Jewish Studies guests in Spring 2013 will include Professor Samuel Moyn (Columbia University), Professor Daniel Asia (University of Arizona), and Major General Sidney Shachnow.
1:00 pm: Welcoming Remarks
President Dr. Leo Lambert (Elon University)
Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)
1:05-2:00 pm: Reading Genesis
- Dr. Marc Bregman (UNC-Greensboro) – “Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Sacrifice of Isaac”
- Dr. Ellen Haskell (UNC-Greensboro) – “Contesting the Kingdom of Heaven: Rachel as Counterpart to Christ in Medieval Jewish Mysticism”
- Dr. Malachi Hacohen (Duke University) – “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael: The Future of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations”
Convener: Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)
2:15-3:00 pm: Defining Jewish Identity
- Dr. Lynn Huber (Elon University) – “‘Those Who Say That They Are Jews and Are Not’: The Function of Jewish Identity in the Book of Revelation”
- Dr. James Tabor (UNC-Charlotte) – “Who is a Jew?: A Modern Conundrum with Ancient Roots”
Convener: Dr. Michael Pregill (Elon University)
3:15-4:15 pm: Evangelical-Jewish Relations
- Dr. Shalom Goldman (Duke University), “The Use of Hebrew and Yiddish by British and American Christian Missionaries to Jews: 1870-1970”
- Dr. Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill) – “The Rise of Messianic Judaism”
- Dr. Motti Inbari (UNC-Pembroke) – “The Christian Zionist Response to Israeli Land for Peace Solutions”
Convener: Dr. Jason Husser (Elon University)
4:30-5:15 pm: Jewish and Christian Feminist Ritual Innovation
- Dr. Vanessa Ochs (University of Virginia)
- Dr. Diann Neu (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)
Convener: Dr. Toddie Peters (Elon University)
5:30-6:30 pm: The Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
- Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University)
- Dr. Peter Ochs (University of Virginia)
Convener: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)
Closing Remarks: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)
Sponsored by the Elon College Fund for Excellence, the Eric and Lori Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of History and Geography, the Women's/Gender Studies program, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society. Registration page here.
Elon parent and music professor Brian Nedvin shared music, images, and words in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the beginning of the Holocaust.
Liat Srur of UNC-Chapel Hill presented on the history of the Israeli kibbutz movement.
Spring Convocation panelist Greg M. Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard University, was ordained as a humanist rabbi by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. He joined Elon Jewish Studies students for a special session on the place of secular humanism in the history of modern Jewish thought.
Belk Pavilion 208, 1:00 pm
This special session was with Spring Convocation panelist Rabbi David Wolpe, the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, Wolpe is the author of seven books and is a popular media contributor on questions regarding religion. He recently delivered the benediction at the Democratic National Convention, and his most recent book is Why Faith Matters.
April 11, 2013
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat
Lakeside Meeting Room (at Moseley Center), 7:30 pm
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat has held senior U.S. government positions in three presidential administrations, from the White House to the State Department, from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; he has also been a leader in the Jewish community, having led American and international Jewish groups and institutions. In this lecture, he shared his provocative thesis regarding the future of the Jewish people in light of the major geopolitical, economic, and security challenges facing the world in general, and the United States and the State of Israel in particular. A reception and book-signing will follow Ambassador Eizenstat's speech. Sponsored by the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of History and Geography, Middle East Studies, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, the Law School, the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, with special thanks to the President's Office.
Prof. Claussen shared a Jewish approach to questions of war and peace, focusing on Jewish concepts of equanimity, justice, and humility—virtues which are crucial for contemporary policymakers, including those considering the appropriate response to Iran’s developing nuclear program.
Lecture sponsored by Elon's Peace and Conflict Studies (Non-Violence Studies) program.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4:15-5:30 pm, in Lindner 106. Refreshments/Snacks provided.
For more information, contact Prof. Swimelar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should America live by Jewish values? Can an ancient tradition say anything about twenty-first century economic and social concerns? In this lecture, Rabbi Jill Jacobs offered a Jewish perspective on some contemporary challenges, and then considered whether and how religion belongs in the public debate.
Lecture sponsored by Elon's Jewish Studies Program; the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society; the Department of Religious Studies; and the Non-Violence Studies Program. This event is part of the Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies program, made possible by the generosity of Lori and Eric Sklut and the Levine-Sklut Family Foundation. Lunch (kosher and vegetarian) following the lecture sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life and Elon Hillel.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 12:15 p.m., in LaRose Digital Theatre (at the Koury Business Center: 401 N. O’Kelly Avenue, Elon NC 27244)