Winter 2014 Schedule











© Tove Janson.


Welcome back to wintery Chicago.

Here is our schedule for this winter. As you will notice, this winter we have more workshops concerned with things medieval, while not forsaking contemporary issues too. Following on the successful meeting last quarter, we are hosting another workshop at the house of Prof. Mendes-Flohr, this time with a discussion by Professors Orit Bashkin and Na’ama Rokem.

January 7: “Abraham and the absoluteness of God,” Jon Levenson (Harvard University). 4:30-6:00 pm. Swift lecture hall (3rd floor). Co-sponsored with the Lumen Christi Institute. Check here more details.

January 14: “Jews in context: the scholarly examination of Jews within majority culture,” Orit Bashkin and Na’ama Rokem (University of Chicago). 7:00-9:00pm. At the house of Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr. with Light dinner. Please RSVP at

January 29: “Animals in the Garden of Eden: Carnivorousness and Eschatology in Medieval Jewish Thought,” David Shyovitz (Northwestern University). 4:30-6:00pm. Rosenwald 405. Cosponsored with the Animal Studies workshop.

February 11: “The Preacher and the Jews: The View from the Maghreb,” Liran Yadgar (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago). 1:30-3:00pm. Swift 406.

February 25: “Kant and Judaism,” Adam Yale Stern (visiting PhD student, Harvard University). respondent: Larisa Reznik (UChicago) 1:30-3:00pm. Swift 406.

March 11: “Short(hand) Stories: Unexplicated Story Cues in the Babylonian Talmud,” Daniel Rosenberg (PhD candidate, NYU). 1:30-3:00 pm. Swift 406.