Holocaust memorialization in a reflexive modernity

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October 10th, 2013

Our second Jewish Studies faculty/graduate student luncheon was devoted to exploring the differences between the “work of memory” required of institutions devoted to the production of a reflexive modernity (a modernity aware of its limits) and “cultures of memory” as a matter of conventional wisdom or Halbbildung. Our guest, Prof. Reitemeyer (Universität Münster), a philosopher of education and a Feuerbach specialist, cautioned against simplistic and all-too-convenient approaches to the past. An advocate of a “negative dialectic” as the last best hope of rationalism, Reitemeyer laid out a compelling argument for a critical approach to higher education.

The event took place on October 10, 2013, at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies.