2018 Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar

French Senator and Professor Esther Benbassa

Esther BenbassaThe Program in Jewish Studies is thrilled to welcome French senator and renowned Sephardic scholar Professor Esther Benbassa to serve as the 2018 Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar. Professor Benbassa will be in residence at CU Boulder April 18-19, 2018. During her residency, Professor Benbassa will present a public lecture on Sephardim, Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00PM in Old Main Theater.

Professor Benbassa's visit is part of the Community Talks Series, made possible in part by a grant from Rose Community Foundation.


Professor Benbassa's visit is made possible by the Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholars Endowed Fund, honoring the lives of Sondra and Howard Bender.

Thank you to the Bender Foundation and the family of Eileen and Richard Greenberg for their generous support!

In 2012, the Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholars Endowed Fund was established to help bring leading scholars in Jewish culture, history, language and religion to CU campuses to further the curricular goals of CU’s Program in Jewish Studies.  Attending lectures by leading scholars in this growing field provides students with the opportunity to learn from a broad range of academics.  In addition, visiting lecturers create a unique opportunity for the Program in Jewish Studies and CU to engage both students and the local community.  Public lectures catalyze discussions that include participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, enhancing students’ ability to think about issues beyond the walls of the classroom.