2018-19 Events

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Devotion and Relativity, Text and Context: New Frontiers of Jewish Literacy

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New frontiers of jewish literacy

Date: October 7th-8th, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Center for Jewish History (Oct 7) and Yeshivat Maharat (Oct 8) 15 W 16th St, New York, NY

Space is limited and registration is required.
To register, please contact info.bcsr@berkeley.edu.

Multiday workshop and working group

This interdisciplinary workshop of scholars from North America, Israel, and Europe probes a central tension in Jewish Studies: a chasm typically separates those scholars who emphasize wider social and cultural contexts in which the Jewish experience has unfolded, from those whose work focuses more on the internal logic of Jewish texts and traditions. This workshop seeks to put these two perspectives into mutually enriching conversation that can at once produce new insights and pinpoint the underlying tensions. This event is cosponsored by UB Department of Jewish Thought, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the American Academy for Jewish Research, and the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation.

Tamar Rudavsky

"What is Time? A Medieval Debate Between Jewish and Islamic Philosophers"

LEcture given by Tamar Rudavski, PH.D.

Date: October 11th, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus, Baldy 200G

Free and open to all students and the public
For more information, contact: jfarrugi@buffalo.edu

Professor Tamar Rudavsky is co-editor with Steven Nadler of the Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century (2009) and author of Time Matters: Time, Creation and Cosmology in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (2000). Her newest book, Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: Science, Rationalism and Religion, ​is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. ​​This event is co-sponsored with the UB Department of Philosophy.

"The Singularity of the Holocaust"

Professor David Patterson

Presentation by David Patterson, PH.D

Date: October 22th, 2018
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus, 120 Clemens Hall

Free and open to all students and the public
For more information, contact: jfarrugi@buffalo.edu


Professor David Patterson is a distinguished scholar of the Holocaust and author of more that ten books on the Holocaust, three of which have been published by Cambridge University Press. This event is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Department of Jewish Thought, and the Buffalo Holocaust Research Center. 

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"The Holocaust and the Non-representable: Literary and Photographic Transcendence" by Professor David Patterson

Book Presentation

Date: October 23rd, 2018
Time: 12:15pm - 1:50pm
Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus, 120 Clemens Hall

Free and open to all students and the public
For more information, contact: jfarrugi@buffalo.edu


Introduction by Professor Richard Cohen. This event is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Jewish Thought, and the Buffalo Holocaust Research Center.

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"The Infrahuman: Animality in Modern Jewish Philosophy" by Professor Noam Pines

Book Launch

Date: February 7th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus, 708 Clemens Hall

Free and open to all students and the public
For more information, contact: jfarrugi@buffalo.edu


Come join us in the Friedman Library to celebrate Prof. Noam Pines’ latest book! The book explores a little-known aspect in major works of Jewish literature from the period preceding World War II, in which Jewish writers in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish employed figures of animals in depictions of Jews and Jewish identity. Rather than serving as figures of Jewish “self-hatred,” the book argues that Jewish writers employed animals as a way to question prevalent notions of Jewish identity, and to subject pejorative designations of Judaism to literary elaboration and to philosophical negotiation.

"The Other Others" by Professor Sergey Dolgopolski

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Book Launch

Date: April 29th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus, 708 Clemens Hall

Free and open to all students and the public
For more information, contact: jfarrugi@buffalo.edu


Come join us in the Friedman Library to celebrate Professor Sergey Dolgopolski's new book! "The Other Others" puts contemporary political theory and a literary-theoretical exploration of the core text of Rabbinic Judaism, the Talmud, into both a fruitful and tensed conversation one with another. In the words of the book's catalogue description: "Denying legal and moral existence to those who do not belong to a land, while tolerating diversity of those who do stabilizes a political order—or does it? Revisiting this core problem of contemporary political theory, Other Others turns to the Talmud as an untapped resource for a conception of the political and a take on excluded others our philosophical and theological traditions have effaced."