February 10, 2014
ERIC CLINE, professor at The George Washington University and co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, will present an illustrated overview of excavations at the Mount of Megiddo, the actual physical location for Armageddon, the cataclysmic battle between good and evil, including a large Early Bronze Age temple, a palace and city gate, and unexpected finds from the 1948 War of Independence.
Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies
February 24, 2014
ARNDT ENGELHARDT, of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig, will explore the history of one of the most significant Jewish encyclopedias of the modern eras, and how it sought to create a new canon of modern Jewish culture in the interwar period.
This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, ’58.
March 24, 2014
PETER SCHÄFER, former professor of Jewish Studies and Religion and director of the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University, will explore the emergence of new ideas regarding more than just one divine power that arose in pre-Christian
Judaism and how these ideas may have contributed to shaping New Testament Christianity.
The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies
March 26, 2014
MAGDA TETER, professor of history and director of the Jewish and Israel Studies program at Wesleyan University, will explore how the small minority of Jews in Europe played key – and often understudied – roles in social, economic, and cultural life in the period from the Renaissance and the Reformation to the French Revolution. This lecture is the keynote address at the Carolina symposium on Early Modern Europe and the Jews: A History of Mutual Impact.
April 7, 2014
Community Lecture with Bill Morgan, who worked as Allen Ginsberg’s bibliographer for twenty years, until the poet’s death in 1997. This lecture will focus on what is arguably Allen Ginsberg’s greatest work, “Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg,” which was written following the death of Ginsberg’s mother in a New York mental institution. Ginsberg penned one of the most emotional and moving poems of the 20th century when a traditional mourner’s kaddish could not be recited. The speaker will also share images from Ginsberg’s family album.