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Solomon/Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Series in Judaic Studies

February 8, 2017

  • Professor Anna Shternshis of the University of Toronto, and author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939 and the forthcoming When Sonia Met Boris: Jewish Daily Life in Soviet Russia will present "Machine Guns and Lonely Orphans: Yiddish Music in the Soviet Union during the Holocaust" her research on Yiddish Music in the Soviet Union during the Holocaust.

February 2015

  • Amy Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University is a popular and candid speaker on the Jewish aspects of Christianity. For the February 2015 David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture, the Department of Religious Studies invited Professor Levine to speak on the parables of Jesus. The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies was on of the many co-sponsors of the evening.

November 10, 2014

  • The annual Abraham and Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture will be given by Professor Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Director, University of Michigan. Her lecture is titled "Urban Origins of American Judaism." The event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies and History.

October 24, 2013

  • The 20th Anniversary of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies was celebrated with a lecture by Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. & Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California at Berkeley. His lecture was entitled, "Imagining No Judaism" and was co-sponsored by the departments of English, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Religious Studies.

February 19, 2013

  • The Third Annual David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture at the University of Tennessee was delivered by Dr. Paula Fredriksen, The William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She spoke on "SIN: Original and Otherwise."

November 22, 2010

  • 2010-2011 Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor Alec Mishory gave a lecture entitled, "Alphabet of Creation': Some Aspects of Beauty and Uniqueness of the Hebrew Alphabet," This lecture was co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Art, Departments of Religious Studies and History, Abraham and Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Fund for Judaic Studies, Karen and Pace Robinson Enrichment Fund, Knoxville Jewish Alliance, and the Jewish Community of Knoxville.

October 1, 2009

  • Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor Igal Bursztyn, from Tel Aviv University, spoke on "Film and Zionism: Cinema in Jewish Cultural Renewal from 1896-2009." This lecture was cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Departments of Religious Studies and History, Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Fund, University of Tennessee; Knoxville Jewish Alliance, and the Jewish Community of Knoxville.

November 6, 2008

  • Dr. Rivka Ribak, 2008-09 Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa presented a lecture entitled, "People of the Book: Resistances to the Media in Israel." The lecture was cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Departments of Religious Studies and History, the Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Fund, University of Tennessee; Knoxville Jewish Alliance, and the Jewish Community of Knoxville.

February 8, 2008

  • Professor Andrea Berlin, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Archaeology University of Minnesota, gave a lecture entitled, "New Light on the Period of the Maccabees: Excavations at Tel Kedesh." This lecture was cosponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies, History and Classics and the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Abraham and Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Fund for Judaic Studies, as well as the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.

April 23, 2007

  • Dr. Ehud Toledano, Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, presented a lecture entitled, "As if Silent and Absent: Bonds of Enslavement in the Islamic Middle East." This lecture was co-sponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies, History, the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Abraham and Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Fund for Judaic Studies, as well as the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.

October 6, 2006

  • Professor Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Harvard University, Lecture on "God and Humans in the Creation Stories of Genesis." 

October 23 and 24, 2003

  • Professor Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls" and "Jerusalem in the Era of Herod the Great."

February 20, 2002

  • Professor Carol Meyers, Religious Studies Department, Duke University, "All about Eve: The Latest Word on the First Lady."

October 28, 2001

  • Professor Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor and Director, Graduate Program, New School for Social Research, New York, "Levinas: Evil and the Temptation of Theodicy."

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