October 24, 2017
Giuseppe Veltri, Maimonides Center at University of Hamburg, will give a lecture, “Negotiating the Principle of (Non)-Contradiction: Johann Frischmuth (1619-1687) on the Rabbinic Sceptic Dialectic” from noon-1:30 p.m. Location to be determined.
November 6-7, 2017
The 12th Lavy Colloquium presents, “New Frontiers in the Study of Modern Hebrew Literature.” Presenters include: Uri Cohen, Michael Gluzman, Karen Grumberg, Hanna Hever, Adriana Jacobs, Lital Levy, and Shachar Pinsker. Event will be held at the Smokler Center for Jewish Life.
November 10, 2017
“Literal Resurrection: How Mutli-Spectral Imaging Retrieved Lost Testimony from the Nazi German Crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau,” will be held from noon-1 p.m. at the Smokler Center for Jewish Life. Two Russian scholars come from Europe to Brooklyn College to reveal how 21st century technology recovered lost eyewitness testimony written by a Jewish forced laborer and hidden for decades in the ash pits of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Marcel Nadjary, one of the last Sephardic Jews from Salonika, Greece, attempted to speak to the future. Learn how we can now see and hear his message.
Pavel Markovich Polian is a distinguished scholar of History, Geography and Philology. Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1952, Polian is a prolific author in Russian, German, French and English of more than 40 books and over a thousand scholarly and literary articles (under the pen name Nerler). . Holding both German and Russian citizenship, Polian’s most recent book, Scrolls from the Ash: Victims and Torture at Auschwitz, appeared in a second edition in Moscow in 2015.
Aleksandr Borisovich Nikityaev has advanced training in printing technology, retouching of images, and web design. Born in Tula, Russia, in 1986, Nikityaev is chief technical consultant for the Travel Services Company in Tula. His expertise in multi-spectral imaging, applied to fragile, faded documents found buried at Auschwitz, presents a model of how otherwise lost documents can be made legible.
March 4 and April 30, 2018
Master Class on the Philosophy of Hasdai Crescas
In this class we shall read together texts from The Light of the Lord (Hebrew: Or Adonai), the anti-Aristotelian book by the famed Catalan Jewish philosopher, Rabbi Hasdai Crescas (c. 1340-1410/11). The Light was completed in Saragossa in 1410 and first printed in Ferrara in 1555.
Topics discussed will include space, time, the vacuum, infinity, many worlds, determinism and choice, and the knowledge and love of God. Attention will be given to Crescas’ relation to earlier medieval philosophers, such as Maimonides, Averroes, and Gersonides, and to later medieval and modern philosophers, including Spinoza. Crescas’ theories will also be analyzed with regard to other representatives of the revolutionary “new physics” in 14th-century Europe, particularly Nicole Oresme.