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Elisheva Carlebach (Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of History at Columbia University) -
"Love and Longing: The Lives and Letters of Premodern European Jews"

Professor Carlebach is the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society at Columbia University, specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the Jews in Early Modern Europe.  Areas of particular interest to her include the intersection of Jewish and Christian culture and its effect on notions of tolerance, religious dissent, conversion, messianism, and communal governance.  Her books include The Pursuit of Heresy (1990), awarded the National Jewish Book Award, and Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Early Modern Germany (2000).  Her next book, Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.


Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum

Free and open to the public, with a light reception to follow

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"Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Jewish Culture"

Calendars are maps on which a society inscribes its conception of time and marks its place within the larger world. Jewish calendars (luchot) of early modern Europe provide a fascinating window into previously unknown aspects of Jewish popular culture, economic activity (in the recording of markets and fairs), the Jewish sense of past and future, and the penetration of Christian culture into Jewish life and Jewish responses.  We will look at several examples of luchot and examine the ways they reflect Jewish life in Christian lands.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Callaway Center S319

The Seminar Series in Jewish Studies is co-sponsored by the departments of German Studies, History, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS), Religion, the Graduate Division of Religion, and the program in Russian and East European Studies (REES) and is proud to be one of the Bill & Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (CHIIRS). The series is also generously supported by the James T. Laney Graduate School’s New Thinkers/New Leaders Fund and the LaBelle Birnbaum Tenenbaum Enrichment Fund.



The Tenenbaum lecture is sponsored by:

The Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
The Hightower Fund
Laney Graduate School
The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of English
Department of History
Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts

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