When a Great Tradition Modernizes

When a Great Tradition Modernizes: Judaism and Its Engagements with Politics and Culture

A conference honoring the scholarship and teaching of Paul Mendes-Flohr

An RSVP is requested but not required. Boxed lunches will be provided to those who respond by November 14––please do let us know if you need a vegetarian or vegan meal.  Email cathleenkavita@uchicago.edu

“When a Great Tradition Modernizes” will celebrate the work of Paul Mendes-Flohr, the Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought, on the occasion of his retirement from the teaching faculty of The Divinity School.

Paul Mendes-Flohr has been a beloved member of the Divinity School faculty since the 2000–2001 academic year. Cosmopolitan in his scholarship and generous in his teaching and advising, this conference honors those commitments through a set of lectures o ered by several of his many students that engage abiding themes of his work as scholar, teacher, and advisor: intellectual history in modernity, Jewish philosophy and religious thought, German intellectual history, and the history and sociology of intellectuals.



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Swift Lecture Hall (3rd floor)

9am: Registration and Coffee
9:30: Dean’s Welcome

9:45–10:45: Rachel Seelig (PhD'11), “Mentor and Pupil: On Martin Buber, Ludwig Strauss, and Tuvia Ruebner” 

10:45 Break

11:00 Sam Brody (PhD'13), “United Passions: Jewish Modernity and the Quest for Integrity in Some Works of Paul Mendes-Flohr” 

12: Lunch 

12:45–1:45 Benjamin Sax (PhD'08), “‘Sprechen ist Natur. Hören ist Kultur’: Paul Mendes Flohr and the Life of Quotation” 

1:45-2:00 Break 

2-3pm Heather Miller Rubens (PhD'11), “Imagining Interreligious Citizens: Dualities, Divisions, and Dialogues” 

3-3:15 Break 

3:45–5pm: Faculty Panel 

5–6pm: Reception, Common Room  (1st floor)


Need an accommodation to attend a Divinity School event? Please call Ms. Sandra Peppers in advance at 773-702-8219.

This conference is cosponsored by the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies.