David Nirenberg on Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Thursday, March 7th at 12 noon in Classics 110 — Professor David Nirenberg (Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought) will facilitate a discussion with us about what it means and entails to write as an academic scholar for non-academic audiences. As we plunge deeper and deeper into scholarly specializations and focused projects, many of us undoubtedly wrestle with how to meaningfully “translate” our academic concerns for broader audiences. As Prof. Nirenberg wrote last year in The Nation“What is my work? How can I make that work visible, its interest tangible? Since the early nineteenth century the artist’s studio has been a space of excited visitation…But the solitary sitter in the historian’s study attracts no voyeurs. What thrill is to be found in hours of stillness, the occasional rustle of paper, the all too intermittent clicking of computer keys?” In this joint meeting of the Jewish Studies and Medieval Studies workshops, Prof. Nirenberg will share reflections on these crucial questions, and converse with us about the joys, challenges, and importance of scholarly communication with the public. Prior to the meeting, please read Prof. Nirenberg’s review of Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole’s Sacred Trash in The Nation, and his review of Ruth HaCohen’s The Music Libel against the Jews in the New Republic
This program is co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop.
If you have any questions or need special assistance, please email shonkoff@uchicago.edu. 

John Tolan–“Western European Jewry in the first age of expulsion: 1182-1306”

The Medieval Studies and Jewish Studies Workshops are pleased to invite you to a joint session, to be held on Friday, February 22, from 12-1:30 PM in Wieboldt 207.

John Tolan, Professor of History (Université de Nantes), will discuss his paper, “Western European Jewry in the first age of expulsion: 1182-1306.” David Frankel, PhD Student in History of Judaism, will offer a prepared response.
Coffee and tea will be served. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch and to read the pre-circulated paper: click here for the paper.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu

2/12 Michael Fishbane– “Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology: A Jewish Model”

Please join us as Professor Michael Fishbane will present his paper “Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology: A Jewish Model.” The paper can be downloaded here. The program will include prepared responses from Professor Richard Rosengarten and Bevin Blaber (PhD student in Philosophy of Religions).

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 12th at 4:30pm in Swift 106. 

A reception will follow in the Swift Hall Common Room. The event is co-sponsored by the Hebrew Bible Workshop and the Center for Jewish Studies.

If you have any questions, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu.

See you there!


Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology