Judaism

Vivian Liska

Video: The Jew as Migrant: From Theory to Poetry

March 2, 2020

On February 25, Vivian Liska, Professor of German literature and director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, delivered the annual List Lecture in Jewish Studies at the CSWR.

The Jew as archetypal migrant is a pervasive trope in philosophy, politics, and the arts. Since Biblical times, the condition of exile was a source of discrimination, oppression, and suffering. Recent philosophical discourse, however, often regards it as the embodiment of a glorious deterritorialization that overlooks the hardship inherent in exile and migration....

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Sacramental Presences at the Center

Sacramental Presences at the Center

March 4, 2016

On March 4-5, the Center hosted a small workshop, "Sacramental Presences: Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Daoist Perspectives." For two days we took up today's turn in comparative studies to ritual and liturgical practice as an important site for new learning that reaches beyond the study of texts and the exchange of ideas.

Convened by Matthew Potts and myself as members of the HDS faculty and Center, the participants included three other Harvard professors (Diana Eck, Kimberley Patton, Michelle Sanchez) and one Harvard doctoral student (Caley Smith), as well as ten professors from...

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Video: From Donation to Diatribe—How Anti-Jewish Interpretation Cashes Out

Video: From Donation to Diatribe—How Anti-Jewish Interpretation Cashes Out

October 17, 2012

Amy-Jill Levine delivered this year's Comparative Theology Lecture. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.... Read more about Video: From Donation to Diatribe—How Anti-Jewish Interpretation Cashes Out