Jewish Studies Public Programs Calendar

All times MST (Arizona) unless otherwise noted. Schedules subject to change. 

Pre-registration is required for all events via the links provided, so we may easily notify you of any unplanned schedule adjustments.

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.

2021-2022 Public Conferences

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

The Lowe Family Conference

Sunday, October 17, 2021
10 a.m.–6 p.m. (MST) via Zoom
free and open to all

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Since the rise of Islam in the seventh century, Jews and Muslims have lived in close proximity, collaborating, interacting and cross-influencing each other. This conference examines the development of Jewish-Muslim interaction over time, with special attention to the difference between pre-modern and modern periods, and highlighting the confluence of social, economic, political, cultural, and religious dimensions. The conference contends that understanding the past is conducive to addressing the challenges of the present and the future. World-renowned historians, sociologists and scholars of religious studies will examine the past and present of Jewish-Muslim relations.

Judaism and public health: living in the shadow of pandemics

Judaism, Science and Medicine Group

Sunday, March 27, 2022
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (MST) via Zoom
free and open to all

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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 will reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic from historical, sociological, legal, philosophical, and ethical perspectives.  Special attention will be 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 will reflect on the past and future of living in the shadow of pandemics.   

2021 Public Programs

Religion and science: religion and trust

series | Religion and science

Adam Cohen
Psychology, ASU

October 5 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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Religion and science: religion’s role in human evolution

series | Religion and science

Paul Cassell
Leadership and Integrative Studies, ASU

October 12 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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

lecture

Ayal Feinberg
Texas A&M University-Commerce

October 14 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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Conscious history: Polish Jewish historians before the Holocaust and today

lecture

Natalia Aleksiun
Touro College

November 4 | 5 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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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 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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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 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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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 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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They changed my name: immigration myths and mythologies

series | Jewish genealogy

Janette Silverman
Ancestry.com

December 7 | 6 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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Challenges in Jewish Ancestral Research

series | Jewish genealogy

Janette Silverman
Ancestry.com

December 14 | 6 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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2022 Public Programs

Rabbis of the Talmud

series | The rabbis that shaped Jewish history

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

January 13 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person | registration required

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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 20 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person | registration required

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Down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room: Jewish women and the feminist revolution

Albert and Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence

Pamela Nadell
American University

January 24 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person | registration required

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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

January 27 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person | registration required

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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 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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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 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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Identities and Categories in Jewish Antiquity

series | Ancient roots: Judaism and ancient Christianity 

Tim Langille
Religious Studies, ASU

February 15 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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Why do people discriminate against Jews?

lecture

Jonathan Fox
Bar Ilan University

February 16 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the Martin Pear JCC
12701 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
registration required

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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 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the Martin Pear JCC
12701 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
registration required

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New perspectives on dancing Jewish

workshop

Naomi Jackson
School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University, Arizona State University

March 6 | 4 p.m.
via Zoom | registration required

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Purim revenge fantasy

lecture

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

March 8 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the Martin Pear JCC
12701 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
registration required

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

lecture

Edward Westermann
Texas A&M-San Antonio

April 3 | 5 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the ASU Tempe campus
Memorial Union | Alumni Lounge (room 202)
registration required

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Gender, genocide, and White Supremacy

lecture

Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Keene State College

April 26 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society
22 E. Culver Street, Phoenix
registration required

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From Samarkand to the Valley of the Sun: the history and culture of the Bukharan Jews

lecture

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

May 1 | 4-7 p.m.
in person 
Beth El Phoenix | 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix

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