Menachem Mor, University of Haifa
Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor for 2011-12
Ph.D., Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Specializing in ancient Jewish history during the Second Temple Period, Dr. Mor's research is devoted to the political history of the period and the social structure of the population of the Land of Israel. Focusing on the history of the Second Temple, Mishnaic, and Talmudic periods, Mor has written many scholarly articles and books on the many diverse religious and ethno-cultural groups that lived in the Land of Israel during these times. His book From Samaria to Shechem: The Samaritan Sect in the Ancient Period deals with the Samairtans and their role in the ancient world. He is also the author of The Bar-Kochva Revolt--Its Extent and Effect, a comprehensive (and classic) study of the Jewish Revolts in the Ancient world.
He has also published bibliographical collections (with Uriel Rappaport) covering the extensive works on the Second temple period and numerous articles in the field of Ancient Jewish History.
Dr. Mor has been active in the University of Haifa's academic administration, having served as a member or chairman of a series of councils and committees over the past decade. He also headed the Center of Research of Eretz Israel Studies and Its Yishuv of Yad Ben-Zvi and the University of Haifa. Outside the University, he is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of the Board of the Journal of Jewish History and a member of the World Organization of Jewish Studies.
Jeanne Abrams, Director Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Professor
Penrose Library, Ph.D.,University of Colorado, Boulder
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Jeanne's article, "On the Road Again: Consumptives Traveling for Health in the American West, 1840-1925" appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Great Plains Quarterly. Additionally, her article "In Search of Health and Wealth: Denver's Early Jewish Community" was just published in Denver Inside and Out (Colorado History, vol. 16, 2011), Denver: History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. Jeanne is currently completing an essay on merchant prince Benjamin Altman, founder in 1865 of what would become New York City's B. Altman & Company, one of the premier department stores in America. It will be published as part of a book on German immigrants in America by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
In November, 2011, Jeanne will be doing a guest lecture on "Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail in the America West" for The Denver Campus. In December, 2011, Jeanne will be leading a salon for DU AHSS titled "There's No Business Like Show Business: The Influence of American Jewish Broadway Composers on American Music."
Sari Havis, Lecturer in Hebrew
M.A., University of Kansas
Prof. Havis, coordinator of our new Hebrew Language Program for DU, took on a new leadership role with the Hebrew SAT College Board. She will be a key member of the Test Development Committee of the SAT Subject Test in Modern Hebrew.
Sari has just returned from her Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship visit to Israel, where she formed two collaborative projects with Sapir College in Sderot and Seminar HaKibbutzim in Tel Aviv for her Hebrew and film class students. The projects will facilitate direct interaction between DU students and their Israeli counterparts, and they will reflect and expand the CJS spirit of sharing and improving globalized social efforts. In addition, Sari attended the Jerusalem International Film Festival and formed new contacts with Israeli film producers and distributors which will manifest in future activities and will enrich DU's Israeli film collection.
Last October, Sari co-organized a major national Hebrew conference at DU in connection with the The National Middle East Language Resource Center [NMELRC]. Working under Sari's leadership, CJS was proud to sponsor a number of local Denver Jewish Day School teachers as part of this important new Hebrew education event in Denver. Sari also takes on a new team role in NMELRC; she will be a key member of the committee which creates reading and listening exams and assessment items for Hebrew language education.
Sarah Pessin, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies, Emil and Eva Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus.
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Sarah has recently completed her book, Ibn Gabirol's Theology of Desire: Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism. The book will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. Her new book project addresses intercultural methodologies for telling the history of philosophy in a more inclusive manner.
Continuing her work in medieval metaphysics, Sarah has just completed an essay on "Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonisms" for a new Neoplatonism sourcebook, and is currently working on an essay on the philosophical implications of matter in Islamic philosophy for a new volume, and an essay on the philosophy of Solomon Ibn Gabirol for a specialized anthology on mereology (viz. the philosophy of parts and wholes). In addition to serving as the recently-appointed editor for the Jewish philosophy section of a new medieval philosophy reader, Sarah is working with Richard Taylor (of Marquette University) to organize the upcoming Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions conference (July 10-13, 3013 at DU), an annual gathering of scholars of medieval philosophy that rotates each year between DU and Marquette University. Sarah also recently participated in medieval philosophy conference panels at University of Toronto (October 2012) and at the American Catholic Philosophical Association meeting (November 2012).
Continuing her work in modern Jewish thought, Sarah has just completed an invited auto-biographical reflection on the future of Jewish philosophy and theology for a new volume in her field, and she is currently working to complete an invited essay on apophatic Jewish theology for a new collection.
Continuing her work in relation to DU's new Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site, Sarah will participate in talk-backs for two January performances of the Emperor of Atlantis (see CJS main webpage for more details). Sarah will also share some of her thoughts about the opportunities for inclusivity and inter-cultural bridge-building at the new Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site through her participation in a DU Enrichment Class this Spring (see CJS main website for more details).
Sarah is currently on sabbatical.
Adam Rovner, Assistant Professor of English and Jewish Literature
Ph.D., Indiana University, Indiana.
Adam Rovner continues his research into the intellectual history of Territorialism, the ideological movement to create homelands for persecuted Jews in the first half of the 20th Century. His book on the topic is forthcoming from NYU Press. An essay ("Portuguese Palestine") drawn from his research, which was supported by a University PROF grant, was published in December 2012 in the UK magazine History Today.
Several other articles appeared in 2012 including: "Forcing the End: Apocalyptic Israeli Fiction (1971-2009)" in Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture (Wayne State UP), "Hebrew Literature post-1948" in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History and Culture, "Promised Lands: Alfred Döblin as a Territorialist Ideologue" in Ma'arav: Art, Culture, Media, and an interview with Nathan Englander in English Literature Notes. Also in 2012, Adam Rovner's short documentary, "No Land Without Heaven: Isaac Nachman Steinberg and the Freeland League," was screened at the Bibliotheque Medem (Paris) the Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon), and is now featured on MyJewishLearning.com.
Adam has presented lectures in the previous year at The University of Haifa (Israel), Southern Methodist University, the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Illinois, and King's College London (UK).
Alison Schofield, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
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Alison Schofield has been receiving international acclaim for her recently published work in the Dead Sea Scrolls: From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule (EJ Brill, 2008). She has also just finished co-editing a forthcoming collection of essays on the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and early Judaism in honor of her advisor; the collection is entitled A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam (Brill, 2011). Alison has been recently entrusted with the extensive multi-year project of creating a new translation, edition and commentary on the charter text of the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Community Rule
Recently, Alison delivered a paper and participated on a panel of scholars as part of a plenary session dedicated to discussing the implications of her recent book on the Dead Sea Scrolls, From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule (EJ Brill, 2008), alongside the work of esteemed Scrolls scholar, Prof. John J. Collins.
Alison's paper and panel took place at the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament/International Organization for Qumran Studies, held recently in Helsinki, Finland. The panel included five respondents, including archaeologists, sociologists and other text scholars on the Scrolls, who spoke on how their arguments are challenging the entire field of Qumran studies around the critical question, "Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?"
Jonathan Sciarcon, Assistant Professor of Jewish History
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
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Jonathan spent much of the summer conducting archival research on Ottoman Jewish history in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the British National Archives in London, England and several other archives in the UK. This winter, Jonathan will be teaching two new courses. The first is a 3000 level History/Judaic Studies course looking at the history of U.S.-Zionist and U.S.-Israeli relations since 1917. The second is a 2000 level History course comparing social, political, and economic developments in the Ottoman and Meiji (Japan) Empires in the 19th and 20th centuries, which he'll be co-teaching with his colleague Prof. Gibbs in the Department of History. Also, Jonathan's 1000 level Crusades course, which will be taught this Spring, will this year be cross-listed as a Judaic Studies course.
In November, 2010, Jonathan presented a paper at the Middle East Studies Association conference in San Diego on the change from Ottoman to Iraqi identity among Iraq's Jewish communities in the 1920s, and at the same conference also took part in a thematic roundtable discussion dedicated to the question of, "Who is an Arab Jew"?
CJS AFFILIATED FACULTY:
Pamela M. Eisenbaum, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins
Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology
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Amy Erickson, Instructor of Hebrew Bible, Iliff School of Theology
PhD Candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary
Arthur Gilbert, Associate Professor, Korbel School of International Studies
PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Allison Horsley, Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature, Department of Theatre
MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale University
Allison.Horsley@du.edu 303.871.3161 Web Page
Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt, Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., New York University
Beth Karlsgodt recently gave a lecture for the Humanities Institute discussing the historical roots of today’s disputes by examining shifts in cultural property norms since the Nazi plunder of European art during World War II. This recent history elucidates current social and political trends, including an acute and transnational concern for heritage, variously defined, in our globalizing era.
Lydia Gil Keff, Lecturer, Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., Spanish/Latin American Literature, University of Texas at Austin
Lydia.Gil@du.edu 303.871.7844 Web Page
Lydia recently published an article in the M/MLA Journal: "A Voice to the Scream: Writing the Shoah in Mauricio Rosencof's THE LETTERS THAT NEVER CAME." The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 42.1, (2009): 43-54.
G. Kristian Miccio LL.M, J.S.D. Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law
Fulbright Scholar 2007-2008.
Gregory A. Robbins, Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Ph.D., Duke University.
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Eliana Schonberg, Director of the University Writing Center
University Writing Center, Penrose Library.
Ph.D., English, University of Texas, Austin
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Rabbi Stanley M. Wagner, Founding Director, Emeritus
Rabbi Wagner recently co-authored the five-volume “Onkelos on the Torah: Understanding the Bible Text” (Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem/New York) with Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin. Selected materials from their heavily-annotated work was incorporated into
the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations' new and increasingly popular Shnayim Mikra program, in which each weekly portion of the Torah's current book is studied online aliyah by aliyah. The goal of integrating these materials is to encourage people to study Onkelos and thus to fulfill the obligation of Shnayim Mikra to the fullest.
Rabbi Stanley Wagner has just published a new essay on the work of renowned Bible commentator, Onkelos: "Translation, Midrash, and Commentary Through the Eyes of Onkelos" in The Jewish Bible Quarterly (Volume 38, number 3, 151, July-September 2010), pp. 191-201.
Thyria K. Wilson, Archives Specialist/ Assistant to the Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives,
J.D., M.L.I.S., University of Denver.
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Meaghan Burns, Program Development Coordinator
M.A. Education, University of Denver
B.A. English Literature, CU-Boulder
Jeff Quinlisk, Assistant to the Director
M.P.P Public Policy, University of Denver
B.A. Political Science, University of Denver