Jewish Text(s) and the College Humanities. A Symposium

The Bible has a firm place in the western canon and in college humanities curricula, such as our own Core Curriculum. But is the Bible a Jewish text? What other Jewish texts may help us challenge our students to open their minds and confront the complexities of the human condition? Must a moral ideal, such as prophetic messianism or the prohibition of idolatry, shed its particularity in order to become a universal maxim? What is the relation between Jewish literary traditions and western civilization? Join us for a discussion and text- study symposium with leading scholars from BU and other distinguished institutions to explore these questions and more.

On October 27 students, alumnae, and friends of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies will gather for a symposium on Jewish Text(s) and the College Humanities. This event, in collaboration with the BU Core Curriculum, will feature an introductory panel on the state of Jewish studies, the Humanities, and the place of Jewish texts in a general educational curriculum. We will then break out into faculty-led study sessions on a variety of texts from the vast body of Jewish literature. We will then reconvene for a plenary discussion on the future of Jewish text in the Humanities curriculum.

Panelists include:
Prof. Alicia Borinsky (Romance Studies)
Stephen Esposito(Classics, Core Curriculum)
Prof. David Frankfurter (Chair, Religion Dept)
Prof. Lesleigh Cushing (BU Alumna; Associate Professor of Religion & Jewish Studies; Director of Jewish Studies, Colgate University)
Prof. Robert Gibbs (Director, Jackman Center for the Humanities, University of Toronto)
Prof. Abigail Gillman (MLCL; Core Curriculum)
Prof. Susannah Heschel (Religious Studies, Dartmouth College)
Prof. Leah Hochman (BU Alumna; Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought;
Director, Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC)
Prof. Diana Lobel (Religion)
Prof. Stephanie Nelson (Classics; Director, The Core Curriculum)
Prof. Naomi Seidman (Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union)

Concept and direction: Michael Zank (Director, EWCS).

For more information, please contact us at or call 617.353.8096.

An Alumni Weekend event, in collaboration with the BU Core Curriculum.

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