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Spring 2021

February 112:00pm CSTVirtualReading Noah's Ark in the Age of Climate ChangeThis will be a conversation between Dr. Rebecca Epstein-Levi, Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Julia Watts Belser, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown. This talk grapples with disability, and climate change, reading Jewish traditions about Noah and the biblical flood into conversation with queer feminist ethics, disability studies, and environmental justice work.

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February 1212:00pm CSTVirtualHebrew German Correspondences: Paul Celan, Elsa Lasker-Schüler & Max CzollekThis will be a conversation with
Na’ama Rokem, Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature at University of Chicago, Maya Barzilai, Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature and Jewish Culture at University of Michigan, and Simone Sterner, Assistant Professor German Studies at Vanderbilt University.

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March 164:00pm CSTVirtualThe American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: A Conversation between Lila Corwin Berman and Rob ReichA conversation between Lila Corwin Berman and Rob Reich about the past, present, and future of American Jewish giving.

What role has philanthropy played in a democratic society, and how have American Jews used philanthropy to participate in American civic and political life?

Join noted historian Lila Corwin Berman (Temple University and current Katz Center fellow) and political scientist Rob Reich (Stanford University) for a wide-ranging conversation on these and other questions in light of Dr. Berman’s book The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: the History of a Multi-Billion Dollar Institution (Princeton University Press).

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April 181:00pm CSTVirtualThe Future of Science, Technology & Entrepreneurship: Israel and BeyondThe Jewish Studies Department cordially invites you to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion with esteemed scholars in the fields of technology, medicine, and business about the intersection between the humanities and technology as well as the future of high-tech culture and entrepreneurship in Israel and beyond.

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Fall 2020

November 62:30-3:30pm CSTVirtual“This Hebrew is Heavy With Impending Catastrophe”: Teaching Hebrew in American Colleges with Mazalit HaimSponsored by the Center for Second Language Studies
November 91pm CSTVirtualFurther Reading: A Conversation with Israeli Artist Rami MaymonRami Maymon is an Israeli artist who lives and works in Tel Aviv. He is a faculty member at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and former chair of the Midrasha’s Photography Department in Beit-Berl. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist, the Rudin Prize from the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, the Israeli Lottery Council for Culture and Art Award, The Critics’ Choice Award in the Radical-Young Festival, Munich, and the Joshua Rabinowitz Foundation Prize for the Arts. Find him on Instagram @ramimaymon.
November 104pm CSTVirtual“The Diaphragm Debates: Protestants, Jews, Catholics, and A Changing Culture of Contraception” with Professor Samira MehtaCo-sponsored by Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

Spring 2020

March 317:30 PM-8:15 PMStudent Life Center BallroomHolocaust Lecture Series: "Antisemitism: Here and Now," Deborah LipstadtA talk by Deborah Lipstadt, based on her recently released book, Antisemitism: Here and Now (New York: Schocken, 2019), which just won a National Jewish Book Award (her second). She has a distinguished career in scholarship and the movie “Denial” (2016) is based on her “day in court” with the Holocaust denier, David Irving.
March 114:10 PMStevenson 1, Room 206 "The Diaphragm Debates: Protestants, Jews, Catholics and a Changing Culture of Contraception," a lecture by Dr. Samira MehtaAssistant Professor, Departments of Women and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Colorado Boulder. Her talk will address the religious history of the birth control pill’s development and distribution.
February 1712:00 PMButtrick Hall 162CLAS Distinguished Lecture Series: “Judeo-Spanish: A Torch Lit 500 Years Ago That is Extinguishing in My Hands"Myriam Moscona is a Mexican writer, and the author of numerous books of poetry including Las visitantes, De par en par, Negro marfil/Ivory black, and, most recently, Ansina. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize for her first narrative work, Tela de Sevoya.
February 1012:00 PMButtrick Hall 123JS Lecture Series: "Performing the Sephardic in Modern Spain, 1914-1968," a lecture by Allyson GonzalezCosponsored by the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies & the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
April 136:00 PMVirtual"Jewish and Israeli Poetry in Times of Crisis" with Mazalit Haim, Assistant Professor of Jewish StudiesZoom meeting information will be sent to those who RSVP or upon request.

Fall 2019

September 148:00 PMTurner Hall, Blair School of MusicCosponsored event with Vanderbilt Department of English: "A Short History of Anger" by Joy Manesiotis "A Short History of Anger" by Joy Manesiotis
October 177:00 PMThe BelcourtThe Nashville Jewish Film Festival"Sefarad"
October 2912:00 PMJoe C. Davis Memorial HallJS Lecture Series: Jeffrey Shandler"Seeing As Believing: Watching Videotaped Interviews with Holocaust Survivors"
November 712:00 PMCentral Library Community RoomJS Lecture Series: Jonathan Sarna"That Obnoxious Order: Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews"