Events

Upcoming Events

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Elias Sacks - Jewish Studies Colloquium

February 14, 2023

The Tauber Institute's next Jewish Studies Colloquium will feature Elias Sacks, director of the Jewish Publication Society, presenting his paper "Do Citizens Need to be Philosophers? Nachman Krochmal's Diasporic Jewish Politics." The event will be held in person in Lown 315 at 12:45pm Eastern on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, and streamed live on Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served. 

Registration is required for Zoom but not for in-person guests.

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The 59th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

March 9, 2023

Susan Neiman will deliver the 59th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 7:30pm Eastern in Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Brandeis University, and streaming live on Zoom. The event is free and open to the public.

Susan Neiman is an American philosopher and writer, and the director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. She has written extensively on the Enlightenment, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and politics. Her work shows that philosophy is a living force for contemporary thinking and action.

The Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture is named for Simon Rawidowicz (1896–1957), one of the most innovative Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century and a founding member of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
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Jordan Katz - Jewish Studies Colloquium

March 14, 2023

The Tauber Institute's Jewish Studies Colloquium will be hosting Jordan Katz of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as she presents her paper "Registers of Belonging, Registers of Difference: Early Modern Jewish Midwives and their Records." The event will be held in person in Lown 315 at 12:45pm Eastern, Tuesday, March 14, 2023, and streamed live on Zoom.

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Sven-Erik Rose - Jewish Studies Colloquium

April 25, 2023

The Tauber Institute will be welcoming Sven-Erik Rose from the University of California, Davis, for the final installment of the Jewish Studies Colloquium of the academic year. He will be presenting his paper "Making and Unmaking Literature in Nazi Ghettos in Poland". This event will be take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 12:45pm Eastern in person in Lown 315, and streamed live on Zoom.

Recent Events

Joshua Picard in front of stone building
Joshua Picard - Jewish Studies Colloquium

January 24, 2023

Joshua Picard of Princeton University presented the paper "The Precedents and Origin of Djerba's Or Torah Fund" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on January 24, 2023. The video recording is forthcoming. 

Book cover of Gilad Sharvit's book "Dynamic Repetition".
Book Launch of Gilad Sharvit's "Dynamic Repetition"

December 5, 2022

The launch of Dynamic Repetition: History and Messianism in Modern Jewish Thought, the newest title in the Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University Press was held by the Tauber Institute on December 5, 2022. Author Gilad Sharvit was in conversation with Prof. Eugene Sheppard, discussing the book described by Martin Jay as "[a]nalytically rigorous, boldly imaginative, and lucidly written" that "demonstrates how that most improbable of hopes is itself a revenant that refuses to die."

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Elisabeth Gallas with a city sidewalk in the background
Elisabeth Gallas - Jewish Studies Colloquium

November 4, 2022

Elisabeth Gallas of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture-Simon Dubnow, and fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, presented the paper "A Jewish Bill of Indictment: The New York Black Book of 1946" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on November 4, 2022. The video recording is forthcoming. 

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Michal Bar-Asher Siegal - Jewish Studies Colloquium

October 25, 2022

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Associate Professor in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, presented the paper "Ifra Hormiz: Talmudic Stories of the Persian Queen Mother and the Bavli's Redaction" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on October 25, 2022. The video recording is forthcoming. 

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Na'ama Rokem - Jewish Studies Colloquium

September 13, 2022

Na'ama Rokem, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature & Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, presented the paper "Pedagogy, Language, and Labor Politics in Kafka's Hebrew Notebooks" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium  on September 13, 2022. The video recording is forthcoming. 

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"Memories of the Eichmann Trial": Film Screening and Panel Discussion

April 12, 2022

On Tuesday, April 12, the Tauber Institute cosponsored a free screening of the new digital restoration of Memories of the Eichmann Trial (Dir. David Perlov, 1979, Hebrew & Polish w/ English subtitles) at the Wasserman Cinematheque at Brandeis University. The event was presented by the National Center for Jewish Film.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Yael Perlov, Professor Laura Jockusch, and NCJF Executive Director Sharon Pucker Rivo, introduced by Professor Jonathan Sarna.

David Perlov’s 1979 documentary Memories of the Eichmann Trial reveals the trial’s pivotal role in Israeli society through intimate interviews with Holocaust survivors, Israelis of the second generation, and others directly involved in the case. Broadcast only once on Israeli television, the film was rediscovered and restored by the Perlov family in partnership with the Yad Vashem Visual Center, with support from the Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory in Israel.

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Kim Wünschmann - Jewish Studies Colloquium

April 12, 2022

Kim Wünschmann, director of the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, presented the paper "How to Draw German-Jewish History? The Graphic History Project 'Oberbrechen: A German Village Confronts its Nazi Past'" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on April 12, 2022. 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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Annette Yoshiko Reed
The 58th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

April 7, 2022

The 58th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture featured Annette Yoshiko Reed of New York University presenting "Forgetting Second Temple Judaism: History, Memory, and the Dead Sea Scrolls" on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 PM Eastern. The event streamed live on Zoom. The recording will be posted on the Tauber Institute website in the next few weeks.

Annette Yoshiko Reed is a Professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Department of 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). 

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Shira Billet - Jewish Studies Colloquium

March 15, 2022

Shira Billet of Yale University presented the paper "Hermann Cohen's Virtue Ethics: Power and Agency within the Experience of Marginalization" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. 

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Daniella Farah - Jewish Studies Colloquium

February 15, 2022

Daniella Farah of Rice University presented the paper "From the 'Wretched' to the 'Bourgeoisie': Jews in Modern Iran" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on February 15, 2022.

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David Shyovitz
David Shyovitz - Jewish Studies Colloquium

January 18, 2022

David Shyovitz of Northwestern University presented the paper "Soul Food and Salvation in Medieval Ashkenaz: the Ambrosian Bible's 'Heavenly Banquet' Revisited" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on January 18, 2022. 

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