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  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00pm
    Third Thursdays - An Experiment in Transdisciplinarity

    ThirdspacingThe Center for Judaic Studies and the DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion[JDP] will co-sponsor a year long experiment in thirdspacing called Third Thursdays. Faculty and graduate students from the JDP will gather at 4 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site to practice the transdisciplinary encounter imagined by Soja's thirdspace. Each month, light refreshments will be provided and we will suggest a simple theme or idea to stimulate open conversation and engagement.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Hemenway at

  • Sunday, October 26, 2014
    12th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

    Miep GiesOur 2014 Lecture will be the premiere performance for the Denver Jewish Community of Judy Winnick portraying Miep Gies, A Beacon of Hope.

    Miep Gies (1909-2010) is one of the unsung heroes of the Holocaust. This humble woman helped hide Anne Frank and her family in the Netherlands during WWII. Miep provided them with food and other basic necessities. The care and support of Miep and her husband enabled Anne's inspiring and historically significant diary to survive and to influence generations of readers.

    Judy Winnick portrays extraordinary women from WWII history. Judy says, "These women inspire me with their courage, humility, compassion, and the message that one person can make a difference." Judy is a member of the Colorado Humanities/Chautauqua Speakers Bureau and has performed internationally. During her teaching career she received one of Colorado's Distinguished Teacher Awards.

    Presented by The Holocaust Awareness Institute at The University of Denver's Center for Judaic Studies in cooperation with the MACC at the JCC's JAAMM Festival.
    Elaine Wolf Theater, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246
    Tickets will be available August, 2014.
    $15 per person; no charge for Holocaust Survivors or students

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:00am-12:30pm at the University of Denver
    "The Past, The Present, and Future of Jewish Memory: Reconsidering Holocaust Memory"
    Panel Conversation with JAAMM Fest's Scholar in Residence, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

    Kurtzer head shotJoin CJS faculty, Adam Rovner (CJS and English), Sarah Pessin (CJS and Philosophy), and Lydia Gil Keff (History and CJS Affiliate Faculty) for a fascinating panel conversation on memory and the Holocaust with special guest, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver is partnering with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Jewish Community Center's 2014 JAAMM Fest to host this event at the University of Denver. Save the date and check back soon for more details about this event!




CJS Scrapbook
See pictures from a sampling of other CJS events here

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:00pm
    Evolving Doors Dance Performance: Memory, Trauma, Life

    Memory, Trauma, LifeThe Evolving Doors Dance Company performed a movement project to explore how trauma affects the individual, how the senses record trauma in a person's memory, how trauma can impact a community, and how traumatic events or memories can become embedded in a history or impact a culture. The resulting work, titled Mend, was performed at the University of Denver's Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site, which was also a catalyst for the creative work. The performance was followed by a talk-back with the artists. Around 40 students, faculty and community members attending this moving performance.

    A project of the Creative Writing Program and CJS, in partnership with the Departments of Philosophy, Theater, and Psychology, DU's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning, and co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies.

  • May 20-May 22, 2014
    Week of Jewish Philosophy 
    WJP The Week of Jewish Philosophy was a 3-day intensive series of lectures, seminars, and salons on themes of Jewish philosophy, religion, and theology, featuring visiting scholars, Dr. Leora Batnitzky (University of Princeton, Department of Religion) and Dr. Paul Franks (Yale University, Department of Philosophy), in conversation with three local scholars of Jewish Philosophy, Dr. Sarah Pessin (DU, Philosophy), Dr. Karin Nisenbaum (University of Toronto, Philosophy; 2013-14 CJS Visiting Scholar at DU), and Dr. Elias Sacks (CU Boulder, Religious Studies).

    Helping us work through difficult concepts in classical Jewish texts of philosophy, and engaging us with original performance art, the Week of Jewish Philosophy offered a series of unique intercultural and diversity-enhancing learning opportunities for those interested in philosophy, religious studies, and inter-religious dialogue. The intensive series of events addressed core questions about Judaism, including questions related to Theology, Ethics, Covenant, Religion, Law, History, Methodology, and Praxis. More than 90 students, faculty and community members participated in this week of learning.

    The week of events was generously co-sponsored with CJS by the DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion, the Department of Philosophy at DU, and the Department of Jewish Life and Learning at Denver's Jewish Community Center.
    The week also included a special dance performance by Evolving Doors Dance Co. which is project of the Creative Writing Program and CJS, in partnership with the Departments of Philosophy, Theater, and Psychology, DU's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning, and co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies. 

  • Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1-6:00pm
    University of Denver Powwow: 150th Sand Creek Special Honoring Blanket Ceremony
    PowwowThe Center for Judaic Studies and the Holocaust Awareness Institute cosponsored the Native Student Alliance at DU's 2014 Powwow celebrating Native American culture through dance, music art, and food. Powwows are Native American celebrations of community and spirituality, featuring Native American drum, song, and dance. As Native Americans were moved onto reservations, their dancing was curtailed by government regulations and so became a powerful symbol of Native identity. Powwows adapted from traditional gatherings for particular situations into new social gatherings which include honoring the Creator, renewing friendships past, present, and future.

    The event also commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek massacre in eastern Colorado with a special Honoring Blanket Ceremony. In late 1864, a group of Colorado militiamen attacked a band of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians near Sand Creek in eastern Colorado, killing more than 150 Indians, many of them women, children and elderly. The attack became known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

  • RMJHS Twentieth Annual Heritage Award Dinner
    Cohen GroceryThe Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society hosted the 20th Annual Heritage Award Dinner saluting Colorado Jews who grew up in small towns. Honorees are Mrs. Sandra Vinnik and Mr. Alan Gass, and  featured the Premiere Screening of "Small Town Jews: Creating Colorado Communities."
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014-Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence: Diversity and Inclusion in higher education:
    150 years of learning, growth, and hope
    CJS's own Inclusive Excellence Fellow, Betsy Harper, presented at DU's 2014 Diversity Summit on May 9th. The Diversity Summit was hosted by the Center for Multicultural Excellence. In 2001, the Diversity Summit began with a few undergraduate students coming together to talk about diversity. The event has grown tremendously since then, now engaging up to six hundred participants annually. Originally, the Diversity Summit highlighted the success and ambitions around IE and diversity of DU administration, faculty, staff and students but has grown to incorporate leaders in diversity and Inclusive Excellence from Denver, the region and the nation. The Diversity Summit has featured keynote speakers active within academia as well as those from the business sector.