"Does the History of Anti-Judaism have anything to do with the Present?" a talk by David Nirenberg on Tuesday, January 20 at 5:30 pm, Library West Judaica Suite.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world. What relationship do these uses have to each other? Do past forms of life and thought affect later ones? If so, can we write a history of these forms? And what, if any, hold might this history of past thought have upon ways in which we ourselves can think in the present?

David Nirenberg is Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, and Founding Director of the University’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. His books have focused on how Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with and thought about each other. These include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1996), Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013); Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern (2014), and the forthcoming Aesthetic Theology and its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics (Spring 2015).

"Whom to Exclude in Order to Belong: Jews and the Catholic Church in Germany and France" a talk by Ari Joskowicz on Monday, February 2 at 4 pm, Keene-Flint Hall, room 005.
Ari Joskowicz is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and European Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France (Stanford University Press, 2014) and coeditor of Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2015).

One of the most prominent stories of modern Jewish life has focused on Jews’ adoption of liberal middle-class values. This talk deals with an equally powerful, if largely unexplored, aspect of Jewish modernity by illuminating the extent to which French and German Jews made use of the liberal catalog of villains in their attempts to express themselves politically. It shows how Jews used Catholicism and the Catholic Church as a foil that helped them define what it meant to be good citizens and practice a respectable religion.

  • Made possible through the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies.
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Writing Retribution Conference on February 21-22. More information TBA.

"The Political Biography of the Democratic Peace: Israeli and American Perspectives" a talk by Piki Ish-Shalom. Monday, February 23, at 12:50 pm in 216 Anderson Hall.
Piki Ish-Shalom is Director of the Leonard Davis for International relations and Associate Professor of International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A talk by Natalie Scholz on Wednesday, February 25. More information TBA.

Ari Shavit Faculty Seminar on Friday, February 27. More information TBA.

A talk by Stefanie Fischer on Tuesday, March 10. More information TBA.

A talk by Frank Wolff Seminar on Thursday, March 12. More information TBA.

5th Annual Jewish Film Festival on March 22-24. More information TBA.

Annual Concert on Wednesday, March 25. More information TBA.

A talk by Ron Schechter on Monday, March 30. More information TBA.

A talk by Samuel Weber on Thursday, April 9. More information TBA.

All events are Free and open to the public.

With appreciation...These programs are made possible by our sponsors, Schram Memorial Endowment, Melton Jewish Studies Endowment, Gerson Lecture Series, Breier Visiting Fellowship, Kahn Visiting Scholar Fund, Gerson Visiting Professor Fund, Futernick Professorship Fund, and Jewish Council of North Central Florida.

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