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February Events

Wed, Feb. 4
5:30 p.m.
Flick & Feed/back: Beginners
Film screening and discussion with Professor Zoe Tobier
Cosponsored by the Center for Mutlicultural Excellence

Join us for a screening, light dinner, and discussion led by Professor Zoe Tobier of this ward-winning Focus Features film, about a young man who is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and a young male lover.

Reservations are required as Seating is limited.

Dr. Marni Davis
Sun, Feb. 22
12:45 p.m.
16th Annual John C. Livingston Lecture in American Jewish History
Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition

Dr. Marni Davis examines American Jews' complicated relationship to alcohol during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the years of the national prohibition movement’s rise and fall. Davis offers a novel perspective on a previously unstudied area of American Jewish economic activity — the making and selling of liquor, wine, and beer — and reveals that alcohol commerce played a crucial role in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the growth of Jewish communities in the United States. But prohibition’s triumph cast a pall on American Jews' history in the alcohol trade, forcing them to revise, clarify, and defend their communal and civic identities, both to their fellow Americans and to themselves.

Sun, Feb. 22
Light refreshments 12:45 p.m.
Lindsey Auditorium, Sturm Hall, Room 281
Lecture is Free and Open to the Public.
Reservations are required as seating is limited.
To RSVP please call: 303-871-3016

Dr. Marni Davis is associate professor at Georgia State University, where she studies and teaches American history, Jewish history, and the history of ethnicity and immigration in the United States. She is the author of Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition (New York University Press, 2012). She has been the recipient of scholarly awards from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the American Jewish Archives, and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Jews and Booze received Honorable Mention for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Modern Jewish History, and was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

April Events

Apr 20 & 21, 2015
Week of Jewish Philosophy:
Law in Judaism and Christianity,
featuring Visiting Scholar Dr. Randi Rashkover

The Week of Jewish Philosophy is a 2-day intensive series of lectures, seminars, and salons on themes of Jewish philosophy, religion, and theology. Helping us work through difficult concepts in classical Jewish texts of philosophy the Week of Jewish Philosophy offers 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 addresses core questions about Judaism, including questions related to Theology, Ethics, Covenant, Religion, Law, History, Methodology, and Praxis.

Apr 20 & 21, 2015
Time: TBD
Apr 20 at CU Boulder
Apr 21 at University of Denver

Dr. Randi Rashkover is associate professor of Religious Studies and director of the Judaic Studies Program at George Mason University. She is the author of Revelation and Theopolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig and the Politics of Praise (T&T Clark, 2005) and editor of Liturgy Time and the Politics of Redemption (Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2006) and Tradition in the Public Square: A Novak Reader(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007).
Her areas of expertise include Jewish philosophy, Jewish political thought, Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Islamic relations and women in Judaism. She has published widely in a range of leading journals including, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Jewish Studies Quarterly, Modern Theology, Philosophy Today and has been contributing editor of the journal Cross Currents for over ten years. Dr. Rashkover lectures at universities, synagogues and churches throughout the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.

Co-sponsored by CU Boulder, Jewish Studies & DU Department of Philosophy

May Events

May 1, 2015
CJS Rimon Series: Free Public Text-Study Seminars in Jewish Philosophy
Maimonides on the Ideal Life:
Vita Activa vs. Vita Contemplativa

Moses Maimonides (‘the Rambam’, 1135-1204) is one of the most important Jewish thinkers in the history of philosophy. This seminar explores Maimonides’ insights on “living an ideal life” and whether it is more important to live a life of pure contemplation or a life of dedicated action. In learning more about this classic medieval Jewish thinker’s views, we also consider how Maimonides constructed a Jewish synthesis of rabbinic, Greek and Arabic sources.

Join us for this free public seminar with visiting Israeli scholar of Jewish Philosophy, Dr. Raphi Jospe, one of the founding members of DU’s own Center for Judaic Studies.

May 1, 2015
Time: TBD

Dr. Jospe is an acclaimed scholar and teacher of Jewish Philosophy, as well as a noted leader and participant in Jewish-Christian dialogue; he has authored and edited 18 books and dozens of scholarly essays and encyclopedia entries in his field, including his 3-volume work Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages. He was editor of the Jewish philosophy division of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (2nd edition) and now of the new Encyclopaedia Hebraica. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Jospe has researched and lectured internationally on Jewish-Mormon relations, and is the former chairperson of the Jerusalem Rainbow Group, the oldest Christian-Jewish dialogue group in Jerusalem; he has also lectured the Vatican on behalf of the Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs and at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He has published on a wide array of medieval and modern philosophers including Moses Maimonides, Judah Halevi and Moses Mendelssohn, and he has taught at Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Jospe also taught at our very own CJS from 1976-1985; we are so pleased to welcome him back to Denver.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Physical Training is Necessary for the Life of a Nation: Sports Among Muslims, Christians, and Jews of the Late Ottoman Empire
featuring Visiting Scholar Murat Yildiz

Lecture exploring shared sports culture by examining Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Late Ottoman Empire.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Murat Yildiz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received in M.A. in History from the same institution in 2009 and received his BA in History and International Relations from the University of California, San Diego in 2005. His research deals with physical culture in the late Ottoman Empire and highlights both the diverse and cosmopolitan natures of late Ottoman society


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