8:24 a.m., Feb. 3, 2010----The Frank and Yetta Chaiken Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Delaware will offer a spring lecture series, “Problems in Jewish History,” from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 17 and continuing through May 5, in Room 104 Gore Hall.
The lectures are as follows:
Feb. 17 -- Beth Wenger, “Narrating American Jewish History.” Wenger is an associate professor of history and director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her talk will address the challenge of writing the companion volume to the PBS documentary, The Jewish Americans. Please note that in preparation for this talk, the center will show selections from The Jewish Americans on Monday, Feb. 15, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., in Room 127 Memorial Hall.
March 3 -- JT Waldman, “A History of Judaism through Comix.” Waldman is the illustrator and author of Megillat Esther (2005), a graphic novel adaptation of the Book of Esther. This novel was the focus of a recent exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and it will be showcased at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City from February-August 2010.
March 10 -- Robert Weinberg, “Stalin's Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Soviet Jewish Homeland.” Weinberg is a professor of history at Swarthmore College.
March 17 -- Andrew Berns, “Abraham Portaleone (1542-1612) and His Christian Correspondents: An Episode in the History of Jewish-Christian Relations in Renaissance Italy.” Berns is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania.
March 24 -- Ken Moss, “Nationhood, 'Secular' Modernity, and the Idea of Jewish Culture.” Moss is an assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.
April 7 -- Isabel deKoninck, “Beyond the Gender Binary: An Exploration of Jewish Encounters with Gender Since Emancipation.” DeKoninck is a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
April 14 -- Theodore Lewis, “Magic in Ancient Israel? Incantations in the Hebrew Bible and Archaeology.” Lewis is the Blum-Iwry Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Johns Hopkins University.
April 21 -- Vera Moreen, “The Book of Esther in the Artistic and Literary Imagination of Iranian Jews.” Moreen is an associate editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Brill, forthcoming).
April 28 -- Bryan Schwartzman, “Kaddish for the Front Page? Dispatches from a Jewish Newspaper in the Digital Age.” Schwartzman is a staff writer for The Jewish Exponent.
May 5 -- Lila Corwin Berman, “A Jewish Marilyn Monroe: How American Jews Talked about Intermarriage, Conversion, and Themselves.” Berman is an associate professor of history and the Murray Friedman Professor and director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University.
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