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Nov
17
Sun
2019
Taubman Program 1: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Ayelet Gundar Goshen teaches clinical psychology at Tel Aviv Univerrsity and has written three well-received novels: One Night Markovitch (Hebrew 2012 and English Translation 2015), Waking Lions (Hebrew 2014 and English Translation 2016), and The Liar (Hebrew 2018 and English Translation 2019).

Nov
18
Mon
2019
Human Simulation: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Future of the Humanities @ UCSB Library, Instruction and Training, 1312
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The capacities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are growing rapidly and new technologies are impacting society in a variety of ways, all of which raise significant ethical issues. LeRon Shults (University of Adger, Norway) argues that the Humanities are needed to help guide the ethical conversations around AI by becoming more engaged in “Human Simulation,” a new interdisciplinary approach to simulating human futures (as well as studying the past) that requires the expertise of historians, philosophers, ethicists, and other students of human nature.

F. LeRon Shults, Ph.D.. is a Professor at the Institute for Global Development and Social Planning at the University of Agder, Norway, and Scientific Director, Center for Modeling Social Systems. Shults, whose graduate training was in the  study of religion, has been collaborating with computer modelers to demonstrate the value of computer modeling and simulation for refining and testing theories and generating dynamic models of the processes studied by scholars in the humanities.  Shults has received numerous collaborative grants to advance this work and is one of four co-editors of a recently published volume, Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights, and Applications (New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion).

Nov
19
Tue
2019
Departmental Colloquium – What do scholars of religion value? @ HSSB 3041
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Ann Taves and LeRon Shults, presenters

Jose Cabezon, respondent

LeRon Shults, Professor at the University of Adgar, Norway, and Ann Taves will present a preview of the results from the Values in the Study of Religion (VISOR) Project that will appear in a forthcoming article in JAAR.  Data from the VISOR Project allows us to map differences in scholarly values within AAR and between AAR and other related scholarly organizations.

Dec
5
Thu
2019
Taubman Program 2: Pamela Nadell
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Pamela Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and the Director of Jewish Studies at American University. Her most recent book is America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (W.W. Norton, 2019). Among her earlier publications are Women in American Judaism: Historical Perspective, with Jonathan Sarna in the Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life (2001), Women who would be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination 1889-1985 (1999), American Jewish Women’s History: A Reader (2003), and New Essays in American Jewish History, edited with Jonathan Sarna (2010).

Jan
12
Sun
2020
Taubman Program 3: Robert Alter
Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Robert Alter is a Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of more than 20 books on the Hebrew Bible and literature.  In 2018, he published The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (W.W. Norton) and among his many other publications are The Art of Biblical Narrative (1981), The Art of Biblical Poetry (1985), Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Novel (2005), Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (2010),  Strong As Death Is Love: Song of Songs Ruth, Ester, Jonah and Daniel: A Translation with Commentary (2015), and The Art of Bible Translation (2019).

Jan
13
Mon
2020
Jewish Studies Public Lecture, Jon D. Levenson @ McCune room (6th floor HSSB)
Jan 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Mar
5
Thu
2020
Taubman Program 4: Barry Wimpfheimer
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Barry Wimpfheimer is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Law at Northwestern University and his author of The Talmud: A Biography (2018) and Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories (2011)

Apr
6
Mon
2020
Ninian Smart Lecture by Prof. Jay Garfield @ HSSB 4080
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm
Apr
26
Sun
2020
Taubman Program 5: Rachel Barenbaum
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rachel Barenbaum (3:00)  She is a graduate of the MBA program at Harvard University and the undergraduate Literature and Philosophy program of Harvard College.  Her first novel, A Bend in the Stars, has drawn extensive critical acclaim for is reconstruction of young Russian Jewish women and men struggling to preserve the future of scientific discovery during the First World War.

May
18
Mon
2020
Taubman Program 6: Julie Orringer
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Julie Orringer  (4:00) Her recent historical novel, The Flight Portfolio (2019), is based on the true story of Varian Frye’s extraordinary efforts to save the lives and works of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust in France.  She has published a collection of short stories under the title How to Breathe Underwater (2003) and The Invisible Bridge (2010), another historical novel, that follows a Hungarian Jewish artist who travels to Paris on the eve of World War II.