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Spinoza, Industrialization, and the Nineteenth-Century Ethos of Repose

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Professor Tracy Matysik traces philosophers' early critiques of capitalism and its breakneck pace, and finds a surprising remedy in Spinoza's ideas about God.

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The Greatest Thing: Spinoza, Loving God, and Being Loved in Return

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Professor Benjamin Pollock brings together multiple philosophers' perspectives on love and the Divine to argue that our ideas about "true love" are deeply entwined with our sense of God and ourselves.

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Bethlehem for Christmas

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Visiting Bethlehem on Christmas, Stroum Center Graduate Fellow Emily Gade discovers some interesting cultural commingling.

Reimagining Sephardic Çanakkale and its Ties to Seattle

May 1st, 2017|1 Comment

Stroum Center Opportunity Grant winner Ozgur Ozkan reflects on the ties between Çanakkale, Turkey, and Sephardic Seattle.

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The Haskalah: Jewish Modernity & Shame

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Professor Yitzhak Melamed argues that the German Jewish Enlightenment movement, the Haskalah, was motivated by a profound sense of shame.

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How Did the Enlightenment Shape the Jews?

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

2017 Stroum Lecturer Jonathan Israel explores how Enlightenment thinkers both fueled anti-Semitism and created greater space for Jewish people in society.

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Announcing the Benaroya Fund for Excellence in Israel Studies

Sephardic Studies Program

World-renowned for the study of Sephardic culture and history, the Sephardic Studies Program features a growing online library and museum, undergraduate and graduate courses, public programs like Ladino Day, and academic conferences.

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