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Video: Jonathan Israel on Spinoza as a Revolutionary

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Professor Jonathan Israel explores Spinoza's role as a revolutionary thinker and precursor to the modern human rights movement in the 2017 Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies.

  • Théodore Chasseriau, Esther se parant Eugène Delacroix, Mariée juive à Tanger pour être présentée au roi Assuérus, 1841

From Rhodes to Racine: Why a Sephardic Teenager in 20th-Century Paris Was Reading the Tragedy Esther

June 9th, 2017|0 Comments

What can a quote from Racine's play Esther tell us about what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in 20th century France?

Podcast: Violence, Militancy & How Civilians React

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Doctoral student Emily Gade discusses her research on radicalization and resiliency against violence, highlighting the work of the Israeli recovery organization ZAKA.

After Memorial Day: Putting the Israeli Culture of Commemoration in a Comparative Perspective

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Opportunity Grant winner Anat Goldman reflects on the similarities and challenges of national moments of commemoration in Israel and Turkey.

To Seattle from the Belgian Congo via Tel Aviv

June 5th, 2017|1 Comment

Oscar Olivier was forced to flee the Belgian Congo in search of a stable life. His story weaves together the pursuit of freedom and justice, the power of resistance, and embracing of his Jewish past.

  • Painting of factories in German city

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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Announcing the Benaroya Fund for Excellence in Israel Studies

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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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