Rabbi Professor David Hartman, who died a year ago, was a major contemporary Jewish philosopher and educator, and the founder of the influential Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Though Hartman became world famous in Israel, his career began in Montreal where he served as Rabbi of Congrgegation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem from 1960-1971 and was the founder of Montreal's Akiva School.
A lecture by Prof. Elliot Wolfson
In this lecture, I will turn my attention to one the potentially subversive theological repercussions of medieval kabbalistic literature related to the routine distinction between Ein Sof, the unfathomable infinity, and the ten sefirot, the luminous emanations configured through the prism of the imagination, the names by which the nameless is proclaimed.
A lecture by Prof. Ilan Stavans
In his critically-acclaimed graphic novel El Iluminado, cultural critic Ilan Stavans turns his attention to the plight of Luis de Carvajal the Younger (1539-1595), arguably the most famous victim of the Holy Inquisition in the Americas. In this lecture he explains how years of research on Jewish-Hispanic topics coalesced in a novel that is as much about anti-Semitism as it is about academia.
A lecture by Prof. Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University)
“Political secularism” is the term we will use to describe a complex and diverse set of policies that governments use to monitor and regulate the activities of religious groups and individuals. It is, we shall demonstrate, a far less coherent, fixed, and battle-tested doctrine in liberal democracies, and elsewhere, than is commonly thought.
Presented by David Bezmozgis
David Bezmozgis is an award winning writer and filmmaker. His novel The Free World, published in 2011, was critically acclaimed by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and short listed for the Scotiabank / Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award and the Amazon.ca first Novel Award.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English.
Free Admission. All Welcome.
Presented by Josh Lambert
The critic and translator Isaac Goldberg noted, in 1918, that "the theme of sex … is treated by Yiddish writers with far greater freedom than would be permitted to their American confreres." Half a century later, the poet and essayist Yankev Glatshteyn called Yiddish "one of the most modest languages in world literature." Treating a handful of celebrated American Yiddish texts by such authors as David Pinski, Sholem Asch, and Joseph Opatoshu, as well as the history of censorship of Yiddish literature in the U.S., this paper argues that Gold