Lectures in 2012-13
Thursday, October 4, 2012. Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham, “Rabbinic Historiography as a Response to Christian Triumphalism: The Destruction of the Temple in Aramaic, Syriac and Greek Discourse.” Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Workshop and the Medieval Studies Workshop.
Monday, October 15, 2012. Erik Dreff, Ph.D. Student, “Rosenzweig’s Star as a System of Philosophy.”Presented by the Jewish Studies Workshop.
Monday, October 15, 2012. Liane Marquis, Ph.D. Student, “The Composition of Numbers 32: A New Proposal.” Presented by the Hebrew Bible Workshop.
Monday, October 15, 2012. Eran Shalev, Senior Lecturer, Haifa University, “The Debate on Slavery and the Decline of the Old Testament as a Political Text.” Sponsored by the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.
Monday, October 22, 2012. David Gottlieb, Ph.D. Student, “Rupture, Reflection and Renewal: Mimesis and the Transformation of Meaning in Leviticus Rabbah.” Presented by the Jewish Studies Workshop.
December 3, 2012. Tamar Merin, “So Did I Write All That is Written in this Book”: The Dialogic Rise of Israeli Women’s Prose Fiction.” Dr. Merin, author of “So did I write all that is written in this book”: Inter-Sexual Dialogue and the Rise of Israeli Women’s Prose, is fulfilling a post-doctoral appointment at Northwestern University. Presented by the Jewish Studies Workshop.
Transcending Tradition – a lecture series presented in conjunction with the exhibition on Jewish mathematicians at Crerar Library. The opening of the exhibit on October 4, 2012, was accompanied by a lecture from Silvan Schweber, Professor of Physics and Koret Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus, Brandeis University, entitled, “The Bethes and German Jewish Culture.” The second lecture was given by Hanna Holborn Gray, President Emerita and Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita in the Zar Room of Crerar Library on November 5, 2012, and was entitled, “European Emigre Scholars and the American Academy after 1933.” The third and final lecture on December 3 was given by Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, and was entitled, “Smart Jews and Science: The Science of ‘Smartiness’ and Jews.”
The Trouble with Prophets, Prophecy, & Prophetic Literature of the Hebrew Bible.
A series of four lectures exploring how the study of Israelite prophecy has developed in recent decades with respect to comparative aspects, gender theory, relationship to magic, and post-biblical legacy. Co-sponsored by the Divinity School, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, and the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:30 pm, Robert Wilson, Yale University, “Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel: Thirty Years Later.” Thursday, November 15, 2012, Ronnie Goldstein, The Hebrew University Jerusalem, “Aspects of the Development of Prophetic Books.” Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Esther Hamori, Union Theological Seminary, “Prophecy and Gender in Ancient Israel.” Thursday, February 7, 3013, Alex Jassen, University of Minnesota, “The Legacy of Prophecy in Early Judaism.