Lectures

ChaeRan Freeze speaks from a podium

The Tauber Institute organizes numerous lectures throughout the academic year to keep Brandeis faculty and staff abreast of current research and trends in all fields of Jewish Studies.

In addition, the Tauber Institute also organizes thematically-based lecture series designed to provide students and academics with a more in-depth look at a particular area of scholarly inquiry.

Upcoming Lectures

Photo of Annette Yoshiko Reed
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 Lectures

Faculty photo of Sarah Stein, against a blue background
57th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

November 11, 2020

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, the Viterbi Family Endowed Professor in Mediterranean Jewish Studies, & Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, delivered the 57th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture, "A Sephardic Family’s Journey Through the Twentieth Century," on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:00pm. 

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Michael Fishbane speaks at a podium
Fishbane: Natural Supernaturalism: Themes of Mystic Light and Despair in the Poetry of Chaim Nahman Bialik

November 13, 2019

The Tauber Institute hosted Professor Michael (Buzzy) Fishbane, Ph.D. '71, who delivered the 56th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Lecture, "Natural Supernaturalism: Themes of Mystic Light and Despair in the Poetry of Chaim Nahman Bialik." Professor Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.

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Samuel Moyn, delivering his lecture "Rights and Nationhood from 1948 to the Present"
Moyn: Rights and Nationhood

November 8, 2018

Samuel Moyn (Yale University) delivered the 55th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture, "Rights and Nationhood from 1948 to the Present." The Rawidowicz Lecture is sponsored by the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, with the support of the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. 

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