Archive of Events

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:15pm
Location: Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia 'teach in'
 
Panelists
Jodi Eichler-Levine, Professor, Religion Studies
Khurram Hussain, Professor, Religion Studies
Hartley Lachter, Professor/Chair, Religion Studies
Robert Rozehnal, Professor, Religion Studies
 
Open Q & A Conversation
 
 
Berman Center for Jewish Studies | Center for Global Islamic Studies | Religion Studies Department
 
 
 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:00am to Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:30pm

Venue: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York 10011 (USA)

Organized by: Nitzan LebovicDaniel Weidner

Research project(s): Prophetic Politics in Transatlantic Transfer

Organized in cooperation with the Zentrum Fur Literatur – Und Kulturforschung (Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin) and the Center for Jewish History, New York

Modern forms of prophetic rhetoric became important models for social and political change. The rise of modern political theology, political messianism, secularization, or the revival of “prophetic charisma” contributed to a different mode of revolutionary or reformative change. This change has been characterized by a tight relation between ethical and epistemological, normative and utopian claims, all of which integrated tropes of prophetic rhetoric. From this perspective, it is not sufficient to talk about religious rhetoric in relation to concepts such as hegemony and control; it is as important to consider its appearance in non-institutional discourses and different expressions of popular resistance, and then not only as mere gestures, but in the form of specific practices.

Our workshop in New York will continue in laying the foundation for a transatlantic cooperation about prophetic politics in the twentieth century. A first workshop was held in Berlin in June 2017, and focused mostly on references to an elitist and theoretical form of political prophecy in the Weimar republic. The second workshop, in New York, will follow the prophetic figure across the ocean, as it moves, with A.J. Heschel, Martin Buber, and Paul Tillich, to the American context. Here, historians believe, prophetic politics became more vernacular and more democratic. The second workshop will examine how and where the radical intellectual figure meets with other traditions of prophetic speech, such as the American Jeremiad, Walt Whitman’s transcendental prophetic plea, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X’s use of prophetic tropes, and the American-Muslim call for social and political reform.


Program

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Daniel Weidner (ZfL) and Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh University): Introduction

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Brian Britt (Virginia Tech University): Prophetic Perfectionism: The Afterlives of Nat Turner and John Brown

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sam Brody (The University of Kansas): Prophecy and Powerlessness

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Sarah Hammerschlag (The University of Chicago): Believing in the U.S.A.: Derrida, Melville and the Great American Charlatan

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (New York University): The Prophetic Voice: Political-Theological Perspectives

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Keynote Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College): Political Prophecy versus Liberation Theology: Ethical and Mystical Dimensions

Thursday, September 14, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
Reading session: Written prophecy

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saladin Ambar (Rutgers University): Catch on Fire: Malcolm X and the Black Prophetic Tradition

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University): Samuel Delany as Prophetic Critic

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
John Pettegrew (Lehigh University): James Baldwin's "Gospel of Love" in Mid-20th Century Democratic Thought

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Concluding discussion

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Location: Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:15pm
Location: The Humanities Center

In this lecture, I explore the affinities between the atonality of Heidegger’s speculation on the essence of the truth of being that eludes objectification and the nonsystematic system championed by the kabbalists in their effort to diagram the infinity that resists all schematic representation. I will argue that Heidegger’s Seyn and the kabbalistic Ein Sof are postontological constructs that call into question the suitability of systematic thinking applied to the being that is the singular fragmentation of all beings but that can never be confined to any particular being. Heideggerian and kabbalistic hermeneutics can be contemplated from the perspective of the atonality of thought, which is profitably compared to a musical fugue wherein the different aspects are joined together compositionally into a polyphonic whole in which each jointure intones the same sequence of notes from a contrapuntal perspective without a tonal center. 

Co-sponsors: The Humanities Center, Department of Philosophy and Department of Religion Studies

 
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: Roemmele Global Commons

Joy Ladin
David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English
Director, The Beren Writing Center
Yeshiva University

Joy Ladin is often asked how she reconciles being religious with being transgender. In this talk, she will explain how her childhood experience of hiding both her trans identity and her relationship with God has led her to see transgender experience as enriching rather than challenging, opposing or  "queering" religious tradition, a perspective she will illustrate by reading the story of Jonah (a man who preferred to die than live as who he was) from a trans perspective. Building on the work of feminist theologians, she will argue that expanding our understanding of humanity to be more gender-inclusive enables us to expand our understanding of God.

Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution and made page-3 news in the New York Post. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award, and she is also the author of seven books of poetry, including Lambda Literary Award finalists Impersonation and Transmigration. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and her work has been recognized with a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an American Council of Learned Societies research fellowship. She has spoken about gender identity issues around the country, and is currently writing a book of trans Jewish theology entitled, I Am What I Will Be: Meeting God at the Burning Bush of Becoming.

Co-sponsor:  Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Free non-ticketed event.

Paid parking available at Zoellner Arts Center or on street meter parking.
https://zoellner.cas2.lehigh.edu/directions-parking

 

 
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:15pm
Location: Humanities Center, Lehigh University

Thursday, December 3rd - 4:10PM
Humanities Center, Lehigh University
The Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies
The Humanities Center
present:
Kocku von Stuckrad
Professor of Religious Studies, Dean of Faculty, Theology and Relgious Studies
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
"Buber, Scholem, and the Birth of Twentieth-Century Kabbalah from Jewish Intellectual Discourse"

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

Monday, November 30 - 7:00pm
Seegers Union, Muhlenberg College
Writing Transparent: Revealing the Modern Jewish Family on Television
Micah Fitzerman-Blue
Writer and Supervising Producer of Transparent

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 7:15pm
Location: Kirby Hall of Civil Rights Room 104, Lafayette College
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:15pm
Location: Williams Hall, Global Commons

Gil Anidjar, Professor, Department of Religion & Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

The notion of a 'founding murder' seems strange enough, yet it is a common enough motif. What is even more interesting is that -- contra Freud -- the ancient Greek and Hebrew stories posit a fratricide, rather than a patricide at the origin. I want to explore these two answers -- for it's all in the family, or so it seems -- to the question of murder. If time permits, I shall proceed to reflect on kinship and politics -- or kinship and violence, if there is a difference -- in the Western tradition.

On Friday, October 9 from 11am – 12:30pm there will be a response to Professor Anidjar’s book “Blood” facilitated by Lehigh professors Nitzan Lebovic from History and Hartley Lachter and Khurram Hussain from Religion Studies at the Humanities Center, 224 W. Packer Ave. for faculty and graduate students. Please RSVP to sus3@lehigh.edu for the Friday event.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: Williams Hall, Global Commons

 

Welcome Back Mixer: Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Africana Studies
American Studies
Asian Studies
Global Studies
Classical Studies
Cognitive Science
Environmental Studies
Global Citizenship
Global Studies
Health, Medicine & Society
Jewish Studies
Latin American Studies
Science, Technology & Society
Sustainable Development
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
 
NEW STUDENTS: learn how interdisciplinary studies can enhance your academic goals, declare a major or a minor
 
CURRENT STUDENTS:re-connect with classmates and faculty
 
FACULTY: an opportunity to meet students and answer questions 
 
Light refreshments served
 
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Tower at Lehigh University

Book signing & reception to follow.

David Myers
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: Baker Center for the Arts, Recital Hall at Muhlenberg College
Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish studies
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: Jewish Community Center of Allentown, Board Room 702 N 22nd Street, Allentown, PA 18104
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:15pm
Location: Lafayette College, Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Room 104
Benjamin and Jewish Philosophy: Workshop
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9:30am
Location: Linderman 200

 

Benjamin and Jewish Philosophy: Workshop
March 6, 2015
 
9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh University): Introduction
 
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth College)
"A Critical Life and Benjamin's Other Biographers"
 
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Eric Jacobson (University of Roehampton)
"Judaic Motifs in Benjamin's Late Work"
 
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Discussion
 
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Brian Britt (Virginia Tech University)
"Framing the Question of Benjamin's Jewishness"
 
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Discussion and short break
 
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Christopher Driscoll (Lehigh University)
"Walter Benjamin, the Twilight of White American Identity, and the Terrible Difficult of Learning to Die"
 
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Annika Thiem (Villanova University)
"Benjamin's Messianic Metaphysics of Transience"
 
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Discussion
 
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Michael Jennings (Princeton University) and Nitzan Lebovic: Integrative Commentary
 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Concluding Discussion: Plans for Publication
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 4:15pm
Location: Linderman Library, 200

The Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies presented the Benjamin and Judaism ConferenceThursday, March 5, 4:10 p.m. in Linderman Library, 200Keynote Speaker:Dr. Michael Jennings, Princeton University“Toward the Apokatastatic Will: Patristics and Esoteric Judaism in Walter Benjamin’s Late Theological Politics”Friday, March 6, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Linderman Library, 200Paper Presentations and Discussions Dr. Brian Britt, Virginia TechDr. Christopher Driscoll, Lehigh UniversityDr. Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth CollegeDr. Eric Jacobson, University of RochamptonDr. Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh UniversityDr. Michael Jennings, Princeton UniversityDr. Annika Thiem, Villanova UniversityFor more information or to download, view the flyer here or click on the image at right.Office of Interdisciplinary Programs - 610-758-3996 - incasip@lehigh.cdu

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: Linderman 200
 
Benjamin and Judaism Conference
Thursday, March 5 • 4:10 p.m. • Linderman Library, 200
Keynote Speaker
 Dr. Michael Jennings 
Princeton University
 
“Toward the Apokatastatic Will: Patristics and Esoteric Judaism in Walter Benjamin’s Late Theological Politics”
 
 
The lecture examines the eschatology that is implicit in Walter 
Benjamin’s late work: the writings that grew from the Arcades Project and the book on Baudelaire. The theory of modernity developed there is not merely analytical: it subtends an understanding that the proper use of technologized media accelerates the erasure of the 
conditions that currently obtain. It is, in short, an apocalyptic 
eschatology. This line in Benjamin’s late thought is organized not 
by the concept of messianism, but by the theological concept of 
apokatastasis. Benjamin’s use of theological material is always local and always specific to a particular problem. His work deploys a “situational” theological politics oriented to the task at hand, a 
recombinatory logic that draws freely on elements of the Christian and Jewish traditions alike. 
 
Michael Jennings is the Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages in the Department of 
German at Princeton University. He is the author of two books on Walter Benjamin: Dialectical Images: Walter Benjamin's Theory of Literary Criticism (Cornell, 1987), and with Howard Eiland, Walter Bejamin: A Critical Life (Harvard, 2013). He also serves as the general editor of the standard English-language edition of Benjamin's works, Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings (Harvard, 1996ff.), and the editor of a series of collections of Benjamin's essays.
Jennings sits on the executive committees of the Program in European Cultural Studies and the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Humanistic Studies. He is an associated faculty member in the 
Department of Art and Archaeology and the School of Architecture. 
 
 
 
Friday, March 6 • 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Linderman Library, 200
Paper Presentations and Discussions
Dr. Brian Britt, Virginia Tech 
 
Dr. Christopher Driscoll, Lehigh University
 
Dr. Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College
 
Dr. Eric Jacobson, University of Roehampton
 
Dr. Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh University
 
Dr. Michael Jennings, Princeton University
 
Dr. Annika Thiem, Villanova University
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 -
2:30pm to 3:45pm
Location: STEPS 101
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:00pm
Location: Muhlenberg in Hillel C located at 2238 Chew Street