2013 - 2014 Events

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

Temple Scroll7 p.m. October 22 2013 Lattie F. Coor Hall room 170 Free and open to all. No reservation required

James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Society Director and Editor, The Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project

James H. Charlesworth specializes in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old and New Testaments; the Dead Sea Scrolls; Josephus; the Gospel of John; and the Apocalypse of John. The author of over 65 books and 400 articles or reviews, Charlesworth has been honored with numerous awards, and has been featured on BBC 1, BBC 2, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel. learn more

This event is sponsored by: the Center for Jewish Studies and Center for the Study of Religion & Conflict, research units of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and by the Faculty of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies and School of International Letters & Cultures, academic units of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Harold and Jean Grossman Lectures in Jewish Thought
Education After Auschwitz: Levinas’s Crisis of Humanism

Claire Katz4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 2013 Lattie F. Coor Hall room 4403 free and open to all | no reservation required

Claire Katz, Texas A&M Director, Women's and Gender Studies Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies

Claire Katz's research focuses on modern Jewish philosophy, 20th century French philosophy, feminist theory, and philosophy of education. She is currently working on a primary source reader to accompany An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy in addition to developing a program in Philosophy for Children at Texas A&M University. learn more

The Hidden Holocaust: New Research on Excavations at an Extermination Camp

Richard Freund10:30 a.m. November 1 2013 Lattie F. Coor Hall room 4403 Free and open to all. No reservation required

Richard A. Freund University of Hartford Director, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies

The extermination camp, Sobibor, Poland was the site of a famous rebellion on October 14, 1943. Many books and movies have been made about the courage of those involved in the Rebellion. The camp was hurriedly buried by the Nazis after the Rebellion. Recent work at the camp has revealed elements about the Holocaust that were unknown nearly 70 years after Sobibor was closed. Dr. Freund’s will talk about the University of Hartford’s Sobibor project and the use of geophysics to solve archaeological questions without excavating the burials of the victims. learn more

On the Cutting Edge… Today’s Jewish Woman

Jewish Women's SumposiumAdvance Your Mind. Enhance Your Well-Being. a symposium for women of all ages in the Jewish tradition of learning and growing

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, November 3 2013 Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus reservations required: download application form College Student with ID: $15 | Under 30: $30 | Registration Fee: $42

Martin Sherman's "Rose" presented by Barbara Mehl Goldman

Rose2 p.m. Sunday, November 3 2013 Beth El Congregation | 1118 West Glendale Avenue, Phoenix Free and open to all. Reservations requested.

This special, one-woman, theatrical event in commemoration of Kristallnacht is presented by theCenter for Jewish Studies, Beth El Congregation and Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

The Musical Worlds of Polish Jews, 1920-1960: Identity, Politics and Culture

This international research conference at Arizona State University focuses on the richness of Polish-Jewish music from World War I to the decades after World War II and its relationship to the complex problem of Polish Jewish identity.

Keynote Address Jews in Polish Cultural Life: Between Acceptance and Rejection Antony Polonsky | Brandeis University 7:30 p.m. November 17 2013 University Club 425 East University Drive, Tempe | Free Parking Free and open to all. Reserve your seat online.
Concert Poles Apart: Chamber Music from the Garden of Exile featuring The ARC Ensemble of The Royal Conservatory, Toronto 7:30 p.m. November 18 2013 Katzin Concert Hall 50 Gammage Parkway, Tempe Free and open to all. No reservation required.
Featuring the works of three Polish Jews whose lives were deeply affected by the Third Reich’s racial ideology: Jerzy Fitelberg, who found a safe haven in New York City; Szymon Laks, who survived Auschwitz, settled in Paris, and gradually moved from composition to literature and translation; and the most acclaimed of the three, Mieczysław Weinberg, who fled his native Warsaw and spent the rest of his life in the Soviet Union. A discussion with The ARC Ensemble Artistic Director, Simon Wynberg, will follow the performance. This performance is made possible by The OREL Foundation.

conference sponsored by: The Center for Jewish Studies with support from: Robert & Shoshana Tancer | The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies | School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies | Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts: School of Music | The OREL Foundation

Miracles and Belief: A Consideration to Issues regarding Naturalism and Supernaturalism

Joseph Cohen4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 2013 Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403

Joseph Cohen, St. John’s College Tutor Emeritus Joseph Cohen taught throughout the four year liberal arts curriculum at St. John's College. As such he can be considered a generalist, not a specialist, in many fields of learning. He is interested in exploring the interrelations of Philosophy, Theology, Politics, and Law, and has written on the thought of authors such as Maimonides, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Hume and Kant. He studied in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Chicago, and received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

"To Remind the Readers of the Old Traditions": The Search for Identity among German-Speaking Jews at the Turn of the Century

1 p.m. Monday, March 3 2014 Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4401 Free and open to all. No reservations required.

Ursula Mindler Assistant Professor, Andrássy University Budapest Visiting Assistant Professor of English, ASU

This presentation examines the search for “roots” among Jews in Central Europe at the turn of the century, focusing in particular on the unique situation in Austria. In the course of their efforts to identify an authentic past, Austrian Jews became aware of the fact that “authentic” Jewish communities were right at their doorstep, in the newly-annexed territories of Western Hungary. Zionists as well as liberal acculturated Jews tried to connect to these supposedly “pure” communities.

Renewing Creation: Philosophical Ripples in Evolutionary Theory for Jewish Theology

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 2014 Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403 | ASU Tempe campus

Bradley Artson, American Jewish University Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Bradley ArtsonRabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. A member of the Philosophy Department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion. He supervises the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and mentors Camp Ramah in California. A regular columnist for the Huffington Post, he is the author of 10 books and over 250 articles, most recently God of Becoming & Relationship: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology.

Imperial Modernities: Racial Anthropology as the Language of Russian Imperial Self-Description

3-5 p.m. Friday, March 28 2014 Lattie F. Coor Hall room 5536 | ASU Tempe campus Marina Mogilner, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sponsored by the Faculty of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies and Center for Jewish Studies, academic and research units of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Gentiles Doing Jewish Stuff… and the Jews Who Love/Hate Them

2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 2014 Lattie F. Coor Hall room 4403 | ASU Tempe campus

Erica Lehrer, Concordia University, Montreal Magdalena Waligórska, University of Bremen

In this joint book presentation, the authors will read excerpts of their books and discuss Jewish heritage revival as a space of profound encounter for Jews and non-Jews.

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, research and academic units of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Co-organized by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at University of Arizona.

Pulitzer Prize-winner PHILIP SCHULTZ in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2014

THE WHEREWITHAL | on-campus lecture 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28 2014 West Hall, room 135 | Tempe campus

THE WHEREWITHAL | community lecture 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 2014 Temple Chai | 4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix reception & book signing follow lecture

Philip Schultz and some of his booksPhilip Schultz is the founder/director of The Writers Studio, a private school for fiction and poetry writing in New York City, and the author of several collections of poetry, including Failure, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. This talk focuses on his new book — The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse, published in February, 2014 — which tells the story of Henryk Wyrzykowski, a drifting, haunted young man hiding from the Vietnam War in the basement of a San Francisco welfare building, translating his mother’s diaries. The diaries concern the Jedwabne massacre, in 1941 German-occupied Poland. The story is a meditation on the nature of evil and the destruction of war.

Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and Department of English, research and academic units of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.