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Jewish Studies twist to a TED format

At the inaugural JewDub Talks on November 8th, 2012, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington proved that, indeed, a pocket-sized lecture can be a window onto a new world. This special evening program was inspired by the phenomenon of TED Talks, a global movement centered around “ideas worth spreading” through short talks given by experts and practitioners in a wide range of fields. In our Seattle spin on this popular format, we showcased four UW faculty members giving short lectures on big ideas in Jewish history and culture.

The TED-inspired format provided  students and community members up-close access to several of our dynamic teachers. JewDub Talks allowed our faculty to explore topics that are personally and intellectually compelling for them, but maybe never made it onto a course syllabus. The result? According to this review in the JTNews, the event was thought-provoking for all involved.

Please visit our JewDub Talks page to find out more about this year’s faculty lineup. Our speakers, who come from four different academic departments, will tackle hybrid Jewish identities, Spinoza’s modern legacy, embracing the shtetl, and tracking anti-Semitism.

Can’t make it? Watch from home! We’ll offer livestreaming right here on our website.

The event is free and will be followed by a kosher reception in honor of the 40th anniversary celebration of Jewish Studies at UW. Register here: