research Center, and the Divinity School. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

May 13, 2012. The Haggadah: Lecture 4 0f 4. Katrin Kogman-Appel, “Popularizing Books in a Manuscript Culture: The Visual Language of the Late Medieval Haggadah.” Co-sponsored by the Special Collections Research Center, and the Divinity School. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

Conferences 2011-2012

October 22, 2011. “Humanities Day.” Co-sponsored by the Humanities Division. Located in Stuart Hall, 5835 South Greenwood Avenue.

December 1-2, 2011. “Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents and Futures.” Co-sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Office of the Provost, and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. December 1st conference located in the Regenstein Library’s Franke Institute Seminar Room, 1100 E. 57th St. December 2nd conference located Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Seminar Room, 1100 E. 57th St.

February 13, 2012. “Borders in Jewish Thought.” Co-sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought, Divinity School, History, and NELC. Located in the Regenstein Library’s Franke Institute Seminar Room, 1100 E. 57th St.

March 4, 2012. “The State of American Jewish Belief Revisited: At the Edge of a Crisis or at a New Threshhold?” Co-sponsored by Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. Location Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Ave.

May 7, 2012. “German-Jewish Echoes in the Contemporary Middle East.” Location TBA.

Readings 2011-2012

November 13, 2011. David Grossman, “Reading and Conversation: David Grossman at the Chicago Humanities Festival.” Co-sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival. Located at the Northwestern University School of Law Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue.

April 26, 2012. Etgar Keret, “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door.” Co-sponsored by The Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago,The Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, Northwestern University, and the Spertus Institute. Located in Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware.

Workshops 2011-2012

January 27, 2012.  Sam Berrin Shonkoff . “Ancient Soil and Firm Sod: On Buber’s Insistence that the ‘Land of Israel’ Literally Refers to the Land.” Social Sciences Tea Room, 1126 E 59th Street.

February 10, 2012. Kelli Gardner. “My Mother’s House: Validations of Female Sexuality in the Song of Songs.” Social Sciences Tea Room, 1126 E 59th Street.

February 24, 2012. Sam Brody.  “A Jewish Solution to the Zionist Problem, or, Why Martin Buber Considered Isaiah 30:15 More Realistic than Rifle Practice.” Social Sciences Tea Room, 1126 E 59th Street.

March 9, 2012.  Elayne Oliphant. “The Risks of Historical Memory: Inter-Religious Dialogues in Present-Day Paris.” Social Sciences Tea Room, 1126 E 59th Street.

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