Jewish Studies Community Talks - 2017 - 2018The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to announce our brand-new lecture series, Community Talks, made possible by a grant from Rose Community Foundation and participant donations.

A subscription series, Community Talks features nationally and international renowned scholars, authors, artists, and performers for themed public events with the goal of enriching community learning and expanding access to academic programming on Jewish culture and history. In Fall 2017, Community Talks will focus on the theme of “Jewish Mysticisms.” In Spring 2018, we will turn the topic “Sefarad and Beyond,” followed by “Explorations of Yiddish” for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Learn about our upcoming Community Talks and how to subscribe below!

Jewish Mysticisms – Fall 2017

Launched with a lecture this past Spring on the Jews of Spain with our 2017 Sondra D. Bender Scholar, Professor Matthew Goldish, Community Talks will continue our exploration of “Jewish Mysticisms” through Fall 2017.

In October, we welcome Amy Milligan, Professor Amy Milligan as our 2017 Jim and Diane Shneer Fellow in Post-Holocaust American Judaism. Professor Milligan will give a colloquium on her current research, "Renewing Her Body: The Body as Ritual Feminist Text in the Jewish Renewal Movement, 1970-2015."

In November, the series will feature SHE: Third Biannual Embodied Judaism Symposium and Exhibit. SHE will focus on the Shekhinah, a feminine divine presence that has influenced Jews from the ancient world through Second and Third Wave feminism and into the transgendered and environmental concerns of the present day. The symposium will feature presentations by community leader and author Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone, scholars Professor Joy Ladin and Professor Samuel Boyd, and a never before seen performance from internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl.

In December, we’ll host a Jewish Mysticism Working Group Round Table, featuring a discussion with David Sanders, Founder and Executive Director of the Denver-based Kabbalah Experience, and scholars Professor Sarah Pessin, Professor Zvi Ish-Shalom, and Professor Nan Goodman. The Round Table will bring together scholars, students, and community members for an in-depth, academic exploration of contemporary Jewish mysticisms.

Sefarad and Beyond – Spring 2018

In Spring 2018, Community Talks will take up a new theme – “Sefarad and Beyond.”

In February, the series will feature an evening with the celebrated author and journalist, Ariel Sabar, "Paradise Lost and Found: How a Jewish Kid from Los Angeles Traveled to Wartime Iraq in Search of Roots, Reconciliation and His Father's Improbable Life Story." Sabar is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel, My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq.

In March, we welcome celebrated scholar Aviva Ben-Ur, Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at UMass Amherst, for a public lecture on aspects of Portuguese Jewish communities in hemispheric American slave societies.

In April, we are pleased to feature renowned Sephardic scholar, Professor Esther Benbassa, who will serve as the Program in Jewish Studies’ 2018 Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar. Benbassa, a French-Turkish-Israeli, is a member of the French Senate and an award-winning historian and politician.

How to Subscribe to Community Talks

Guarantee your spot at all of our Community Talks events by becoming a subscription member! A donation of $180 will ensure that you are automatically RSVP’d to the entire Community Talks series for the academic year. Subscribers will also receive sneak previews of upcoming events and exclusive offers, including intimate dinners and salons with visiting speakers.

Smaller donations are also accepted and help ensure that the Program in Jewish Studies can continue offering premier academic programming for our community, promote lifelong learning about Jewish culture and history, and fulfill the University’s mandate to support community education.

Students can become Community Talks subscribers for FREE! Register on the student link below.

Donate to the Jewish Studies Community Programming Fund

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