Events

May 1, 2014

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Penn Museum
Widener Lecture Hall
3260 South Street
  • Benjamin Nathans

    Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History
  • David N. Myers

    Professor of Jewish History and the Robert N. Burr Department Chair of History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Annette Yoshiko Reed

    M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Department of Religious Studies
  • Peter Stallybrass

    Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and Professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
  • Elsie R. Stern

    Associate Professor of Bible, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
  • Piet Van Boxel

    Fellow, Oriental Institute, and Curator Emeritus of Hebraica and Judaica, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Taking Note: 20 Years of Scholars and Scholarship at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 1993-2014

As David Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and Ella Darivoff Director, steps down after 20 years leading the Katz Center, we take the opportunity to reflect on the center’s impact on Penn, on the field of Jewish studies and its ongoing dialogue with humanistic scholarship, and on the place of institutes for advanced study in the 21st century. Benjamin Nathans, Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History, will moderate a roundtable discussion among scholars representing a variety of vantage points within and beyond the field of Jewish studies.

This event is free and open to the public. (Please note this does not include entrance to the museum’s galleries.) Entrance to Widener Hall is via the museum’s courtyard on South Street. For wheelchair access, use the Kress Entrance on the east side of the museum. No RSVP required.

10:15 a.m.           Greetings 

Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania


10:30 a.m.–Noon    Panel Discussion

Moderator:

Benjamin Nathans, Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Panelists:

David N. Myers, Professor of Jewish History and the Robert N. Burr Department Chair of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Annette Yoshiko Reed, M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and Professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania

Elsie R. Stern, Associate Professor of Bible, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Piet Van Boxel, Fellow, Oriental Institute, and Curator Emeritus of Hebraica and Judaica, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

For more information please contact Carrie Love  at carrielo@sas.upenn.edu or call 215-238-1290.

 

About the participants:

Benjamin Nathans is a renowned scholar of modern European Jewish History, Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, and the history of human rights. He is the author of numerous articles and monographs, and recently chaired an international committee of scholars that helped design the content for the Museum of Jewish History in Moscow. Nathans has had a significant and sustained relationship with the Katz Center; in addition to being a fellow during the 2002–2003 year on “Jewish History and Culture in Eastern Europe,” he served as the Acting Associate Director. His insight into and firsthand experience of the center is invaluable to us as we reflect on the past two decades of scholarship at the Katz Center. 
 

David N. Myers is an exceptional scholar whose work and writing have touched on key themes in modern Jewish history, including the history of Jewish historiography, the history of Zionism, and modern Jewish intellectual history. Myers’ affiliation with the Katz Center goes back nearly twenty years to his fellowship during the 1994–1995 year on “History—Remembered, Recovered, Invented: Historical Memory and the Construction of Tradition,” for which he coedited the volume. He returned to the Katz Center for the 2009–2010 fellowship year on “Secularism and Its Discontents: Rethinking an Organizing Principle of Modern Jewish Life.” Since 2003 he has served as coeditor of the center’s Jewish Quarterly Review.

Annette Yoshiko Reed’
s research has focused on Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and Jewish/Christian relations in late antiquity. She is currently working on two monographs: one on the origins of Jewish angelology and demonology, and the other on the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies and the history of "Jewish Christianity." Reed was a fellow during the 2007–2008 year on the theme of “Jewish and Other Imperial Cultures in Late Antiquity: Literary, Social, and Material Histories,” and will return to the center in 2014–2015 to participate in the fellowship year “New Perspectives on the Origins, Context, and Diffusion of the Academic Study of Judaism.”

Peter Stallybrass’s
1986 book, The Politics and Poetics of Transgression, cowritten with Allon White, is a groundbreaking work that continues to shape the study of cultural and historical hierarchies. In 1993, Stallybrass founded the seminar on the History of Material Texts, which has brought together academics, librarians, writers, artists, and anyone interested in books and other cultural technologies. Stallybrass was a Katz fellow during the 2001–2002 year “Biblical Exegesis in a Comparative Context: Jewish, Christian, Islamic,” and he was instrumental in developing the 2005–2006 theme year on “The Jewish Book.” In addition to teaching in the center’s summer school, he is one of the coordinators of this spring’s collaboration between the center and the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library on the topic "Jews, Christians, and Hebraic Scholarship in Early Modern Europe."

Elsie R. Stern
is the author of From Rebuke to Consolation: Bible, Exegesis and Ritual in the Literature of the Tisha b’Av Season and a contributor to the Jewish Study Bible and the Women’s Torah Commentary. She has taught widely in both formal and informal educational settings in the United States and abroad, and has written curricula on a wide range of topics, including Jewish literature and artistic representations of biblical subjects. Stern was formerly the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the Katz Center.

Piet Van Boxel
has lectured on rabbinic Judaism and served as the Hebraica and Judaica Curator of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, where he also organized an exhibition of the Hebrew manuscripts and their context. His research interests include Hebrew manuscripts and early Hebrew printing, with a special interest in ecclesiastical censorship of Hebrew books in sixteenth-century Italy. Van Boxel has been a fellow at the Katz Center three times: during the fellowship year on “Christian Hebraism” (1999–2000); the year on “The Jewish Book” (2005–2006); and during the current year, “Constructing Borders and Crossing Boundaries: Social, Cultural, and Religious Change in Early Modern Jewish History.”