Thursday, March 1, 2017 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Old Main Theater, CU Boulder Campus
Singing! Dancing! Fun!
Join the students of CU Boulder's Hebrew classes and the Program in Jewish Studies for our third annual Shmooze-A-Palooza, a celebration of the Hebrew classes and community at CU!
Open to ALL CU Boulder students, faculty and staff of ALL backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish. You don’t need to know Hebrew to attend!
The night will be filled with a variety of musical and dance performances by CU Boulder Hebrew students.
Public Lecture with Professor Matt Goldish
2017 Annual Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar
Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Old Main Theater, CU Boulder Campus
The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado presents a public lecture featuring the 2017 Annual Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar, Professor Matt Goldish.
In his public lecture, Professor Goldish will focus on three enormous events that occurred in Spain during 1492: the end of the centuries-long war to end Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula; the voyage of Christopher Columbus; and the expulsion of the Jews. These events are intimately connected, and their intersection runs directly through Spanish expectations about the messiah. Is it possible that we did not learn everything there is to know about Columbus in school? Find out from a Columbus resident.
Matt Goldish is a Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Ohio State University and holds the Melton Chair in Jewish History. He is the Program in Jewish Studies' fifth annual Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar.
Professor Goldish's research interests focus on the Western Sepharadi Diaspora and the Portuguese Conversos of Amsterdam, London, and Hamburg. His book, The Sabbatean Prophets, deals with the role of prophecy in the great messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi, which swept the Jewish world in 1665-1666. Additionally, he works on the seventeenth century, and his monograph, Judaism in the Theology of Sir Isaac Newton, revolves around the impact of Jewish ideas and literature on European intellectuals at the dawn of the Enlightenment. His latest book is Jewish Questions: Response on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period (2008).
Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium with Professor Matt Goldish
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Open to CU Faculty and Graduate Students | RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for location and pre-circulated reading. | Lunch will be served.
The aftermath of the Sabbatai Zevi movement, which peaked in 1665-1666, brought confusion to the Jewish world. It also triggered almost all of the responses described in the famous thesis of Festinger et al., When Prophecy Fails. In this colloquium, we will visit one of the major centers of movement, the home of the wealthy mystic Abraham Rovigo, in the city of Modena, for a glimpse at how some of the faithful dealt with the crisis.
Professor Matt Goldish's visit celebrates the Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholars Endowed Fund, honoring the lives of Howard and Sondra Bender, devoted parents of four children and eleven grandchildren, including CU graduate Eileen Greenberg, and grandchildren CU graduates Joshua (and spouse Adriane), Rachael, and Daniel Greenberg. Active members of the community in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, MD, Howard and Sondra served on many boards and held leadership positions in many non-profit organizations. They were extraordinary builders of buildings, Jewish life and education as well as passionate devotees of family and horse breeding. The Bender Foundation has generously endowed the Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholars Fund to honor the lives of Sondra and Howard, who cherished Jewish culture, celebrated education, and lived life to the fullest.
The Puritans: Heirs to the Hebrew Bible
"Arts, Culture, and Education at the J" Scholar Series
with Professor Nan Goodman
7 PM | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Many people know that the Puritans - the Protestant Reformers who came to New England in the seventeenth century - saw themselves as heirs to the ancient Jews, referring to themselves the “surrogate Israel.” Less well known, however, is the deep intellectual and religious investment of the Puritan elite in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish history, ancient and contemporaneous. This talk will examine some of these strange and often mysterious connections.
Professor Nan Goodman, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies and Professor of English, works at the intersection of the law and the humanities. She is rostered in the English Department at CU, has taught at CU’s law school, and in the spring of 2011 served as a Visiting Professor of Law and the Humanities at Georgetown Law Center. Professor Goodman has a PhD from Harvard and a JD from Stanford.