2017-18 Events

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Bracha L. Ettinger Seminar

The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, in partnership with the Creative Arts Initiative and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, presents:

Bracha L. Ettinger


A Three-Part Seminar
Thursday, April 26; Thursday, May 3; Thursday, May 10
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
UB Anderson Gallery
1 Martha Jackson Place
Buffalo, NY 14214

Free and open to all students and the public
For more information, contact: slm26@buffalo.edu
Or visit: http://www.facebook.com/umbra.journal

Bracha L. Ettinger is a visual artist, painter, and theorist, psychoanalyst and philosopher, working between Paris and Tel-Aviv. The author of The Matrixial Borderspace, Ettinger’s work is engaged with motifs such as the human subject and pain, compassion, loss, the feminine gaze and space, co-emergence, the female body and the maternal, abstraction, witnessing and the Holocaust, trans-generational memory traces and biography, and the constitutive role of the feminine in the Unconscious and in the social bond analysed via literature, film and mythology. Recent shows include: Colori, GAM, Torino; The Haunted House/The Human Condition, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; The Image of War, Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm. Bracha has exhibited at venues including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Pomidou Centre, Paris; ICA, Boston; Whitechapel, London; with one-person shows at Musée des Beaux Arts, Angers; MOMA, Oxford; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. She is a Professor of Art and Psychoanalysis at EGS and GCAS, and a supervising analyst (TAICP, AMP, NLS.)

This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Julian Park Chair (Ewa Ziarek), the Department of English and the Department of Jewish Thought.

"Jews Won’t Replace Us": Charlottesville as a Challenge to Jewish Thought

"Power and Powerlessness in Jewish Thought and Life" Lecture Series

Speaker: Noam Pines, in conversation with Sergey Dolgopolski
April 16, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm (conversation 2 of 3)
Jewish Community Center
2640 North Forest Road, Getzville

The conversation will deal with the question of how Jewish Thought in its intellectual, ethical and political dimensions prepares us to think about and respond to the challenge of recent Charlottesville events.

Reservations recommended: www.bjebuffalo.org/adultlearning 
Please contact Susan Schwartz, Director of Adult Learning, at (716) 204-5380 or susan@bjebuffalo.org for more information.

This event is cosponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education and the Department of Jewish Thought. 

Why Fascism Again and Now?

"Power and Powerlessness in Jewish Thought and Life" Lecture Series

Speaker: Richard Cohen, University at Buffalo
Nov. 14, 2017 from 7:30-9:00pm
Jewish Community Center
2640 North Forest Road, Getzville

One would have thought that with the rise of fascism in the early twentieth century, especially in Italy, Germany and Spain, and the the devastation and mass slaughter of World War Two and the unprecedented moral outrage of the Shoah, that fascism would have been put to rest. But its ugly head seems to be rearing up again, with neo-fascist political parties garnering millions of votes in several European countries, not to mention the recent darker overtones of the new American presidency’s apparent moral confusion evaluating the difference between the threats and violence of advocates of racism and antisemitism and those who protest against the same, or the “message” of disrespect for rule of law broadcast by the pardon of a brazen and unrepentant lawbreaking sheriff in Arizona. What does it mean that at the same time the Republican Party nominated a candidate with no political experience at all, a political independent and self-proclaimed socialist nearly won the Democratic Party nomination, and the one experienced and policy oriented “establishment” candidate was defeated in the general election? Are these accidents or exceptions, or is there a deeper and more fundamental realignment at work in American politics?

This event is cosponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education and the Department of Jewish Thought. 

Levi Gersonides: A Medieval Case for Why Character Matters

Book Launch

Speaker: Alex Green, University at Buffalo
Nov. 1, 2017 from 7-9pm
708 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus

Gersonides follows the ancient (Greek) understanding of ethics, known as virtue ethics. Professor Green will be speaking about his book, "The Virtue Ethics of Levi Gersonides," which opens up new vistas of Gersonides’ writings that have been little explored.




Cosmopolitanism vs. Globalization

Humanities Institute Symposium

Oct. 23, 2017 from 10am-6pm
Oct. 24, 2017 from 10am-1pm
508 O’Brian Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus


David Blitzer Lecture Series

Oct. 19, 2017 at 7pm
107 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus


  • Martin Kavka, Florida State University
  • David Metzger, Old Dominion University

Please note: 107 Capen is located inside the Silverman Library on the north end of Capen Hall. Special thanks to the Honors College for the use of this room.

This event is open to the public and we welcome all who wish to attend. Parking is free in any lot on campus after 3pm.

Please RSVP to receive further information and updates: jewish-thought@buffalo.edu.