The Poetic Imagination and Mysticism: The Poetry and Scholarship of Gershom Scholem

February 1-2, 2004

The University of Chicago 

Sunday, February 1
7:00–8:30 p.m., Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall, 1010 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637 

From Berlin to Jerusalem: The Journey of the Jewish Liederabend
A musical evening remembering the aesthetic worlds of Gershom Scholem, performed by members of the New Budapest Orpheum Society


Monday, February 2
2:00–7:15 p.m., Swift Lecture Hall, 1025 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637 

Gershom Scholem: The Poet Chair: Paul Mendes-Flohr (University of Chicago)
2:00–2:45 p.m.
“Scholem, the Poet: A Publisher’s Perspective” by Peter Cole (Ibis Editions, Jerusalem)

2:45–3:45 p.m. 
“Philologist’s Abyss: Some Thoughts on the Poetry of Gershom Scholem” by Steven Wasserstrom (Reed College)

3:45–4:15 p.m. 
Break

4:15–5:00 p.m.
Readings from Gershom Scholem’s The Fullness of Time: Poems (Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2003), chaired by Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago), with selections from the English translation presented by Peter Cole, and selections from the original German presented by Berthold Hoeckner (University of Chicago)

Gershom Scholem: The Scholar 
Chair: Bernard Wasserstein (University of Chicago)

5:00–5:45 p.m.
“Gershom Scholem’s ‘Fröehliche Wissenschaft’” by Menachem Brinker (University of Chicago)

5:45–6:30 p.m.
“The Lamentations of Youth” by Antony David (Private Scholar, Tucson, Arizona)

6:30–7:15 p.m.
“The Anarchic Promiscuity of All Living Things: Scholem’s Heresy and the Modern Jewish Predicament” by Benjamin Lazier (University of Chicago)



Sponsored by the Committee on Jewish Studies, the Divinity School, the Department of Music, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Division of Humanities, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture.