At the Center for Jewish Studies, we are dedicated to exploring the important questions about Jewish history and culture from antiquity to the modern age. Our acclaimed faculty, path-breaking research, expanding undergraduate program, and focus on deepening ties within the University attest to the success and ongoing promise of our mission: to foster a new understanding of Jewish culture and history.
We support the academic study of the historical, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity of the full range of peoples who identify themselves as Jewish, while fulfilling the educational mission of the liberal arts to promote critical thought, reflection on values, and analysis of sources.
On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, Professor Alejandro Baer spoke to the community at Beth El Synagogue, giving a talk entitled, "Global Holocaust Memory and the New Anti-Semitism." A video of that talk is now available by visiting the Center's YouTube channel.
A lecture by Hanne Løland Levinson
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul
The Hebrew Bible and the Jewish tradition strongly argue that God should not be depicted in any form. At the same time, the Hebrew Bible is full of images for God. God is father, mother, and leopard, among others. The Hebrew Bible also draws on many diverse and challenging metaphors for God. Hanne Løland Levinson explores the diverse "god-language" of the Hebrew Bible and reflects on the connection between language for God and concepts of God.
Figural Jews: Jewish Identity in Modern Literature and Philosophy
Thursday, April 17, 2014: 1pm - 5pm
Friday, April 18, 2014: 9am - 12pm
Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum
This event is free and open to the public; however, a reservation is required. Please visit z.umn.edu/figuraljews to register.
The goal of this symposium is to reflect on the question of Jew as metaphor in theology, philosophy, history, literature, literary theory and film. "Troping" the Jew has a long history that can be traced back to Paul and the overcoming of the letter/law. The Jew "in the spirit," the Jew "in the heart," arguably designates the first avatar of the "figural Jew."(Continue Reading)02/12/14
The University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to present its Tenth Annual Community Lecture Series, in cooperation with synagogues and other sponsoring partners across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join us as writers, filmmakers, and scholars from varied fields address intriguing questions relevant to the Jewish experience today.
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Events are free and open to the public. A reception follows each lecture.