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The Harold and Jean Grossman Lectures in Jewish Thought

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Made possible with funding from the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies and support from the Center for Jewish Studies.


Education After Auschwitz: Levinas’s Crisis of Humanism

Claire Katz, Texas A&M
Director, Women's and Gender Studies
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies
Cornerstone Fellow

Wednesday, October 23 | 4:30 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403

Claire KatzClaire Katz is a professor of Philosophy, and Women's and Gender Studies, and the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (Indiana 2013); An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (I.B. Tauris, 2013, forthcoming); Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca (Indiana 2003); and the editor of Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, volumes 1-4 (Routledge 2005). Her research focuses on modern Jewish philosophy, 20th century French philosophy, feminist theory, and philosophy of education. She is currently working on a primary source reader to accompany An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy in addition to developing a program in Philosophy for Children at Texas A&M University.


Miracles and Belief: A Consideration to Issues regarding Naturalism and Supernaturalism

Joseph Cohen, St. John’s College
Tutor Emeritus

Wednesday, November 20 | 4:30 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403

Joseph CohenJoseph Cohen taught throughout the four year liberal arts curriculum at St. John's College. As such he can be considered a generalist, not a specialist, in many fields of learning. He is interested in exploring the interrelations of Philosophy, Theology, Politics, and Law, and has written on the thought of authors such as Maimonides, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Hume and Kant. He studied in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Chicago, and received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.


Missionary Science for Women: What Were They Thinking?

Miriam Levin, Case Western Reserve University
Professor of History and History of Art, Case Western Reserve University

Wednesday, February 26 | 4:30 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403

Miriam LevinProfessor Levin's research, publishing, teaching and related activities are devoted to critically examining how technology and science were integrated into modern society. In addition to scholarly production, her publications and lectures include those directed at educating more popular audiences in this country and abroad about the forces of scientific and technological change. Her many honors and awards include the following:  Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Urban Modernity honored by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Book of 2011; Defining Women’s Scientific Enterprise, Pulitzer Prize nominee, 2005 and nominee for Margaret Rossiter Prize for best book on women’s history, History of Science Society, 2008. Winner of Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at Case; elected Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Nominated Candidate for Vice- President of the Society for the History of Technology, 2010.


Renewing Creation: Philosophical Ripples in Evolutionary Theory for Jewish Theology

Bradley Artson, American Jewish University
Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Wednesday, March 26 | 4:30 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403

Bradley ArtsonRabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. A member of the Philosophy Department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion. He supervises the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and mentors Camp Ramah in California. A regular columnist for the Huffington Post, he is the author of 10 books and over 250 articles, most recently God of Becoming & Relationship: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology.