Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:00pm
Sarah Pessin on Divine Love at The Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS)
Prof. Sarah Pessin will present "Divine Love in a Neoplatonic Key: Rethinking God (and the History of Ideas) from Greek, Islamic and Jewish Points of View" at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the history of ideas, there have arisen a number of overly calcified assumptions about monotheisms vs. 'paganisms,' and about the theological distance between the proverbial Jerusalem and Athens. In this presentation, Prof. Sarah Pessin examines a case in point of how these sorts of underlying assumptions have led to centuries of misreadings of divine will and love in a particular Jewish medieval thinker, viz. 11th century Neoplatonist Solomon Ibn Gabirol. More broadly, she uses the case of Ibn Gabirol to push us on what we think divine love is, and to push us on the extent to which the history of philosophy—perhaps under the tacit influence of a Christian lens—has presented us with unfairly weak and impious versions of Greek, Islamic, and Jewish Neoplatonic theologies.
Eaton Humanities (HUMN) 250, University of Colorado, 1298 Pleasant St., Boulder, CO, 80309
Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00-1:00pm
Revolutionary Medicine: America's Founder in Sickness and in Health
Join Prof. Jeanne Abrams, Director the the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, and learn about the lives of George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John and Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison. In contrast to the usual lens of politics, their stories are told from the unique perspective of sickness, health, and disease in their era, opening a window into the practice of medicine in the 18th century.
Sponsored by The Center for Bioethics and Medicine at UCD, Anshutz Medical Campus.
Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics & Humanities
13080 E. 19th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013-March 16, 2014
RMJHS/BECK Archives Lowenstein Exhibit at Anderson Academic Commons
There are two large exhibit cases with text which will focus on Henry Lowenstein's escape from Nazi Germany when he was a young teenager and going to England on the Kinderstransport. He lived in England 5 years and was later united with his family in the U.S. He went on to become an icon in Denver theater. His mother, Maria, was a trained artist, and we will be showing 12 of her paintings and drawings, some created during the Holocaust, some after her arrival in the U.S. This exhibit will be up for 4-6 weeks. For more information about this exhibit, or about the Beck Archives in general, please email Jeanne Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver, 2150 E. Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80208
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:30pm
CJS Co-Sponsors visit with Author/Journalist Masha Gessen
Author/Journalist Masha Gessen will be speaking about her new book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot . Her new book is about the imprisoned Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot (the first book on this subject in English). She's done a lot of reporting from the Pussy Riot trial in August 2011 and also from the penal colonies where two of the women are still held. Masha Gessen is a prominent Russian-American journalist who publishes predominantly in English. She is the author of, most recently, A Man Without a Face - an award-winning and decidedly unauthorized biography of Vladimir Putin. Her other books include a half dozen titles including a number of books and articles about the Russian Jewish Experience, particularly Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace and Blood Matters -- a book on BRCA1 gene and the attendant exploration of Ashkenazi Jewish genetics. Gessen is also Russia's most prominent LGBT activist who has written extensively on LGBT issues in Russia. Gessen immigrated to the US with her family in the early 1980s, started her journalism career in the late 80s covering the AIDS epidemic and ACT-UP activism, moved back to Russia in 1991 - reported from Chechnya and other challenging places, and just recently re-immigrated to the United States after Russia passed a slew of homophobic laws (some thought to be aimed specifically at her and her family). During this recent re-immigration, Gessen has compared her current experience of leaving Russia as a gay person to the experience of leaving the Soviet Union for the first time as a Jew.
Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures.
Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall, University of Denver, 2000 E. Asbury Ave. Denver, CO 80208
Monday, May 12, 2014 5:30pm-8:30pm
RMJHS Twentieth Annual Heritage Award Dinner
The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society is hosting 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 will feature the Premiere Screening of "Small Time Jews: Creating Colorado Communities." This event is ticketed, for more information, please contact Jeanne Abrams at 303-871-3016.
May 20-May 22, 2014
Week of Jewish Philosophy
The Week of Jewish Philosophy is 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. Eli 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 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.
Schedule (times and locations TBD, please check frequently for updates):
Tues. May 20: German Idealism and Jewish Mysticism (public lecture by Paul Franks)
Wed. May 21: Method in Jewish Philosophy: Transcendental Reasoning (3-hour seminar led by Paul Franks)
Wed. May 21: Memory and Trauma: Evolving Doors Dance Performance at Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site (Project of Creative Writing program and Center for Judaic Studies)
Wed. May 21: Roundtable session on Method in Jewish Philosophy, featuring three 20-30 minute talks by: Dr. Karin Nisenbaum, Dr. Eli Sacks, and Dr. Sarah Pessin. Respondents include: Dr. Paul Franks and Dr. Leora Batnitzky.
Thurs. May 22: Jewish Text Study (3-hour seminar/text study led by Dr. Leora Batnitzky)
Thurs. May 22: How Judaism Became a Religion (public lecture by Dr. Leora Batnitzky)
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact email@example.com
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Hebrew-Arabic Evening of Culture
Prof. Sari Havis, Director of Hebrew Program, teamed up with Prof. Maha Foster, Arabic Lecturer to offer students an evening of cross-cultural celebration. Hebrew students and Arabic students came together to celebrate diversity and culture with food, music and dancing. This event was for registered DU students enrolled in Hebrew and Arabic.
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 7:00-8:30pm
"One Person Can Make a Difference"
CJS co-sponsored with DU Never Again "One Person Can Make a Difference" featuring Jeannie Opdyke Smith in honor of International Holocaust Memorial Day. Jeannie Smith is the only daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke. As a teenager, Irene hid 12 Jewish friends in the basement of a Nazi major's house where she served as the major's housekeeper at great personal risk. After Irene died, Jeannie began sharing her mother's story. 75 students and community members came out to hear Jeannie share her mother's story. View pictures from this event on our flickr page!
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 2:00 pm
15th Annual John C. Livingston Memorial Lecture in American Jewish History
The Whipping Man at The Curious Theatre Company