2018 Sondra & Howard Bender Visiting Scholar

In Search of Turkey's Jews

Public Talks with Renown Photographer, Laurence Salzmann
2018 Sondra & Howard Bender Visiting Scholar

In Search of Turkey's Jews
Public Lecture
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
NEW LOCATION: Chancellor's Silver and Gold Room
University Club, 972 Broadway, Boulder, CO
Free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated.
Turkey's Jews Revisited (1984-2012)
Exhibition Walk-Through

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO

THIS EVENT IS NOW AT CAPACITY.

Pre-registration is required for waitlist.

Please RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for the public lecture.

Pre-register here for the exhibition walk-through.


Photograph of children from Laurence Salzmann's collectionThe University of Colorado Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies, the Boulder Jewish Community Center (JCC), and cosponsors are pleased to welcome reknown photographer, Laurence Salzmann, as the Program in Jewish Studies’ 2018 Annual Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar.

When photographer Laurence Salzmann and anthropologist Ayse Gürsan-Salzmann received an invitation from the Beth Hatfutsot Museum in Tel Aviv and the Quincentennial Foundation of Istanbul to document Jewish monuments in Turkey, a three-month stay became a five-year visit. From 1984-1989, the Salzmanns photographed and chronicled the lives of Turkey’s Sephardic Jewish community, in their first year alone visiting over 25 sites where Jews have lived for over 500 years. Twenty-five years later, on a return trip to Turkey from 2012-2013, the Salzmanns revisited the Jewish communities of Antakaya, Istanbul and Izmir, taking additional photos and videos of Turkish Jewish life.

In his public lecture, In Search of Turkey's Jews, Salzmann will explore the Sephardic communities of Turkey, using his extensive collection of photographs and notes about the people the Salzmanns met, places they visited, and lessons they learned along the way. The lecture will take place Thursday, April 19, 7:00PM - 8:30PM in the University Club building, Chancellor's Silver and Gold room on the CU Boulder's campus. RSVPs are appreciated to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu.

A selection of Salzmann’s photographs from his exhibit, Turkey’s Jews Revisited (1984-2012), will be on display at the Boulder Jewish Community Center from April 9 – May 18, 2018. Salzmann will lead a lunchtime walk-through of this exhibition, Thursday, April 19, 11:30AM - 1:00PM at the Boulder JCC. Lunch will be served; space is limited. This event is now at capacity. Pre-registration is required to be placed on a waitlist (no walk-ins). Click here to pre-register for the waitlist.  The prints in Turkey's Jews Revisited are pigment prints made by the photographer on archival papers. All prints are for sale.

About Laurence Salzmann

Photographer Laurence Salzmann Headshot, Black & WhiteLaurence Salzmann is a native of Philadelphia who has worked as a photographer and filmmaker since the early 1960s. His projects document the lives of little known groups in America and abroad. He looks at the lives of people ranging from occupants of single room occupancy hotels in New York City to transhumant shepherds in Transylvania, residents of a Mexican village, and Philadelphia mummers. His photographic study of a nearly extinct Jewish community in Romania was published as The Last Jews of Radauti by Dial/Doubleday in 1983, with text by Ayse Gürsan-Salzmann. Supported by a Fulbright grant, Salzmann is currently working in Peru on a new project titled Misk'l Kachi // Sweet Salt (2016-2018). 

Salzmann's photographic method is deeply informed by his background in anthropology and involves long-term participation in and observation of groups or events. His work illustrates how lives and events are shaped by the environments and conditions in which people live. Salzmann has won multiple awards for his work and has been featured in museums and galleries throughout the world.

Learn More on Laurence Salzmann's Website 

The annual Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar series is generously supported by the Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholars Endowed Fund, honoring the lives of Sondra and Howard Bender. 

Learn More about Sondra and Howard Bender


These events are hosted by CU Boulder's Program in Jewish Studies and Boulder Jewish Community Center and are generously supported by a grant from CU Boulder's Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Laurence Salzmann's visit is part of the Community Talks Series, made possible in part by a grant from Rose Community Foundation. A subscription series, Community Talks features nationally and internationally renown 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.  Learn more and subscribe today.

2018 Week of Jewish Philosophy

Is Messianic Hope Worthwhile?:
The Case of Jacob Taubes

Colloquium with Professor Martin Kavka

2018 Week of Jewish Philosophy – Religion and Messianism

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM
University of Colorado Boulder Campus

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for pre-circulated reading and location information.


One needs only to go to a news website—any news website—to tap into hope for something better. In the language of the Jewish and Christian traditions, this hope has often been expressed as a hope for redemption, as a specifically messianic hope. The mid-twentieth century saw a debate about whether such hope was worthwhile, with the influential historian of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) arguing for a cautious embrace of messianism as a historical force, and his erstwhile friend Jacob Taubes (1923–1987), one of the post-Holocaust era’s most controversial and notorious rabbis, arguing against this attitude. This seminar will assess Taubes's response to Scholem, and its implicit charge that Judaism should be more like Christianity.

Professor Kavka's visit marks the fourth annual Week of Jewish Philosophy, a joint initiative presented by DU's Center for Judaic Studies and CU's Program in Jewish Studies.

About Martin Kavka

Professo Martin KavkaMartin Kavka is Professor of Religion at Florida State University, where he teaches courses in Jewish studies and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded the first Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Philosophy and Jewish Thought by the Association for Jewish Studies (2008), and the co-editor of five books, including Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology (Indiana University Press), as well as the co-editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.

These events are hosted by CU Boulder's Program in Jewish Studies and DU's Center for Judaic Studies and are generously supported by CU's Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures and Department of Religious Studies.


2018 Week of Jewish Philosophy Events

In addition to the colloquium held at CU Boulder, Professor Kavka will present two events at the University of Denver. Please click on each title below for more details.