Jewish Studies Public Programs Calendar

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Events in this calendar are free and open to all unless otherwise noted. All times listed in MST (Arizona). Events subject to change — see individual event pages for up-to-date details. Pre-registration is required for all events via the links provided, so we may easily notify you of any unplanned schedule adjustments.

We are grateful for the support of our Community Partners!

  • This year’s programming is offered in partnership with the Martin Pear JCC. Together, we are building connections, enhancing accessibility to ASU programs, and advancing the social and cultural well-being of the local community.

  • Spring 2022 offered in partnership with Jewish Family & Children's Services Center for Senior Enrichment to further enrich community access to ASU programs, and enhance learning experiences for local seniors.

2021-2022 Past Programs

Religion and science: religion and trust

series | Religion and science

Adam Cohen
Psychology, ASU

October 5

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Campus antisemitism: where, when, and why Jews are targeted

lecture

Ayal Feinberg
Texas A&M University-Commerce

October 14 

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Jewish-Muslim relations through the ages: co-existence and conflict

The Lowe Family Conference

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Understanding the past is conducive to addressing the challenges of the present and the future. World-renowned historians, sociologists and scholars of religious studies examined the past and present of Jewish-Muslim relations.

Religion and science: religion’s role in human evolution

series | Religion and science

Paul Cassell
Leadership and Integrative Studies, ASU

October 20 

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Conscious history: Polish Jewish historians before the Holocaust and today

lecture

Natalia Aleksiun
Touro College

November 4 

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The impossible art of survival: the poetry of Paul Celan

series | Thinking through literature after Auschwitz 

Natalie Lozinski-Veach
International Letters and Cultures, ASU

November 9

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Ghost writing: Phillip Roth, Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz

series | Thinking through literature after Auschwitz 

Brian Goodman
English, ASU

November 16

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Poetry and prose after Auschwitz: a roundtable

series | Thinking through literature after Auschwitz 

Brian Goodman
English, ASU

Natalie Lozinski-Veach
International Letters and Cultures, ASU

Claudia Sadowski-Smith
English, ASU

November 30

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community partner event | Holocaust memory and its misuse during COVID-19

December 1 

Join our community partner Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Arizona for an informative webinar on the recent rise of Holocaust comparisons used to describe COVID-19 health mandates by local and national elected officials, and learn ways to combat them.

They changed my name: immigration myths and mythologies

series | Jewish genealogy

Janette Silverman
Ancestry.com

December 7

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Challenges in Jewish Ancestral Research

series | Jewish genealogy

Janette Silverman
Ancestry.com

December 14 

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Rabbis of the Talmud

series | The rabbis that shaped Jewish history

Stanley Mirvis
Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies, ASU

January 20

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Jewish women and the feminist revolution

Albert and Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence
Pamela Nadell
American University

January 24 

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Rabbis of the Middle Ages

series | The rabbis that shaped Jewish history

Stanley Mirvis
Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies, ASU

January 27

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Reading the Bible with ancient Jews and Christians

series | Ancient roots: Judaism and ancient Christianity 

Blake Hartung
Religious Studies, ASU

February 1

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Rabbis of Early Modernity

series | The rabbis that shaped Jewish history

Stanley Mirvis
Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies, ASU

February 3

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Toward Judaism and Christianity: processes of separation

series | Ancient roots: Judaism and ancient Christianity 

Francoise Mirguet
Jess Schwartz Associate Professor of Hebrew and Near Eastern Cultures, ASU

February 8

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Identities and Categories in Jewish Antiquity

series | Ancient roots: Judaism and ancient Christianity 

Tim Langille
Religious Studies, ASU

February 15

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Why do people discriminate against Jews?

lecture

Jonathan Fox
Bar Ilan University

February 16

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The silence of the Pope: Pius XII and the SS roundup of Rome’s Jews

The Lowe Family Lecture

David Kertzer
Brown University

February 22

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Celebrating Jewishness and Dance

March 6
Celebrating the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance. During this session you will hear from the editors and several contributors to the Handbook as they explore the powerful convergence of dance with Jewish culture and identity from diverse perspectives. 

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Purim Revenge Fantasy

lecture

Stanley Mirvis
Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies/History, Arizona State University

March 8

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Judaism and public health: living in the shadows of pandemics

Judaism, Science and Medicine Group

Sunday, March 27, 2022

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended the life of all people worldwide, is still raging, despite the invention of a vaccine against the virus. The annual Judaism, Science, and Medicine Group (JSMG) conference reflected on the COVID-19 pandemic from historical, sociological, legal, philosophical, and ethical perspectives.  Special attention was paid to clinical and practical lessons learned since the beginning of the pandemic, and the diverse responses of the Jewish community to the pandemic. Through interdisciplinary examination of accumulated data, the conference reflected on the past and future of living in the shadows of pandemics.   

Drunk with Genocide. Drinking Rituals and the Intoxication of Mass Murder in Nazi Germany

lecture

Edward Westermann
Texas A&M-San Antonio

April 3 

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From Samarkand to the Valley of the Sun: The History and Culture of the Bukharan Jews