Recent Events

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?


  • 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