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Lectures in 2009-10

Lecture Series

Creation: Genesis and Other Beginnings in Jewish History and Culture. Three symposia with short lectures by Chicago faculty.  Funded by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund. Lectures included:

  • David Schloen (NELC), “The Creation of Ancient Israel,” November 2, 2009.
  • Orit Bashkin (NELC), “The Creation of the Arab-Jew,” November 2, 2009.
  • James Robinson (Divinity), “The Creation of Hebrew Belles Lettres in Medieval ‘Provence’,” February 15, 2010.
  • Paul Mendes-Flohr (Divinity), “The Creation of Modern Jewish Studies,” February 15, 2010.
  • Jan Schwarz (Germanic Studies), “Conjugal Fruit: A Shakespearean Sonnet in Yiddish,” February 15, 2010.
  • Simeon Chavel (Divinity), “The Creation of Torah: Law and Narrative in Israelite Historiography,” April 28, 2010.
  • Martha Nussbaum (Law), “The Creation of Woman,” April 28, 2010.
  • Leora Auslander (History), “Conundrums of Jewish Life in Postwar Europe,” April 28, 2010.

Modern Jewish and Israeli History. A series of nine lectures organized by Bernard Wasserstein (History) and Orit Bashkin (NELC).  Funded by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund.  Co-sponsored with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of History. Lectures included:

  • Roberto Mazza, “Renegotiating Identity: The Nebi Musa Riots of Jerusalem, April 1920,” January 19, 2010.
  • Alan Dowty, “The Origins of the Arab-Israel Conflict: Arab-Jewish Relations in the First Aliyah, 1881-1905,” January 26, 2010.
  • Avshalom Rubin, “’Technology and Geography:’ The Evolving Role of the West Bank in Israeli Strategic Thinking, 1949-1967,” February 9, 2010.
  • Orit Bashkin, “Red Baghdad: Iraqi Jews and the Iraqi Communist Party,” February 23, 2010.
  • S.Z. Berger, “Yiddish Bibles in Amsterdam,” March 2, 2010.
  • Orit Rozin, “Exit, Voice and Citizens: Negotiating the Right to Travel Abroad in 1950s Israel,” March 4, 2010.
  • Ralph Austen, “Jews, Crypto-Jews and Late Medieval/Early Modern African Trades:  Saharan and Atlantic,” April 20, 2010.
  • Elie Rekhess, “Arabs in a Jewish State – Dilemmas of National Identity,” May 12, 2010.
  • Derek Penslar, “When May We Kill Our Brethren?  Jews at War in the Long Nineteenth Century,” May 24, 2010.

Crypto-Jews in Iberia, South America, and the American Southwest. A series of three lectures.  Funded by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund. Co-sponsored with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Politics, and the Katz Center for Mexican Studies. Lectures included:

  • Stanley Hordes, “The Sephardic Legacy in New Mexico: A History of the Crypto-Jews,” March 11, 2010.
  • David Gitlitz, “Syncretism and Assimilation: The Secret Jews of Spain,” April 19, 2010.
  • María Elena Martínez, “‘Limpieza de Sangre’ in Old and New Spain,” April 27, 2010.

Political Theory. Legal Theory. Classical Jewish Texts. A series of three lectures organized by Simi Chavel (Divinity).  Funded by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund.  Co-sponsored with the Divinity School.

  • Steven Grosby, “Political Anthropology and the Bible: Goy and Ezrach,” February 10, 2010.
  • Moshe Halbertal, “At the Threshold of Forgiveness: Law and Narrative in the Talmud,” February 17, 2010.
  • Suzanne Stone, “Between Truth and Trust: The Prophet as Self-Deceiver,” February 24, 2010.

Individual Lectures

November 3, 2009. Attina Grossman. Primary Sponsor: Modern European History Workshop

January 10, 2010. Margaret Olin, “Jewish Space.” Primary Sponsor: The Renaissance Society

January 24, 2010. Jan Schwarz, “Porfolk: Portraits of Married Couples in Yiddish Literature.” Primary Sponsor: The Renaissance Society

January 28, 2010. Ari Barbalat, “State Personhood in Rabbinic Judaism: Lessons for International Ethics.” Primary Sponsor: CMES

February 5, 2010. Victor Kattan, “Why History Matters: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Primary Sponsor: CMES

February 7, 2010. Leora Auslander, Sexy Challahs, Pregnant Shabbat Candlesticks, and Women with Sidelocks: Anna Shteynshleyger’s Embodied Judaism.” Primary Sponsor: The Renaissance Society

February 9, 2010. David Nirenberg, “Shakespeare’s Jewish Questions.” Primary Sponsor: Lumen Christi Institute

February 14, 2010. Charles Bernstein, “Reading on Jewish Identity and Imagery.” Primary Sponsor: The Renaissance Society

February 18, 2010. Moshe Halbertal, “The Moral Challenges of Asymmetrical War: The Case of Israel.

April 13, 2010. Guy Stroumsa, “Docetism: Jewish and Greek Roots.” Primary Sponsor: Center for the Study of Ancient Religion

April 15, 2010. Guy Stroumsa, “Teaching the Abrahamic Religions: a Subversive Enterprize.” Primary Sponsor: Center for the Study of Ancient Religions

May 5, 2010. Ruth Gavison, “Constitution-Making as a Form of Nation Building – The Israeli Experience.” Primary Sponsor: Jewish Law Students Association

May 6, 2010. Tom Sizgorich, “Ka‘b an ‘Umar Go to Jerusalem: A Jewish Ghost in the Abode of Islam.” Primary Sponsor: Center for the Study of Ancient Religions

May 17, 2010. Adam Lipszyc, “Schulz avec Benjamin: The Mythical versus the Messianic.” Primary Sponsor: Slavic Department

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