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September 2014

Academic lecture: The Talmud’s Great Dispute of Religiosity

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hyde Hall,
UNC CH NC United States

MENACHEM FISCH, professor and director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies Project at Tel Aviv University, has published on the history of science and mathematics, confirmation theory and rationality, and talmudic literature and legal reasoning. In his talk he will explore the Talmud’s dispute of religiosity, the dispute about the very moral perfection of God and his Word. But what can it mean to be religiously obligated, faithful or committed, it asks, to a morally flawed deity and…

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November 2014

Community lecture: What is the Meaning of Bagels and Falafel?

SHAUL STAMPFER, professor at Hebrew University and author of books on Eastern European Jewry including Families, Rabbis and Education and Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century, will point out the history and hidden symbolic meaning behind two classic modern Jewish foods: bagels, an iconic food of American Jewish cuisine, and falafel, which has a similar role as an Israeli Jewish food. In his talk he will highlight the process of how bagels and falafels became a national food, which illuminates…

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January 2015

Community Event: Golde and Her Daughters: Soviet Jewish Women and the Schizophrenic Model of Acculturation

January 26, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ELISSA BEMPORAD, professor at Queens College, The City University of New York, will investigate the complicated process of socialization and acculturation into the Soviet regime as experienced by Jewish women, from the Bolshevik Revlution until the eve of World War II. Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies II

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February 2015

Academic lecture: The Landscape of Monotheism

February 23, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

BARUCH HALPERN, the Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies at University of Georgia, co-director of archeological excavations of the ancient city Megiddo in Israel and author of various books including David’s Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King, will discuss how and why monotheism was institutionalized in ancient Judah and Jerusalem, how this ideological strand continued after the exile, and influenced evolving Judaism as a whole, and then Christianity and Islam, what occasioned the idea and its socialization and governmental imposition,…

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April 2015

The Uhlman Family Seminar: Jewish Literature

April 18, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This continuing education seminar featuring faculty from UNC and elsewhere is planned for April 18, 2015. Please check this site again in late 2014 for seminar topics, speakers, and registration fees. This seminar is offered by the Program in Humanities and Human Values and is made possible by a grant from the Uhlman Family Fund. Pre-registration is required.

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Community lecture: Crossing the Boundary from Gentile to Jew

April 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

DANA KAPLAN, lecturer in Jewish Studies at the United Theological College of the University of the West Indies and a rabbi in Kingston, Jamaica, will investigate the unique dynamics underlying conversion to Judaism in the 19th century American south, including how Jews adapted their religious and ethnic identity to conform to the expectations of southern society.   Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South

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