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Past Events

"Student Reflections: Brandeis and the Dead Sea Scrolls" 

Thursday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m.Mandel Center for the Humanities, 2nd Fl.

The collaboration between the Museum of Science and Brandeis University on the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition offered a unique opportunity for Brandeis students to bring their expertise to and learn from an exhibition of astonishing cultural and historic richness and global significance. 

Over the course of the partnership, students contributed to the public education mission of the Museum of Science; Brandeis's intellectual commitment to explore connections between disciplines; youth enrichment in Waltham and beyond; and the wider scholarly research community.

This event celebrates the achievements of student participants in the partnership, providing a forum to share their diverse 21st century reflections on gaining and disseminating knowledge about an extraordinary period of our ancient past. Presenters are students in departments such as biology, chemistry, education, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and physics. 

The event will be held in the Mandel Center 2nd floor lobby, where a selection of Brandeis-owned artifacts from the time period of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display (courtesy of The Eunice M. L. Cohen Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection, or CLARC). This exhibit was curated by CLARC student interns. 

Reception with refreshments. Free and open to the public; all are welcome. Questions? Contact

"Holy Botany: Plants and the Bible"

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m., Lown 315

An exploration of the Eastern Mediterranean agro-ecosystem.  Learn how a botanist tries to identify which plant Jesus is referring to in the Parable of the Mustard Seed; discover the role of hulled durum wheat in agriculture in the biblical world---and more.

Professor Musselman is author of A Dictionary of Bible Plants (2011) and Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh:  Plants of the Bible and the Quran (2007). For questions or additional information:

Physics Department Colloquium

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m.
Brandeis University, Abelson Building, Room 131

Greg Bearman, MA ’75, PhD ‘76, will speak about the application of electronic and spectral imaging to archaeology, particularly the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Science Cafe: Imaging and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Monday, Oct. 7, 6p.m.
Elephant Walk Restaurant

Greg Bearman, MA ’75, PhD ‘76, shares his pioneering work in the use of spectral imaging to study some of the world's most important artifacts, including Dead Sea Scrolls, Machu Picchu and Mona Lisa.

Dead Sea Scrolls:
Life in Ancient Times Graduate Symposium

Sunday, Oct. 6
Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities

Graduate students from throughout the Northeast present on Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology and ancient Israel. Undergraduate submissions of papers or posters welcome. For more information, please visit the symposium website.

Dead Sea Scrolls:
Music of Eric Chasalow, Performed by Soprano Tony Arnold

Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.)
Brandeis University, Slosberg Music Center

The Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble will perform with soprano Tony Arnold. The concert will include the premiere of "Where it Finds Nothing But the Wind,"  for soprano, flute, guitar, percussion and electronics, by Eric Chasalow. Text from the Dead Sea Scrolls was assembled with the assistance of Professor Marc Brettler. Ticket information will be available soon.

The premiere of "Where it Finds Nothing But the Wind" is sponsored by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times exhibition hosted by the Museum of Science, with Brandeis University as its educational partner.   For more information on this, and other highlights of the fall concert season at Brandeis, visit BrandeisNOW.

Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered!

Thursday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m.
Brandeis University, Lown, 315

A discussion of the ancient Essenes, often associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls, in light of observations about contemporary religious sects and sub-groups.   

Jonathan Klawans is author of Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism and Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism. 

The Essene Hypothesis and Qumran: Insights from Religious Studies

Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities

All members of the Brandeis community are invited to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls during this 3-hour session. The session will be led by Jamie Bryson, MA’11, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis. His research focuses on how the Scrolls illuminate the early formation of the Hebrew Bible.

Cost: general admission, $40; alumni and BNC, $35; BOLLI, $20; students and staff with ID, free. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about Bryson's resources on the subject, visit his website.

Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Newton Free Public Library

Marc Brettler, PhD, Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University

Jewish and Christian Origins as Revealed
by the Dead Sea Scrolls

Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Cahners Theatre, Museum of Science, Boston

Risa Levitt Kohn, PhD, Professor and Chair, Religious Studies Department, and Director, Jewish Studies Program, San Diego State University; and Gary Anderson, PhD, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology, University of the Notre Dame and author, Sin: A History

With an introduction by Marc Brettler, Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University

History Preserved:
Ancient Israel and The Dead Sea Scrolls

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Cahners Theater, Museum of Science, Boston

Debora Ben Ami, Curator of the Iron Age, and Pnina Shor, Curator and Head of Dead Sea Scrolls Projects, Israel Antiquities Authority.

With an introduction by Fred Lawrence, President of Brandeis University.