Autumn Quarter 2017 Schedule

October 2 – Opening Dinner (at the Home of Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr) – 6:00PM **Please RSVP for the address**


October 23 – Tzvi Schoenberg (PhD Student, Divinity School), “Names and Pronouns: The Reception of Maimonides’ account of Divine Names in Yosef Gikatilla’s Early Work;” respondent: David Cohen (PhD Student, Divinity School), Harper 150


November 6 – Mili Leitner (PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology), “Separate But Equal? The Palestine Broadcasting Service and the Racialization of Zionism in Mandatory Palestine;” Respondent: Chelsie May (PhD Candidate, NELC), Harper 150 **Begins at 5:15PM**


November 13 – Joel Swanson (MA, Divinity School),“Words Became Strangers: Edmond Jabès and the Hermeneutics of Exile;” Kirsten Collins (PhD Student, Divinity School), Harper 150 **Begins at 5:15PM**


November 27 – Ezra Blaustein (PhD Candidate, Divinity School), “The Impact of Islamic Notions of Abrogation on Maimonides’ Treatment of Temporary Commandments;” Jawad Qureshi (PhD Candidate, Divinity School, Islamic Studies), Harper 150 **Co-Sponsored with the Divinity School Islamic Studies Club**


December 6 – Michal Peles Almagor (PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature), “One City, Two Viennas: (re-)Writing Jewish-Hebrew Diaspora;” respondent: Matthew Johnson (PhD Student, Germanic Studies), Location TBA


Spring 2017 Schedule

Monday April 3, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 130: *Guest Speaker* Dr. Michael Berkowitz (Professor of Modern Jewish History, University College London): “Who Ran the Show? American Jews, Moviemaking during the Second World War, and New Perspectives from the Archives.”

Wednesday April 5, 4:30-6 PM, Wieboldt 206: *Guest Speaker* Dr. Jeffrey Shandler (Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University): “The Holocaust for Beginners: Yankev Glatshteyn’s ‘Emil un Karl’ and Other Wartime Writing for Young Readers.” Co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies, the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and the UChicago Yiddish Tish.

Monday May 1, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148: Annie Greene (PhD Student, NELC): “Reburying a Rabbi in Ottoman Baghdad.” Co-sponsored by the Islamic Studies Workshop. 

Monday May 15, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148: Anna Band (PhD Student, History): “At Home in the Pension: Jewish Spaces of Longing and Belonging in Weimar Berlin.”

Monday May 22, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148:  David Cohen (PhD Student, Divinity): “Yitzhak Ibn Latif: A Mystical Philosopher or a Philosophical Mystic? A Commentary on Tzror Ha’Mor Chapter Five.”

Monday June 5, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148: Mili Leitner (PhD Student, Ethnomusicology): “Musical Discourses of Racialization in Palestine, 1900-1948.” Co-sponsored by the EthNoise Workshop. 

Winter 2017 Schedule

January 23, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148: Grace Overbeke (PhD Candidate, Theatre and Drama, Northwestern): “Jean Caroll and the Beginning of Jewish Female Standup Comedians.”

February 6, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148: Erik Dreff (PhD Candidate, Divinity): “Ethics, Religion, and the Intellectual Love of God in Spinoza.” 

February 13, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 148: Matthew Katz (MDiv Student, Divinity): “The Chofetz Chaim and 21st Century Law and Ethics.”

February 27, 5-6:30 PM, Pick 319: Benny Bar-Lavi (PhD Student, History): Title”Joseph López’s ‘El Mantenedor’: Heresy, Enlightenment, and Interreligious Appropriation in eighteenth-century Sephardi AmsterdamCo-sponsored by the Early Modern Workshop.

March 6, 4:30-6 PM, Harper 130: *Guest Speaker* Dr. Rachel Seelig (Institute Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan): “Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature between East and West, 1919-1933.” Co-sponsored by the History of Judaism Club.