Lectures in 2009-10
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.
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