(Conference) Make Talmud New (Bard College)

 

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“Make it New” New Possibilities for Classical Jewish Texts in Scholarship and Culture

Bard College, April 26, 2017

Sponsored by Bard Jewish Studies, Religion, Hebrew, Anthropology, Historical Studies, Literature, Theater and Written Arts Programs, with the generous support of the World Union of Jewish Studies

New Connections: The Talmud and the Contemporary Humanities  – a Workshop I

 Location: Bertlesmann Campus Center, Yellow Room 1:15pm-2:45

Chair: David Nelson

Shai Secunda: “Opening Remarks: Talmud and the Liberal Arts”

Sarit Kattan Gribetz, “What Does Religion Sound Like? An Exploration of Rabbinic Sources.” In a dialogue with Tehseen Thaver; student response: Katherine Buonanno.

Yair Lipshitz, “Urban Performance in Times of Crisis: Rabbinic Acts, Contemporary Reactivations.” In dialogue with Miriam Felton-Dansky; student response: Emmet Dotan.

James Adam Redfield, “The Ethnographic Present of Early Rabbinic Law.” In dialogue with Jonah Rubin.

 

New Connections: The Talmud and the Contemporary Humanities  – a Workshop II

 Location: Bertlesmann Campus Center, Yellow Room 3:00-4:15pm

Chair: Zachary Braiterman

 Beth Berkowitz, “The Clever Ox, The Escaping Elephant, and Other Rabbinic Animalities: Critical Animal Studies and the Talmud.” In dialogue with Yuka Suzuki; student response: Zoe Morgan-Weinman.

Moulie Vidas, “The More Humane Letters: Talmud, Non-scripture, and Scholarly Culture.” In dialogue with Dominique Townsend; student response: Rajdeep Dosanjh.

 

“Make it New”: Classical Jewish Texts and Artistic Imagination

 Location: Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation Auditorium

4:45pm-6:15pm

Chair: Ruby Namdar, Novelist, author of Ruined House (Hebrew, 2015)

Nicole Krauss, Novelist, author of The History of Love (2005) and Great House (2010), “Creating the World: Reflections of a Novelist.”

Adam Kirsch, Poet and critic; most recently author of The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature (2017), “Swimming Against the Current in the Ocean of Talmud.”

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Scholar of folklore and Hebrew literature, poet, and translator, “Moments and Hours in Research, Suspended between Imagination and Learning.”

Discussant: Shai Secunda (Bard, Religion)

Jewish Studies and the Liberal Arts: Institutional Possibilities

 Location: Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation Auditorium

6:30pm-7:30pm

Chair: Cecile Kuznitz (Bard, History)

Leon Botstein, (President of Bard College), “Jewish Thought and the Undergraduate Curriculum in the 21st Century.”

Bruce Chilton, (Bard, Religion) “Counter-cultural Theology: Twenty Years at Bard College.”

Alan Avery-Peck, (College of the Holy Cross), “Teaching Talmud to Secular Christians: A Report from a Small, Jesuit, Liberal Arts College.”

 

PARTICIPANTS

Alan Avery-Peck is the Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at College of the Holy Cross.

Beth Berkowitz is Ingeborg Rennert Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Barnard College.

Leon Botstein is President of Bard College.

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University.

Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard and director of Bard’s Institute of Advanced Theology. Miriam Felton-Dansky is Assistant Professor of Theater & Performance at Bard College.

Sarit Kattan Gribetz is Assistant Professor in the Theology Department at Fordham University.

Galit Hasan-Rokem is a poet, translator, and Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore and Professor of Hebrew Literature (emerita), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic.

Nicole Krauss is a novelist and author of Man Walks Into a Room (2002),

The History of Love (2005), and Great House (2010)

Cecile Kuznitz is Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of Jewish Studies at Bard College.

Yair Lipshitz is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Theatre Arts in Tel

Ruby Namdar is a novelist and author of Ruined House (Hebrew; 2015). David Nelson is Campus Rabbi and Visiting Associate Professor of Religion at Bard College.

James Adam Redfield is a Mellon Fellow at the Stanford Humanities

Center (2016-17).

Jonah Rubin is Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Bard College.

Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Associate Professor in the History and Theology of Judaism at Bard College.

Yuka Suzuki is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bard College.

Tehseen Thaver is Assistant Professor of Religion/Islam at Bard College. Dominique Townsend is Assistant Professor of Religion/Buddhism at Bard College.

Moulie Vidas is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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2 Responses to (Conference) Make Talmud New (Bard College)

  1. janinestein1 says:

    Wish, wish I could attend!

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