Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Fall Schedule

From the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies:
The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies would like to invite all students interested in Jewish Studies to join us for an academic year full of exciting conversations about Jewish history, culture, and religion. The Center offers a diverse array of lectures and conferences, as well as research and travel grants and professional development opportunities for graduate students. This fall, our programming covers topics ranging from modern German-Jewish history to the theology of the Hebrew Bible. It explores Jewish cultural life through conversations about Roman Vishniac’s photographs of shtetl life; the literature of Israeli novelist David Grossman; and the practice of producing and presenting Jewish art and music. We hope that you can join us for one or many of our upcoming events, and we would particularly like to invite your participation in a fall welcoming reception for faculty and graduate students on October 27.

To receive regular updates about our events and opportunities in Jewish Studies, contact Christina Heisser at to be added to the Center’s mailing list. For full details about any of this year’s events, see our website:

A listing of our fall events follows:
October 3: Michael Brenner (University of Munich), “Estranged Home: The Return of Jewish Emigrants to Postwar Germany”
October 18: Maya Benton (International Center of Photography), “Picturing Vishniac: A Closer Reading, New Work, and Constructions of Jewish Identity”
October 26: Pierre Bordreuil (Collège de France à Paris, CNRS), “Ugarit and the Bible: Some Literary Parallels”
October 27: Fall Reception for Faculty and Graduate Students
November 1: Jonathan Klawans (Boston University), “Symbol, Function, Theology and Morality: On Rules and Rituals in the Priestly Literature of the Hebrew Bible,” Lecture 1 of 4 on “The Matter of Israelite Religion”
November 13: “Reading and Conversation: David Grossman at the Chicago Humanities Festival”
November 29: Piet van Boxel (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) “Hebrew books and 16th-century censorship in Italy,” Lecture 1 of 3 in a series on the Jewish Book
December 1-2: Workshop: “Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents, and Futures”

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