Events

Upcoming Events

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Martin Dean - Jewish Studies Colloquium

November 16, 2021

This meeting of the Jewish Studies Colloquium will feature Martin Dean of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center presenting the paper "Babyn Yar 80 Years Later: New Findings, Areas of Dispute, and Remaining Questions." This event will stream live on Zoom on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30pm Eastern. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The forum engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity. Registration is required!
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Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

Join Charles Dellheim, author of Belonging and Betrayal, to mark the recent publication and discuss the stories behind the book in a series of events, which extends beyond both sides of the Atlantic, from nineteenth century to the present. Registration is required for each of these events!

  • Talk with Temple Isaiah (Lexington, MA), October 25th @ 7:30-9:00 PM. Register now!
  • Jews and Modern Art three-part course, taught by Charles Dellheim. Tuesday, November 2, 9, and 16 @ 3-4 PM EST. Register now!
  • Talk with the Streicker Center at Temple Emanu-El, November 10th @ 7:00 PM. Register now!
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (London) event featuring Charles Dellheim, December 6th @ 12 AM. Register now!
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The 58th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

April 7, 2022

The next Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture will feature Annette Yoshiko Reed of New York University presenting "Forgetting Second Temple Judaism" on Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 PM Eastern. The event will take place in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Brandeis University Library. Save the date! 

Annette Yoshiko Reed is a Professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Program in Religious Studies at New York University. Her research spans Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and Jewish/Christian relations in Late Antiquity, with a special concern for retheorizing religion, identity, and difference. Her books include Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity (Cambridge 2005), Jewish-Christianity and the History of Judaism (Mohr Siebeck, 2018), Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (with John Reeves; Oxford 2018), and Demons, Angels, and Writing in Ancient Judaism (Cambridge 2020)

Recent Events

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Devi Mays - Jewish Studies Colloquium

October 12, 2021

This meeting of the Jewish Studies Colloquium featured Devi Mays of the University of Michigan, presenting the paper "Two Steps from the Abyss: An Ottoman Jewish Witness to War." This event streamed live on Zoom on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The forum engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity.
Portrait of David Koffman
David Koffman - Jewish Studies Colloquium

September 14, 2021

This meeting of the Jewish Studies Colloquium featured David Koffman of York University, presenting the paper "Métis, Jews, and the Politics of Counting Difference in Canada." This event streamed live on Zoom on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The forum engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity.

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Interview with Tauber Author Cedric Cohen-Skalli on Abravanel

April 29, 2021

Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508) was one of the great inventors of Jewish modernity. A merchant, banker, and court financier, a scholar versed in both Jewish and Christian writings, a preacher and exegete, a prominent political actor in royal entourages and Jewish communities, Abravanel was one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of Iberian Jewry in the aftermath of the expulsion of 1492.

Author Cedric Cohen-Skalli (University of Haifa) will be joined by Jonathan Decter (Brandeis University) in an interview by Avi Staiman, CEO of Academic Language Experts, to discuss Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography, the first new intellectual biography of Abravanel in twenty years, which depicts his life in three cultural milieus—Portugal, Castile, and post-expulsion Italy—and analyzes his major literary accomplishments in each period.
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Noam Sienna - Jewish Studies Colloquium

April 20, 2021

This meeting of the Jewish Studies Colloquium featured Noam Sienna of the University of Minnesota, presenting the paper "'Sit and Study This Book with Your Family': Print Culture in 19th-Century North Africa." This event streamed live on Zoom on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30pm Eastern. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The forum engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity.

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Launch of Brandeis Library Volume on Hasidism

April 15, 2021

Hasidism has attracted, repelled and bewildered philosophers, historians and theologians since its inception in the 18th century. In Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World, Ariel Evan Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff present students and scholars with a vibrant and polyphonic set of Hasidic confrontations with the modern world. 

To mark the publication of this volume, a recent addition to the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought, editors Mayse and Shonkoff,  joined by Eugene Sheppard, associate director of the Tauber Institute and editor of the BLMJT, discussed the book and its selections, which consciously move between everyday lived experience and the most ineffable mystical secrets, reflecting the multidimensional nature of this unusual religious and social movement.
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Joseph Sassoon - Jewish Studies Colloquium

March 23, 2021

The most recent meeting of the Jewish Studies Colloquium featured Joseph Sassoon of Georgetown University, who presented the paper "The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons." This event streamed live on Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30pm. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The forum engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity. 

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The Lives and Legacies of A.D. Gordon: A Retrospective

March 16, 2021

A Symposium Marking the 100th Year Since his Passing
March 2, March 9, and March 16 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST
Via Zoom 

Nearly a century since his passing, the life and work of Aharon David Gordon (1856-1922) have drawn renewed attention. A flurry of new publications from manuscripts, scholarly studies, and renewed popular interest in Gordon among social activists and artists, point to the vitality of his thought, as a point of entry into Zionist history, and a means of exploring Jewish cultural and social renaissance today. This major figure is little-known in the English-speaking world. The symposium was organized by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies in cooperation with the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.

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Sarit Kattan Gribetz - Jewish Studies Colloquium

February 23, 2021

This meeting of the Jewish Studies Colloquium featured Sarit Kattan Gribetz of Fordham University, who presented the paper "Jerusalem's Ancient Queens: Gender, Power, and Erasure." This event streamed live on Zoom on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30pm. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The forum engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity.

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