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February 2016

Community Lecture: Excavations in the Ancient Synagogue of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

JODI MAGNESS, a Kenan Distinguished Professor at UNC, has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee since 2011. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness will share these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in the summer 2015 season.   Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies II…

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Lunch Seminar: David Lambert

February 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch seminar for UNC faculty and graduate students. Reservations required.   Book launch with David Lambert How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture (Oxford University Press, 2016). Introduction: Luke Drake (graduate student, Department of Religious studies) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/how-repentance-became-biblical-9780190212247?cc=us&lang=en&#

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“Arabic Movie”: screening/discussion

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hyde Hall,
UNC CH NC United States
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A screening of “Arabic Movie” and discussion with the filmmaker. More details will be provided soon.

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March 2016

Community Lecture: Family Papers: A Sephardi Journey Through the 20th Century

SARAH STEIN, professor of history and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA, will explore why a family saves its paper and how the instinct for preservation defies wars, fire, genocide, migration and family feuds. While this lecture tells the history of a single family, it is also a reflection on how one family archive came to be built and preserved, and how it knit together a family even as the historic Sephardi heartland of southeastern Europe was unraveling.…

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The Story of God: National Geographic Channel

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A screening of National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God, followed by a panel discussion. More details to be provided.

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Lunch Seminar: Boyarin

March 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch seminar for UNC faculty and graduate students. Reservations required. Jonathan Boyarin The Kotsker Rebbe: Reaching for Heaven, Tied to Earth Jonathan Boyarin’s recent translation from Yiddish of Menashe Unger’s A Fire Burns in Kotsk presents a historical novel about one of the most fascinating figures in Polish Hasidism: Menachem Mendl Morgenstern, the Rebbe of Kotsk (1787-1859). While the Kotsker is famous for the intense intellectual and moral demands he made on his followers, Unger’s text presents a lively portrait of the…

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April 2016

Uhlman Family Seminar: Prejudices in Print: Reading European Antisemitism

April 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Prejudices in Print: Reading European Antisemitism The day prior to the Reconsidering Antisemitism conference, the Center and the UNC Program for the Humanities will hold the annual Uhlman Family Seminar for the general public and K-12 educators. This seminar will feature speakers from the antisemitism conference. This seminar will require a separate registration. Prejudices in Print: Reading European Antisemitism This year’s annual Uhlman Seminar will once again feature an “active reading” format. Our four speakers have chosen texts from four…

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Reconsidering Antisemitism Conference

April 10 - April 12

April 10-12, 2016 The Center is planning a conference on Antisemitism for spring semester, which will be open to the general public. This three-day conference—featuring academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research—will delve into the history of antisemitism and explore the topic from a scholarly viewpoint. We anticipate hosting more than 15 renowned, international  scholars who will lead the discussions. We will post additional information later in the semester. Pre-registration for portions of this conference will be required;…

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