Nov 18 - Nov 20

Conference: Jewish Difference Under Empire


Jewish Difference Under Empire:Identity and Alterity across the Maghreb, France, and Israel/Palestine

Scholarship in Jewish studies has become increasingly attentive to the impact of colonial expansion and transnational exchange on Jewish life and writing. As the editors of the recent volume, Colonialism and the Jews put it: “In failing to grapple with colonialism, Jewish historians disregarded essential dimensions of the modern Jewish experience. In European colonies from the British antipodes to French North Africa, Jewish economic, religious, and social life was transformed in important ways by the encounter with empire.” Taking this as our starting point, we aim to continue conversations about the overlaps between Judaism and “other Others,” to use and expand Sergei Dogolpolski’s term. The goal is not to create an overarching theory of alterity, but to explore new possibilities for conceptualizing the production of race, minority, and difference, and the philosophical and political responses generated out of those experiences.

Starts: November 18, 2019
Ends: November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Nov 20

Wednesday Lunch with Joseph M. Hallman


November 20: Joseph M. Hallman is one of our 2019-2020 Martin Marty Center Senior Fellows. Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, he has written extensively on the Christology of the Fathers, especially on the question of divine suffering. His project during the Marty Seminar is a study of art and world religions, specifically the roots of iconoclasm.

Wednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago. Midday on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session, our student chef and lunch crew prepare a delicious vegetarian meal and serve it while guests listen to a talk, usually by a University faculty member or a community organization representative. All are welcome (you do not have to be affiliated with the Divinity School or even the University). Cost is just $5. Sign up in advance:

Sometimes these talks focus on various aspects of religion in public life or the academic study of religion, but topics have addressed everything from halal cooking to the germ biome to birds in ancient Egypt to language loss in Siberia to empathy in rats. Sit at any table and join the conversation: the programs provide an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage one another.

Lunch itself is a vegetarian meal (a vegan option is available by prior request) and typically includes bread, salad, a main course, dessert, and drinks. We have a very limited number of extra spaces available for each lunch, but you are welcome to take your chances as a walk-in.

Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Nov 20

Lecture by Ken Moss


Details TBD

Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Nov 20

Public lecture by Kenneth Moss

Title TBD. Kenneth Moss is Associate Professor, Felix Posen Chair in Modern Jewish History at Johns Hopkins University. "I study modern Jewish history from the mid-18th century to the present, with a particular interest in Jewish political, intellectual, and cultural histories in 19th and 20th-century Russia and Poland/Eastern Europe, Palestine, and Israel to the present day. My research to date has focused (in reverse chronological order) on East European Jewish political culture, thought, and choice in the interwar period; interwar Jewish social and moral thought, particularly evolving Jewish conceptions of the relationship between economic and political upheaval, majority-minority relations and identities, political rationality and irrationality, explanation and extrapolation, power and powerlessness, and futurity and risk; the history and sociology of Jewish nationalism from the 1880s to the 1930s; the intertwined histories of Zionism and Jewish Diasporism; the history and interpretation of Yiddish and Hebrew literary culture; and the Jewish negotiation of modern concepts of culture, the aesthetic, and the secular. Currently, as I complete a book on interwar Polish Jewish political culture, my research interests are turning toward the post-war world, with particular interests in the history of Israeli thought, culture, planning, and extrapolation regarding the future; the persistence/resurgence of Jewish religiosity especially in non-liberal forms; the history of American Yiddish literary culture as a site of social thought and historical reflection on the American century. My teaching interests extend across a wide array of topics in modern Jewish history as well as 20th century and contemporary social theory; the history and sociology of nationalism; the institution of culture; the history of religion in modernity. My current book project, provisionally entitled The Unchosen People: Danger, Powerlessness and the Recasting of Polish Jewish Culture, Thought, and Politics in the Age of Fascism, is under advanced contract from Harvard University Press."

Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Nov 21

Orietta Ombrosi - "Sarah Kofman, a Feminine Deconstruction of ...


Orietta Ombrosi, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome and Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will deliver a public lecture about her research on French philosopher Sarah Kofman. A reception will follow. For information, please contact the Greenberg Center at

Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Nov 26

Open Space


A unique opportunity for conversation, reflection, and fellowship around the things that enliven us, weigh on our hearts and minds, and give our work here meaning. All are welcome to come hear from diverse members of the community, to be opened and heartened by music or a reflective silence that points us beyond ourselves, and to wrestle (sometimes ritually) with the tensions we — as people who come from many places and traditions — see in our lives and in our world.

Date: November 26, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM

Dec 2

David Ridge - "Two Coherent Stories in Numbers 16"


PhD student in the Divinity School, David Ridge, will present his work at the Hebrew Bible Workshop. For information, contact workshop coordinator, Justin Moses, at

Date: December 2, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Dec 4

Lecture by Matthias Lehmann


Details TBD

Date: December 4, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Dec 5

Vincent Lloyd: Diversity and Inclusion speaker series


Vincent Lloyd of Villanova University will present at a Brown Bag Lunch as part of our Diversity and Inclusion speaker series, which focuses on issues of race and gender in the study of religion. Event will be held in Swift Common Room (1st floor).

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Dec 5

Theology/Ethics Workshops present Vincent Lloyd


The Theology and Religious Ethics Workshops present Vincent Lloyd, Associate Professor, Villanova University.

Prof. Lloyd works on philosophy of religion, religion and politics, and race. He was previously a faculty member at Syracuse University and Georgia State University.

With Joshua Dubler, he ecently completed a book manuscript on religion and mass incarceration - Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons - exploring the way that shifting understandings of justice and law (in politics, religious communities, and inside prisons) authorized exponential prison growth in the United States. He co-edits the journal Political Theology, and edits the American Academy of Religion's Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion book series, published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Lloyd says, "These days I'm thinking about dignity, following up on my book Black Natural Law. I'm trying to use legal history, Black studies, performance theory, and religion to explore what we might learn about the concept of dignity from the Black American experience."

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM