March 24, 2014
Academic Lecture: Michael K. Silber will deliver the Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies, titled:
In Your Face explores the meanings and the misinterpretations associated with the beard and the shaven face in Jewish society. The eighteenth century is its focus, when most of European adult males were clean shaven, and the Jewish male visage could be read to indicate tradition and identity, acculturation and secularization. The lecture begins with a specific incident, an in your face provocation in Amsterdam in 1778 and then reveals its true causes and widens to encompass a worldwide controversy caused by a scandal in Bohemia that in many ways inadvertently sparked the beginnings of Jewish secularization. Professor Silber is on the faculty at Hebrew University and this year is a visiting faculty member at Yale.
We regret that we must cancel the lecture with Peter Schäfer that was previously scheduled for March 24th.
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.