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Fall 2012 Calendar of Events

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"The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible: History, Politics, and the Reinscribing of Tradition"
- Daniel Fleming, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Assyriology, New York University
-Discussant: Brent Strawn, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology

This seminar interrogates the usefulness of the Hebrew Bible and its long narrative of the past for reconstructing the history of ancient Israel and Judah, taking seriously the political reality of two separate kingdoms during the formative phase of biblical composition. It examines the tension produced in the biblical narrative as a result of Judah and its survivors having laid claim to the identity and literary legacy of the other kingdom to the north.

Part of the TIJS Seminar Series. This seminar is generously supported by the LaBelle Birnbaum Tenenbaum Enrichment Fund and cosponsored by the Graduate Division of Religion.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
4:00 p.m.
-5:30 p.m.
CST 102


"Israel as a Multi-Lingual State: The Politics of Judeo-Arabic"
- Benjamin Hary, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and Tam Institute for Jewish Studies), Emory University

- Discussant: Roxani Margariti, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies

Judeo-Arabic is a religiolect that has been spoken and written in various forms by Jews throughout the Arabic-speaking world. This paper reviews the history and structure of the language and suggests how its modern usage can help advance Israel’s integration in the Middle East by promoting a true bi- (or even multi-) lingual state where both Hebrew and Arabic serve as official languages.

Part of the TIJS Seminar Series. This seminar is generously supported by the LaBelle Birnbaum Tenenbaum Enrichment Fund and cosponsored by the Program in Linguistics and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
4:00 p.m.
-5:30 p.m.
Candler Library 125


"Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch as Jewish Advocate for Social Justice in the Progressive Era"
- Tobias Brinkmann, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Pennsylvania State University

- Discussant: Dr. Edward Queen, Emory Center for Ethics

First established 150 years ago, Chicago Sinai is one of America’s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders were upwardly mobile and civically committed men and women, founders and partners of banks and landmark businesses. In his lecture Tobias Brinkmann will discuss the impact of rabbi Emil Gustav Hirsch (1851–1923), one of the most influential American Reform theologians of his generation. Hirsch reinvented Sinai congregation, attracting up to two thousand people to his Sunday services but he was also an eccentric and controversial figure.

This event is part of the TIJS-DAAD lecture series "America and the Germans:Conflict and Cooperation," presented by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies with the financial support of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning and the German Foreign Office through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Co-sponsored by The Department of History, The Department of German Studies, The German Cultural Center of Atlanta, and The Department of Religion.

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
7:00 p.m.

PAIS 290 (Psychology Building)


"The Frankfurt School and the 'Jewish Question' 1940-1973"
- Anson Rabinbach, Department of History, Princeton University

The most important and influential study of racism and anti-Semitism of the post-WWII era was The Authoritarian Personality (1951). It originated among the members of the "Frankfurt School," who had combined social questions with psychoanalytic perspectives. The changing meanings attached to anti-Semitism served as the means of looking at American questions of race and difference after the Holocaust.

Part of the TIJS Seminar Series. This seminar is generously supported by the LaBelle Birnbaum Tenenbaum Enrichment Fund and cosponsored by the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, and the Department of History.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (PAIS), Room 290


"Not-So-Innocents Abroad: The Beginnings of American Biblical Archaeology"
- Rachel Hallote, Associate Professor of History, School of Humanities, Purchase College, State University of New York

The history of archaeology in the Holy Land is commonly associated with the nineteenth century accomplishments of British and European explorers, while Americans are often left out of the narrative. Although American accomplishments were less obvious, early American biblical archaeologists were insightful as well as innovative, adapting new technologies and methodologies to the work of archaeological exploration. They also brought with them a uniquely American Protestant outlook on archaeological work.  This talk will begin with Edward Robinson’s trips to Ottoman Palestine in the 1830’s  and 1850’s, move through the formation of the American Palestine Exploration Society in the 1870’s, and conclude with the first large scale American excavation project in Palestine in the early years of the twentieth century.

The lecture is sponsored by:  Program in Mediterranean Archaeology, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, and Michael C. Carlos Museum.  The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
3:00 p.m.

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Reception Hall


"From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History"

Film premiere, documenting the period 1948-1961, when an abnormally high rate of failure for Jewish dental students at Emory pointed to a culture of anti-Semitism in one corner of the campus.

Discussion to follow.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
6:00 p.m.

Cox Hall Ballroom


"Liebesgrüsse aus Deutschland (Greetings from Germany)"
- Wladimir Kaminer
, German short story writer and columnist


Im Anschluß an die Lesung gibt es Erfrischungen
Refreshments following the reading.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Oxford Road Building, 3rd Floor


"Biblical Moab: New Light on an Ancient Land"
- Bruce Routledge, Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology, School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool

Moab is well-known to readers of the Hebrew Bible as one of the rival kingdoms of Israel and Judah located east of the Dead Sea. However, despite this familiarity, we know surprisingly little about Moab as a land, kingdom or society during the biblical period (Iron Age). This situation is slowly changing as an increasing number of Iron Age sites in central Jordan are excavated by archaeologists. In this lecture, Dr. Routledge will highlight the discoveries of these new excavations, many of which are yet to be published, and explore their implications for our understanding of religion, politics and daily life in the biblical kingdom of Moab.

Monday, September 10th, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Carlos Museum Reception Hall







































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