We call it Take a Teacher, Make a Friend. The essays and a poem by Elie Wiesel, here translated for the first time, are written by twenty-four out of the hundreds of students Elie Wiesel taught during his distinguished career at Boston University of nearly forty years.
Miriam Angrist (CAS)
Ms. Angrist has been a lecturer of Hebrew at Boston University since 2008. She has taught all proficiency levels as well as revised and created new courses. Her recent new courses for advanced students include:LH330 “Israeli Popular Music” and LH340 “Israeli society through Israeli media”. In all her classes Ms. Angrist integrates authentic Israeli and Jewish cultural material and uses advanced technologies to stimulate classroom learning. In addition to her work at Boston University, Ms Angrist is the Hebrew Director of a middle/high supplementary school of the Hebrew college in Newton and has been the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) Hebrew consultant for many years. Her professional record also includes: writing Hebrew curricula for middle school and high school students, training Hebrew teachers, conducting webinars and presenting at national conferences.
Kimberly Arkin (CAS)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Kimberly Arkin is a cultural anthropologist interested in minority negotiations of national, ethnic, religious, and racial belonging and exclusion in Europe. She has done fieldwork in Paris with the children and grandchildren of North African Jewish immigrants. Her current book manuscript, Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France, examines post-Second Intifada transformations in the relationship between national and ethno-religious identities among Parisian Jews. Her next project will explore the racialization of minority and majority religious affiliations in contemporary France.
Andrea Berlin (CAS)
Professor of Archaeology
Andrea Berlin is James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Archaeology. She serves as a member of the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research and Tel Aviv. Her areas of interest are the archaeology and history of the Achaemenid, Hellenistic, and Roman East, Ceramic Studies; Second-Temple Judaism; and the archaeology of Israel.
Alicia Borinsky (CAS)
Professor of Latin American and Comparative Literature
Alicia Borinsky is a literary scholar, fiction writer, and poet. She has published extensively in Spanish and in English in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Her most recent book, One-Way Tickets: Writers and the Culture of Exile (Trinity University Press, 2011), is framed by a meditation on being a Jewish Latina. She is currently working on Walter Benjamin’s often contradictory relationship to his Jewish roots.
John Bernstein (COM)
Professor of Film
Professor Bernstein has his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught screenwriting, playwriting, film theory, creative writing and English at Duke University, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Copenhagen. He has also conducted writing workshops at the Munich Film School and the National Film School of Denmark. He is also a frequent lecturer at the Baltic Film Media School in Tallinn. Professor Bernstein has also worked as Director of Development, Film Consultant, Story Editor, and Dramaturge for major film companies and theaters. A number of his plays have won national prizes and been staged in a variety of theaters worldwide. He teaches courses in the Holocaust in Film and Israeli Cinema.
Charles Dellheim (CAS)
Professor of History; Director, Kilachand Honors College
Charles Dellheim teaches European history and has published extensively on European cultural history and modern British history. In recent years, his work has focused on the role of Jews in modern culture. He is currently writing a book that provides an historical perspective on Nazi art looting by telling the story of a circle of art dealers, collectors, and critics who became pivotal figures in the art world. Dellheim has held fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, and the Littauer Foundation.
Paula Fredriksen (CAS)
Professor of Religion and William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture
Paula Fredriksen, currently on leave, is the William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University. She has published widely in the social and intellectual history of Hellenistic Judaism and ancient Christianity, and on pagan-Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire. Her study, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, won a 1999 National Jewish Book Award. Most recent, she has explored early Christian anti-Judaism and Augustine’s singular response to it, in Augustine and the Jew: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (Yale, 2010). She and her family divide their time between Boston and Jerusalem.
Aaron Garrett (CAS)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Aaron Garrett is a historian of philosophy specializing in the history of moral and political philosophy and the history of modern moral philosophy in general. He has written monographs on Spinoza’s method (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Berkeley, the article “Human Nature” in the Cambridge History of Eighteenth Century of Philosophy, and is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Eighteenth Century Philosophy. Current projects include monographs on Joseph Butler and on the attitudes of early modern moral and political philosophers towards groups marginalized (women, non-Europeans, and animals) provisionally entitled “Duties towards Others.”
Thomas Glick (CAS)
Professor of History (emeritus)
Thomas Glick was educated as a medieval historian and Arabist, specializing in medieval Spain. He is director of the Shtetl Economic History Project, which curates the University’s collection of Jewish business documents from Romania and Poland. His current research is on Jewish life in World War I-era Madrid and the role played by Abraham Yahuda and Max Nordau, who interacted in Madrid during the war. He is also interested in the participation of Yiddish-speaking Jews in the Spanish Civil War.
Irit Kleiman (CAS)
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Romance Studies
Professor Kleiman teaches courses on medieval and Renaissance French literature and culture. Her research interests include written cultures, historiography, intellectual history, psychoanalysis and literature, the cultures of memory, and the tropes of embodiment. She has published essays on the apocryphal Life of Judas Iscariot, on ethics in Chrétien de Troyes, and on rhetoric in the works of Alain Chartier and Norman jurist Thomas Basin. Kleiman’s book Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text (University of Toronto Press, 2013) received the Newberry Library’s Weiss/Brown Award. Professor Kleiman is active in promoting the field of medieval and early modern studies at BU, and organized the interdisciplinary conference “Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond” during the Spring of 2013.
Jennifer Knust (STH and CAS)
Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Jennifer Knust teaches courses in ancient Christian history, religion in the ancient world, and gender theory. She has published a book and several articles addressing sexualized rhetoric in antiquity and is currently completing a project on the transmission and reception of the Christian Gospels. Her edited volume on sacrifice in the ancient Mediterranean world will be published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Knust has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Henry Luce III Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Pnina Lahav (LAW)
Professor of Law
Pnina Lahav teaches constitutional law, political and civil liberties, and comparative law. Currently, she serves as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a Religion Fellow at the Boston University School of Theology. Professor Lahav is the author of the acclaimed biography Judgment in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century (University of California Press, 1997) and co-authored The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society: Israel 1917–1967 (Ashgate, 2002). Presently she is working on Golda Meir and matters of war and peace and on the issue of the women of the wall.
Richard Landes (CAS)
Professor of History
Richard Landes teaches medieval history. His research explores the role of religion in shaping and transforming relationships between elites and commoners, in particular the impact of “demotic religiosity” which prizes equality before the law, dignity of manual labor, and access to sacred texts and divinity for all believers. Some recent and forthcoming publications include The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2012), co-edited with Stephen Katz; Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience (2011), The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Studies in the Mutation of European Culture (2003); and Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements (2000).
Margaret Litvin (CAS)
Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature
Margaret Litvin writes about modern Arabic drama and political culture. Her book, Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton, 2011), examines the many reworkings of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in postcolonial Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Her current book project (working title Arab Writers, Moscow Dreams: Forgotten Flows of Twentieth-Century Culture) explores the educational and cultural ties between the Soviet Union and several Arab countries during and since the Cold War, tracing their effects on Arabic literature and theatre. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (2006) and has been an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Critical Survey, the Journal of Arabic Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Yearbook, and Shakespeare Bulletin. At BU she advises the Arabic minor and teaches courses on Arabic language and literature (both in Arabic and in English translation), as well as seminars on “Global Shakespeares” and on the worldwide appropriation of the 1001 Nights. Professor Litvin has lived and studied in Egypt and traveled extensively to Lebanon; she speaks Arabic, Russian, French, and Spanish.
Jeffrey Mehlman (CAS)
University Professor and Professor of French
Jeffrey Mehlman is the author of Legacies of Anti-Semitism in France (University of Minnesota Press, 1983); Walter Benjamin for Children: An Essay on His Radio Years (University of Chicago Press, 1993); Genealogies of the Text (Cambridge University Press, 1995); Emigré New York: French Intellectuals in Wartime Manhattan (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000); and, most recently, a memoir, Adventures in the French Trade: Fragments toward a Life (Stanford University Press, 2010). He is also the translator of Bredin’s classic history of the Dreyfus Affair, The Affair (Braziller, 1986) and Vidal-Naquet’s study of Holocaust denial, Assassins of Memory (Columbia University Press, 1992).
Michael Benjamin Prince (CAS)
Associate Professor of English
Michael Prince teaches Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. His teaching interests also include Jewish-American fiction and the literature of the Holocaust. Professor Prince’s research focuses on Enlightenment philosophy and literature, as well as composition theory and pedagogy. Recent publications include Philosophical Dialogue in the British Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1996; reprint, 2005), as well as essays on the third Earl of Shaftesbury, genre theory, and philosophical aesthetics. His current book project is a history of early English deism.
Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Religion
A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, playwright, and award-winning writer, his personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher, and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world. As the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University since 1976, Professor Wiesel led students in his Literature of Memory courses to explore themes of foundational importance to human interaction and understanding, using a wide breadth of literature from biblical texts to contemporary fiction. His annual public lectures have been major events in the cultural life of Boston University and the Greater Boston Area for the past four decades.
Jeremy Yudkin (CFA)
Chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and Professor of Music
Professor Jeremy Yudkin is Chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and Professor of Music at Boston University, Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies, and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Professeur Invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. Dr. Yudkin received his BA and MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Cambridge University in England and his PhD in Historical Musicology from Stanford University. He is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, a Class of 1960 Visiting Scholar at Williams College, a Fellowship at the Boston University Humanities Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Camargo Foundation. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford in 2006. He is the author of eight books and has written articles for the Journal of the American Musicological Society,Musica Disciplina, Speculum, Notes, The Musical Quarterly, Early Music, American Music, and Music and Letters, as well as, The Salisbury Review, Berkshire Living, The Stanford Italian Review,, and, The American Journal of Philology.
Michael Zell (CAS)
Associate Professor History of Art and Architecture
Michael Zell teaches European art and architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His specific area of research is seventeenth-century Dutch art, with a particular focus on Rembrandt. Professor Zell’s book Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam (University of California Press, 2002) reinterprets the significance of Rembrandt’s relations with Amsterdam’s Jews for his biblical art. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his current book project, For the Love of Art: Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the Gift in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Culture, an examination of the role of gift exchange in Dutch art and culture of the early modern period. Professor Zell has also published numerous articles and essays on a variety of topics relating to seventeenth-century Dutch art.