Fall 2006 Lecture Series
Drew Levinson, Film Screening and Discussion of "Lasting Impressions"
Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
"Lasting Impressions" is a powerful documentary about two members of a Jewish community living in a small town in the heart of the South's Bible Belt. Nearly two decades after they moved away, Drew Levinson, CBS news correspondent and Melinda Weinstein, associate professor of English at Lawrence Technological University come home to Robeson County, North Carolina to explore the unique history of their Jewish community. Levinson and Weinstein's story reveals of how the Jewish people of Robeson County contributed to their community both as "insiders" and "outsiders." ["Lasting Impressions," 47 minutes]
This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.
Paula Hyman, "Gender, Antisemitism, and Modern Jewish Identity"
Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
In the modern era, Jews have typically defined their identity in relation to the social and political worlds with which they have come into contact. In her lecture, Paula Hyman will explore how Jewish men and women fashioned their identities at the turn of the 20th century, an era that challenged their most basic assumptions about the place of Jews in state and society. Hyman, Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University, has written widely on the history of French Jewry and on Jewish women's history.
This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58.
Stephen Whitfield, "The (Harry) Golden Era of Civil Rights"
Monday, October 16, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
The Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lectureship on the Jewish Experience in the American South
Stephen Whitfield, Professor of American Studies at Brandeis University, will discuss the colorful life of Harry Golden, a Charlotte journalist and transplanted liberal New Yorker who felt at home in North Carolina. A best-selling author of wry and humorous essays, Golden was forthright in his commitment to racial equality when such a stance was not only courageous, but dangerous.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.
Daniel Boyarin, "The Son of Man: A Jewish Life"
Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss how the Son of Man figure in the Gospels may provide important clues for unlocking the mysteries of rabbinic and non-rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. The fact that in the Parables of Enoch we find the Son of Man as a redeemer figure without reference to any particular Christian context provides a highly significant clue to the history of Judaism.
This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.
Marc Bregman, "Midrash as Visualization: Depicting the Binding of Isaac in Text and Image"
Thursday, November 16, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
Midrash, the creative interpretation of scripture, though preserved in texts, is often highly visual. Using both texts and images depicting the Aqedah (the "Binding of Isaac," Genesis Chapter 22), Bregman, Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, UNC-Greensboro, explores how Jewish biblical interpretation invites its readers to visualize the biblical narrative.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies
All lectures free and open to the public.
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