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2012-13 Endowed Lectures

All Endowed Lectures are free and open to the public

Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture
Harriet Murav, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures; and Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, October 15, 2012 5:15pm
Responding to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union: David Bergelson's Yiddish Story "An eydes" (A Witness)
History Corner (bldg. 200) - Room 307

An exploration of a neglected but extraordinary short story about the Holocaust published in the Soviet Union in 1946 by a renowned Yiddish author shot on Stalin's orders six years later.

Aaron-Roland Endowed Lecture
Jon Levisohn, Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Brandeis University
Who's Afraid of Assimilation? Rethinking the Purposes of Jewish Education for the 21st Century
Monday, January 14, 2013 7:30pm
Levinthal Hall-SHC
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center

This program is in collaboration with the new Jim Joseph program in Education and Jewish Studies. Visions of the future from a leading scholar of Jewish education.

Jewish Community Endowment Fund Lecture
A Conversation with Gary Shteyngart, novelist
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 8:00pm
Bldg. 320-Room 105 (Geology Bldg.)
This event is part of a conference on the Future of Jewish Storytelling.

The Shoshana and Martin Gerstel Conference Fund Symposium
The Future of Jewish Storytelling
Sunday - Tuesday, March 3–5, 2013
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center

David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar Lecture
Jenna Weissman-Joselit, Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History, The George Washington University
Rock Solid: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:30pm
Levinthal Hall-SHC
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Department of Religious Studies

A leading historian traces the history of the Ten Commandments in American Culture. In her illustrated talk, Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit explores the variety of ways by which Americans of the 19th and 20th centuries laid claim to and organized their national identity around the Decalogue. Drawing on a wide array of sources that run the gamut from sermons to Moses action figures and from archeological objects found in Indian burial mounds to latter-day monuments planted in the nation's civic squares, her presentation highlights the centrality of these ancient do's and dont's to the American imagination.

Charles Michael Lecture
Jerry Z. Muller, Professor of History and Chair, The Catholic University of America
Capitalism and the Jews

Monday, May 6, 2013 12:00pm
Stanford University
Tuesday, May7, 2013, 7:00pm

Co-sponsored and presented by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
(Free! Advanced reservations required: Call 415.292.1233 or Email Arts@jccsf.org)

Jews have been a conspicuous presence in the history of capitalism, both as symbol and in reality. Jerry Muller, an expert in the history of capitalism, explains the disproportionate success of Jews in capitalist economies and why anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked.

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Recent Endowment Fund lecturers have included Leon Wieseltier, Raul Hilberg, Robert Alter, Jonathan Frankel, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Meir Shalev, A.B Yehoshua, Elisheva Carlebach, Ruth R. Wise, David Berger, Isaiah Gafni, Anita Shapira, Kathryn Hellerstein and Derek Penslar.