Winter 2014 Schedule

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 ...

3/12 Erik Dreff: “Contributing to the study of Spinoza and his legacy: a proposal”

3/12 Erik Dreff:
© Charles Schulz. Erik Dreff, PhD student at the Divinity School, will present his dissertation proposal, dealing with the issue of the Love of God in Spinoza’s thought. Please email Ori at to be sent the text of Erik’s proposal. Scott Ferguson, PhD at the Divinity school will respond. Swift 406. 4:30-6:00 pm. Tea, ...

19/11 Assaf Harel: “The times of Jewish settlers in the West Bank”

19/11 Assaf Harel:
© Assaf Harel 2010 Assaf Harel, Phd candidate at the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, works on the anthropology of time.  Harel will speak with us about his research, conducted among West Bank Jewish settlers. In preparation for Assaf’s presentation, please read the articles by Eldar and Zertal and by Ravitzky, and also the Miracle Stories ...

5/11 Larisa Resnik: “Rosenzweig’s Luther: Or, Germanness Gone ‘Mad’ “

5/11 Larisa Resnik:
© John Tenniel, 1865.   Larisa Resnik, PhD candidate at the Divinity School will present a chapter from her dissertation on Franz Rosenzweig. Please download the chapter here. Francesca Consolaro, visiting PhD student from the Università degli Studi di Verona will respond. Regenstein 503. 4:30-6:00 pm. Coffee and tea to keep you warm.    

22/10 David Myers: “A Hasidic municipality in New York: As American as Apple Pie?“

22/10 David Myers:
© 2011.   David N. Myers, Professor of Modern Jewish thought and chair of the Department of History at UCLA, will discuss a chapter from his book project on the Satmar Hassidic community in Kirjas Joel, a Hasidic- only municipality in NY. Please read Professor Myers’s short introduction , his table of contents, and ...

Autumn 2013 Schedule

Autumn 2013 Schedule
  © 2013 Michal Na’aman   Welcome back to a new workshop year. This Autumn Quarter we will be meeting every second Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:00 pm, at the Joseph Regenstein Library, room 503 unless noted otherwise. This year we are going to put an emphasis on the wider context of Jewish studies, as ...

Davi Strauss Bernstein — “The Bitburg Crisis”

Davi Strauss Bernstein --
 Davi Strauss Bernstein (PhD student in History) will present his paper “The Bitburg Crisis.” Please download the paper here, and read it in advance. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.  Tuesday, May 7th at 4:30 in Swift 208 (note change of location!) If you are in need of special assitance, please contact  

4/23 Shaul Magid—Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism and the ‘Christianization’ of Modern Judaism

4/23  Shaul Magid—Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism and the 'Christianization' of Modern Judaism
Shaul Magid (Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University) will present a chapter from his manuscript-in-progress, Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism and the ‘Christianization’ of Modern Judaism. The chapter itself is entitled “Divinization and ‘Incarnational Thinking’ in Hasidism: An Overview.” Please download the chapter here and read it in advance. Also, in order to get a better sense ...

David Nirenberg on Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Thursday, March 7th at 12 noon in Classics 110 — Professor David Nirenberg (Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought) will facilitate a discussion with us about what it means and entails to write as an academic scholar for non-academic audiences. As we plunge deeper and deeper into scholarly specializations and focused projects, many of us undoubtedly wrestle with ...

John Tolan–“Western European Jewry in the first age of expulsion: 1182-1306”

John Tolan--
The Medieval Studies and Jewish Studies Workshops are pleased to invite you to a joint session, to be held on Friday, February 22, from 12-1:30 PM in Wieboldt 207. John Tolan, Professor of History (Université de Nantes), will discuss his paper, “Western European Jewry in the first age of expulsion: 1182-1306.” David Frankel, PhD Student ...