Monday, March 11th – Paul Reitter Book Talk – “The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon”

On Monday, March 11th at 4:30pm in Swift Hall 106, the Jewish Studies Workshop is excited to host Dr. Paul Reitter, Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University. Dr. Reitter will discuss his new English translation of the Autobiography of Solomon Maimon, and read from the book. Dr. Reitter’s translation is the first complete and annotated English translation of this work.

According to the publisher:

“Solomon Maimon’s autobiography has delighted readers for more than two hundred years, from Goethe, Schiller, and George Eliot to Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt…. Born into a down-on-its-luck provincial Jewish family in 1753, Maimon quickly distinguished himself as a prodigy in learning. Even as a young child, he chafed at the constraints of his Talmudic education and rabbinical training. He recounts how he sought stimulation in the Hasidic community and among students of the Kabbalah—and offers rare and often wickedly funny accounts of both. After a series of picaresque misadventures, Maimon reached Berlin, where he became part of the city’s famed Jewish Enlightenment and achieved the philosophical education he so desperately wanted, winning acclaim for being the ‘sharpest’ of Kant’s critics, as Kant himself described him.”

Dr. Reitter’s translation of Solomon Maimon’s autobiography may be purchased at the Seminary Co-Op bookstore, where it is currently featured on the display table for notable new books in religion and philosophy.

Winter Quarter 2019 Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held on Mondays from 5:00-6:30pm in Swift Hall 106.

January 7th – Professor Na’ama Rokem, NELC & Comparative Literature
“Arendt’s Itineraries”
5:00pm, Swift Hall 106

CANCELLED – Thursday, January 17th – Professor Josef Stern, William H. Colvin Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, the University of Chicago
Founding Director of the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
“Maimonides and His Predecessors on Dying for God as ‘Sanctification of the Name of God'”
4:30pm, Swift Hall 106

Note: We have had to cancel the above workshop due to unforeseen health issues.

February 4th – Yiftach Ofek, PhD Candidate, Divinity
“On Political Theory and the Writing of History: Yitzhak Baer’s Israel Among the Nations Reconsidered”
5:00pm, Swift Hall 106

February 11th – Workshop on Teaching Jewish Studies
with UChicago Professors Jessica Kirzane (Germanic Studies), Na’ama Rokem (NELC & Comparative Literature) & Jeffrey Stackert (Divinity)
**Co-sponsored with the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies**
5:00pm, Swift Hall 106

February 20th (Wednesday) – Mendel Kranz, PhD Student, Divinity
“On the Borders of Europe: Zionism and (Post) Colonialism in Memmi and Levinas”
**Co-sponsored with the Philosophy of Religions Workshop**
12:30pm, Swift Hall 200

February 25th – Michal Peles-Almagor, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature
“Autumn in Berlin: Intertextuality in Leah Goldberg’s Fiction”
5:00pm, Swift Hall 106

Thursday, March 7th – Mili Leitner Cohen, PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology
“What Women Want: The Weaponization of Women’s Sung Prayer at Jerusalem’s Western Wall”
**Co-sponsored with EthNoise!: The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop**
5:00pm, Rosenwald 301

March 11th – Professor Paul Reitter, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University
Book Talk on Solomon Maimon
4:30pm, Swift Hall 106