The Tauber Institute is devoted to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society. It has a special interest in studying the Holocaust and its aftermath within the context of modern European intellectual, political and social history.

The institute is organized on a multidisciplinary basis with the participation of scholars in Jewish studies, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature and other disciplines. The institute was founded in 1980 as a result of a major benefaction by Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber and is named in honor of his parents.

Classes with Faculty Associates

The Tauber Institute is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 classes taught by our esteemed faculty associates:

Jonathan Decter
Jews in the World of Islam (NEJS 144a)
Examines social and cultural history of Jewish communities in the Islamic world. Special emphasis is placed on the pre-modern Jewish communities.

ChaeRan Freeze
Gender, Ghettos, and the Geographies of Early Modern Jews (NEJS 140b)
This course explores Jewish migrations through Europe and the Americas to form new communities from the fifteenth to late eighteenth centuries. It will focus on everyday life, family, material culture, religion (mysticism, magic, messianic movements, conversion), and society. The course will focus on gender, space (i.e., the ghetto, urban neighborhoods, slave plantations in Suriname, etc.), and geography.

Eugene Sheppard
Hegel: Self-Consciousness and Freedom in the Phenomenology of Spirit (PHIL 167a)
Prerequisite: PHIL 1a or equivalent. Offers a close reading of Hegel and pays special attention to his analyses of the changing patterns of understanding and self-understanding and the way in which he opens up these transformations for the reader to experience. In his modern paradigm, the Subject and the Object of thought necessarily affect one another's potential, essence, and fate. And through a rational comprehension of role of Spirit (Geist) in thought and the world, we can see how they become inextricably bound together. Indeed, for Hegel, the dialectic between subject and object provides the very ground for the self-aware and free subject to participate in modern life.

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