Past Events

Robert Alter: The Challenge of Translating the Bible – January 30th

Vanderbilt University is delighted to welcome Robert Alter, Ph.D., Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Professor Alter is the author of twenty-two published books, which include award-winning translations of Genesis and the Five Books … Read more

Clarice Lispector Translated, October 24th

October 10, 2016 — Vanderbilt University proudly presents a conversation between award-winning translator Katrina Dodson and Professor Earl Fitz on Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories (New Directions, 2015). From one of the greatest modern writers, these 85 stories are gathered from … Read more

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Dr. Adam Gregerman to Speak 3/14

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking 1965 Roman Catholic declaration on the relation between the Church and Judaism, both Jews and Catholics have released major theological statements on Jewish-Christian relations. Dr. Gregerman will critically analyze these … Read more

Cary Nelson from The University of Illinois to speak at Vanderbilt- 12/3

Cary Nelson will present “One Land, Two States, Three Narratives: A Proposal” on December 3rd from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 114 Furman Hall. Nelson is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Emeritus Professor of English. Known as a commentator on higher … Read more

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Professor Julia Cohen to present at the 3rd annual International Ladino Day celebration at the University of Washington

Sephardi Lives in Living Color Two editors, seven years, fifteen languages, and hundreds of documents. These are the elements of Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History. The impressive new volume out from Stanford University Press was co-edited by Prof. Julia Phillips Cohen of … Read more

11/10/2015: SUNY’s Sara Lipton presents: "What's in a Nose? On the Origins, Evolution, and Implications of the Anti-Semitic Caricature”

Sara Lipton, Professor of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook will speak at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, November 10th from 4:00-5:30, 123 Buttrick Hall. “What’s in a Nose? On the Origins, Evolution, and Implications of the Anti-Semitic Caricature” With … Read more

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10/12/15- Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Presented by Holocaust Lecture Series

Now in its 38th year, Vanderbilt’s annual Holocaust lecture series is the longest-running program of its kind at any university in the U.S. This year’s theme is gender and genocide which will explore how the multifaceted entanglements of gender and … Read more

Lecture by Inge Auerbacher, Child Survivor of the Holocaust 10/27/15

Inge Auerbacher was born in Germany in 1935 and spent three years between seven and ten years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. In her lecture, she will describe her memories of life before World War … Read more

Zimmerman Judaica Collection Exhibit Opens

Vanderbilt’s Judaica Collection : 70 Years in the Making -A nearly yearlong exhibition opened in May commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Mary and Harry Zimmerman Judaica Collection in the Vanderbilt University Divinity Library. The collection, numbering more than 20,000 titles, … Read more

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3/30 Condemning Hate, Reaffirming VU's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies will join with the Office of the Dean of Students, Vanderbilt Student Government, the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life, the Office of Greek Life and Vanderbilt’s Hillel, Chabad, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, … Read more

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4/20 Lenn Goodman Book Celebration

On Monday, April 20th in Buttrick Hall, there will be an event celebrating the publication of the book Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature (Brill, 2014). The program begins at 4:30 pm with a light reception in the Buttrick Atrium.  Beginning … Read more

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3/15-16/2015: Two Lectures on Holocaust Memory, with Michael Bernard-Donals

Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, and the Nancy Hoefs Professor of English and affiliate member of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present two lectures on Holocaust memory.   Sunday 3/15: Public … Read more

3/11/2015: UCLA's Tutino Speaks on Catholic-Jewish Relations in 17th C. Rome

“Buying with You, Selling with You, & Praying with You? Jewish Properties, Inquisitorial Conflicts, & Probabilist Theology in 17th Century Rome.” Dr. Stefania Tutino, Professor of History, UCLA Wednesday, March 11 4:00-5:30 pm Tillet Faculty Lounge, Vanderbilt Divinity School   … Read more

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2/24/2015: DRINK. PREY. LUST. Sexual Violence & the Book of Esther. Teach-in.

DRINK. PREY. LUST. SEXUAL VIOLENCE & THE BOOK OF ESTHER A TEACH-IN Tuesday, February 24 12:15-4:15 in Sarratt 189 (lunch served) 7:00 in Divinity 122   AFTERNOON PROGRAM 12:15 “NUDITY, DRUNKENNESS AND THE DEATH OF QUEEN VASHTI” Nicholas Schaser,  Ph.D. … Read more

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2/6/2015: UCLA's Todd Presner visits Vanderbilt

UCLA’s Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies, Todd Presner will speak at Vanderbilt on Friday, February 6th from 11:10-12:30, 123 Buttrick Hall “The Ethics of the Algorithm: Close and Distant Listening to the Shoah Foundation Visual History … Read more

1/28/2015 :Indiana Univ.'s Mark Roseman Speaks on Holocaust Rescue

Indiana University’s Mark Roseman will speak at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, January 28 from 4:10- 6:00, 123 Buttrick Hall The rescue of history: Holocaust rescue beyond altruism and hagiography – a case study Mark Roseman is Pat M Glazer Chair in Jewish … Read more

1/24/2015: Schoenberg’s "A Survivor from Warsaw," Performance and Lecture

The Vanderbilt Orchestra will perform Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at Ingram Hall on Saturday January 24th at 8:00 p.m. The piece will be performed with the men of the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and with narration by Vanderbilt musicologist Jim Lovensheimer. … Read more

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11/13/2014: Brandeis U's ChaeRan Freeze visits Vanderbilt

Brandeis University’s Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Dr. ChaeRan Freeze, comes to Vanderbilt on November 13th. “Illness and Everyday Life in Imperial Russia” Thursday, November 13th, 12:00PM, Buttrick 123 Lunch Provided     BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Dr. Freeze … Read more

9/18/2014: Yeshiva U's Ephraim Kanarfogel on Jews Returning from Apostasy in Medieval Christian Europe – Lunch Provided

Yeshiva University’s E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law and Chair of the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies, Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, comes to Vanderbilt on September 18th. “There and Back Again: Jews Returning from … Read more

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3/27/2014: Brandeis' Marc Brettler on Writing a Critical Jewish Commentary on the Psalms

2013-14 Jewish Studies Lecture Series presents Brandeis University’s Marc Brettler on March 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in 100 Alumni Hall. His talk is entitled, “Writing a Critical Jewish Commentary on the Psalms.” Read more

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2/27/2014: Haifa's J. H. Chajes to Speak on Kabbalah and the Diagramming of the Divine

2013-14 Jewish Studies Lecture Series presents Haifa University’s Yossi Chajes on February 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in 100 Alumni Hall. His talk is entitled, “It’s Good to See the King: Visual Kabbalah and the Diagramming of the Divine.” Read more

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45th Annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference

The 45th annual Association for Jewish Studies conference will take place in Boston, MA on December 15-17, 2013 and Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies will be well represented.   Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman: Moderator for Pre-modernity in the Digital Age Julia Cohen: Discussant … Read more

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Nashville Jewish Film Festival

The Program in Jewish Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit the NJFF website.

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