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Politics, Religion, Jewish Law and Philosophy: An Evening in Memory of David Hartman

Thu, 2014-03-13 17:00 - 20:00
Bronfman Building : Room 423, 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1G5
Price: Free admission, all welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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.

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Mystical Atheism, Idolatry, and the Nothingness of God in the Kabbalah

Tue, 2013-11-12 17:00
Maass Chemistry Building : Room 217, 801 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0B8
Price: Free Admission

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.

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The Making of El Iluminado: How I Turned the Plight of a Famous Converso into a Graphic Novel

Mon, 2013-11-04 17:00
Arts Building : Room W-215, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0G5
Price: Free Admission

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. 

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Political Secularism in the United States: Reflections in Light of the Quebec Charter of Values

Wed, 2013-10-23 17:30
Arts Building : Room W-215, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0G5

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.

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Adventures in the Free World

Thu, 2012-11-15 11:30 - 13:00
Maass Chemistry Building : room 328, 801 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0B8

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.

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Vulgar Words and Belles Lettres: Yiddish Literature and American Obscenity

Thu, 2012-10-25 19:30
Leacock Building : Room 14, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2T7

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

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