We seek to create a forum highlighting diverse approaches to the study of Jewish cultures and societies throughout the entire span of Jewish history, bringing together for discussion scholars and scholarship from a wide variety of disciplines and across intellectual boundaries.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming seminars.

Past Events 2019 - 20

Rebecca Kobrin, Harvard University
Russian Jewish Immigrant 'Bankers' and American Finance: The Case of Saul Singer and the Bank of United States

Past Events 2018 - 19

David Shyovitz, Northwestern University
Soul Food and Salvation: Eating Animals in Medieval Ashkenaz
David Biale, University of California, Davis
Redemption through Sin: The Biographical Background to Gershom Scholem's Most Famous Essay

Past Events 2017 - 18

Adam Afterman, Tel Aviv University
The Rise of the "Holy Spirit" in Thirteenth- to Sixteenth-Century Kabbalah
Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University
Archive Envy: An Early Modern Jewish Community and Its Records
Jeremy Cohen, Tel Aviv University
Engaging the Past, Envisioning the Future: Reflections of/on a Spanish Jewish Exile
Kathryn Hellerstein, University of Pennsylvania
Yiddish Chinoiserie: China in Modernist Yiddish Translations

Past Events 2016 - 17

Elliot Wolfson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Imagination, Theolatry, and the Compulsion to Worship the Invisible
Maurice Samuels, Yale University
The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews

Past Events 2015 - 16

Immanuel Etkes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The "GEDOILIM": A New Type of Haredi Spiritual Leadership
Assaf Gavron, San Diego State University
Translation Downtown is Not the Center of Town (or: ass or behind: thoughts and arguments)
Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Open University of Israel
Diaspora and Homeland – Israel and Africa in the Hebrew-Israeli literature of Beta Israel

Past Events 2014 - 15

Dara Horn, Harvard University
Literature and Belief: The Case of Yiddish Storytelling
Rachel Greenblatt, Harvard Divinity School
Between Medieval and Early Modern: Pigs and Processions in Jewish-Christian Relations in Central Europe
Lilach Lachman, Haifa University
Veiling and Unveiling: The Poetry of Yeshurun, Biton, and Pedaya
Xu Xin, Nanjing University
Jewish Studies in China: Past and New Developments

Past Events 2013 - 14

Marc Epstein, Vassar College
“Artist Anonymous, Patron Unknown: Iconography and Authorial Intention in the Medieval Haggadah”
Michael Fagenblat, Monash University
"The Passion of Israel at Auschwitz": Levinas' Conception of Jewish History
Michael Silber, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Yale University
Mobilizing the Past: Three 19th Century Hungarian Rabbis and the Jewish Historical Imagination
Rona Yona, Tel Aviv University
To the Land of Israel: Pioneer Popular Culture in Interwar Poland, Was Israeli Culture Created in Palestine or in the Diaspora?

Past Events 2012 - 13

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Talk title to be announced.
Leah Garrett, Monash University
"Jewish American War Novels of the 1940's"
Abraham Socher, Oberlin College
“Culture, Criticism and the Common Reader: A Case Study”
Benjamin Moser, writer, editor, ritic, and translator
“What’s Jewish About Clarice Linspector?”
Louise Hecht, Palacky University, Olomouc

“Transfer of Goods – Transfer of Knowledge: The Tobacco Monopoly and the Rise of the Modern Jewish Intellectual in the Hapsburg Monarchy”

Past Events 2011 - 12

Alana Newhouse, Tablet Magazine and Sara Ivry, Vox Tablet
Tablet and ‘Vox Tablet’: Chiseling a New Media Outlet for a New Jewish Era”
Gennady Estraikh, New York University and Itzik Gottesman, Yiddish Daily Forward
"The Yiddish Press in the Twenty-First Century"
Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
”The Appeal of ‘The Protocols of Zion’”

Past Events 2010 - 11

Na'ama Rokem, University of Chicago
"German-Hebrew Encounters in the Poetry and Correspondence of Yehuda Amichai and Paul Celan"