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Lectures in 2013-14

Individual Lectures

October 21, 2013. Joel Baden, “Leviticus 16: What’s in a Layer?” Primary sponsor: Hebrew Bible Workshop.

October 22, 2013. Ariel Porat, “Israel’s Security and the Law.” Primary sponsor: University of Chicago Law School.

October 22, 2013. David Myers, “A Hasidic Municipality in New York: As American as Apple Pie?” Primary sponsor: Jewish Studies Workshop.

November 14, 2013. Joanna Weinberg and Piet van Boxel on the topic “Integration or Erasure: Christian Censorship of Hebrew Texts.” Co-sponsored by the Early Modern and Jewish Studies Workshops.

November 20, 2013. Yigal Shevars, Ben Gurion University, “1986: A Turning Point in Israeli Literature and Culture.” Presented for the Hebrew Circle.

December 2, 2013. Dror Burstein and English translator Todd Husak-Lowy. Co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

January 16, 2014. Rachel Harris, “Witchcraft and Wailing: Female Professions in Israeli Films.” Primary sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

January 20, 2014.Aryeh Tepper, speaking on his recent book Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics: Leo Strauss’ Later Writings on Maimonides. Presentation for the Undergraduate Jewish Studies Workshop.

January 29, 2014. David Shyovitz, “Animals in the Garden of Eden: Carnivorousness and Eschatology in Medieval Jewish Thought.” Primary sponsor: Animal Studies Workshop.

February 3, 2014. Seth Sanders, “What if there aren’t any empirical models for Pentateuchal Criticism?” Primary sponsor: Hebrew Bible Workshop.

February 4, 2014. Sarah Hammerschlag, “The School of the Prophets: World War II and the Renaissance of French Judaism.” Presented to the Undergraduate Jewish Studies Workshop.

February 18, 2014. Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem Bureau Chief of the New York Times. Primary sponsor: Center for International Studies.

February 18, 2014. Natascha Drubek, “Between Resistance and Compliance: The Ambivalent Bequest of the Theresienstadt “Ghetto” Films.” Primary sponsor: Department of Cinema and Media Studies.

April 2, 2014. John B. Judis, senior editor at The New Republic and author of Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict. Primary sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

April 17, 2014. Smadar Lavie, “Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers, Bureaucratic Torture, and the Divinities of State and Chance.”

May 14, 2014. Roni Elran Barak, “Recovering from Bulimia Nervosa: The Story of Twelve Israeli Women.” Presented for the Hebrew Circle.

May 20, 2014. Uri Horesh, “Palestinians Speaking Hebrew in Jaffa: A linguistic Identity Crisis?” Presented for the Hebrew Circle.

May 28, 2014. Screening of Yiddish-language film Di Shpilke (The Pin) followed by a question and answer session via Skype with director Naomi Jaye. Co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies and Doc Films.

Lecture Series

“Judaism in the Diaspora.” Lectures by Prof. Glen Weyl, “Simon Kuznets and Jewish Economies” (November 18, 2013), Dean Bell, “Natural Disasters: Jewish Identity in Early Modern Europe”(February 26, 2014), and Bernard Wasserstein, “The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude Van Tijn & the Fate of the Dutch Jews” (May 14, 2014). Organized by the Student Alliance for Jewish Enrichment (SAJE). Co-sponsored by Student Government.

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