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Inequality in the Study of Antiquity: The Levites and "Ethnicity"

March 29, 2018

Lecture by Brian Rainey, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary

The lecture delved into a variety of biblical texts to theorize which anthropological term(s) might best describe the Levites, as depicted in biblical texts.

Co-sponsored by Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and its graduate program in Bible and Ancient Near East, and a generous grant from the Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming.

Cafe NEJS

March 20, 2018

Enjoy a casual Kosher Asian-Fusion lunch with faculty and friends while previewing Fall 2018 courses.  Be sure to meet our UDR's, Joey and Leah!

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

First Press: Early Evidence for Anatolian Wine

March 20, 2018

Lecture by Gojko Barjamovik, Senior Lecturer on Assyriology, Harvard University

The Assyrian merchant records from Kültepe dating ca. 2000 BC contain the first clear textual references to the production and trade in wine in Anatolia. Being mainly commercial in nature, they provide some information about origin and trade patterns, as well as occasional hints to the consumption (ritual and festive), production, and storage of wine. This paper presents a case study of how this textual evidence can be linked to a growing material and pictorial record, and recent paleobotanical studies, to form a broader picture of the earliest relatively well-documented case of production, trade and consumption of wine in the region.

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Martin Weiner Fund

The Same Old Story, or Perhaps not: Paratexts of Mayse-bukh (Basel 1602)

March 19, 2018

Lecture by Dr. Claudia Rosenzweig, Bar-Ilan  University focuses on how traditional tales were marketed to the Yiddish reading public in Early Modern Yiddish print culture.

Offered in YDSH 20b:  Continuing Yiddish with Professor Ellen Kellman

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Rumpus or Supper?: Maurice Sendak on Jewish American Childhood and Twentieth-Century Acculturation

February 28, 2018

Golan Moskowitz, NEJS PhD Candidate '18 gives a talk

Offered in NEJS 183b: Global Jewish Literature with Professor Ellen Kellman.

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

Lecture: Mr. Linford Fisher, PhD

February 27, 2018

Native Perspectives on Evangelization and Mission (17-19th Century)

Professor Fisher's research and teaching relate primarily to the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. 

Offered in NEJS 128a: Introduction to Christinity with Professor Bernadette Brooten.

Sponsored by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund

Integrate Media in Your Hebrew Class: Ms. Shlomit Lir, PhD

February 13, 2018

How to Write Creatively online in Hebrew

Ms. Shlomit Lir, PhD, a gender and new media researcher, is a visiting scholar in the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.  Her dissertation "Gendering Digital Identity: The Establishment of Voice Among Female Activitists in New Media Platforms," is based on research on the processes of women's entrance into the digital sphere.

November 28, 2017

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Jonathan Sarna gave a talk to celebrate his appointment as University Professor.

Professor Sarna’s address, “Jews and American Politics: Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities,” considered a wide scope of material, including a newly discovered 1864 document he shared with the lecture audience.

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A Tomb with a View: What can we learn about death in the Hebrew Bible from the Silwan Necropolis in Jerusalem?

November 16, 2017

Lecture open to all

Matthew Suriano, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

New research sheds light on complex issues of death and memory in Biblical literature.

Offered in NEJS 114a, Death, Memorial, and Immortality in Biblical Literature with Professor Vayntrub.

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Martin Weiner Fund

Alfred L. Ivry: Luncheon Seminar

November 16, 2017

Maimonides' Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed": A Philosophical Guide

Professor emeritus in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University shares the publication of his new book.

Sponsored by the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. 

NEJS Art Night with Joey & Leah, UDRs

November 9, 2017

Free refreshments! Relaxing collage art!

How do Race, Ethnicity, and Religion Intersect with Sexual Violence?

November 3, 2017

How do race, ethnicity, and religion intersect with sexual violence flyer?

Presenters:

  • Welcome by Lisa M. Lynch
  • Moderator: ChaeRan Freeze
  • Presenters: Angele Frederick Amar, Bernadette Brooten, and Sarah Deer

Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and the Provost's Diversity Fund.

Co-sponsors: African and Afro-American Studies, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Counseling Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Health Center, Health, Science, Society and Policy, Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Peace, Conflict and Co-existence Studies, Pre-Health Advising, Public Safety, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

October 30, 2017

Matchmaking and Medieval Family Dynamics: Did Parents Ever Have the Final Word?

Elisheva Baumgarten, Professor of Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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Sponsored by: The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry; Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with the support of the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment

Inequality in the Study of Antiquity: Elisha and the Ambivalent Power of the Prophetic Body

October 26, 2017

Rhiannon GraybillLecture by Rhiannon Graybill, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Program Director, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Co-sponsored by Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and its graduate program in Bible and Ancient Near East, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a generous grant from the Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming.

My First SONY: A One Man Show (in Hebrew) Performed by Roy Horovitz

October 24, 2017

My First SONY, A One-Man Play

Co-sponsored by the Brandeis Hebrew Program and the Israeli Consulate, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

Orality and its Effects in Ancient Mesopotamia

October 16, 2017

Dr. Martin Worthington, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Challenges in Writing Intellectual Biography: Two Views by Authors of New Books

October 16, 2017

Adi Gordon, Five College Assistant Professor of History, Amherst College

Amir Engel, Department for German Language and Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem