My Journeys with Hebrew

Dr. Ruvik Rosenthal Dr. Ruvik Rosenthal is a well known Israeli writer and linguist. He has published 24 books on various topics, as well as hundreds of articles, essays and journalistic features. He is known for his linguistic writing for which he has won the prestigious Sokolov Award. For his best-selling children’s books, he has […]

Vivian Liska: “O Word that I Lack!”

Gilman 132 Vivian Liska is Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She directs the book series Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts (De Gruyter). Her books include When […]

Merchants of Knowledge in the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian Republic

Gilman 300 Lecture by Robert Morrison (Bowdoin College). This talk is a discussion of a network of Jewish merchant-scholars who mediate a remarkable episode of intellectual exchange among scholars in the Ottoman Empire, Crete, and the Veneto between 1450 and 1550. Robert Morrison is George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern and […]

The Concept of Yiddish in the Art of Mel Bochner

Maryland 110 Lecture by Sunny Yudkoff. This lecture will explore the evolving manifestations of Yiddish in the work of the contemporary artist Mel Bochner. One of the founding figures of American conceptual art, Bochner has continuously re-examined the unstable nature of language. The following presentation investigates how Bochner’s postvernacular invocation of Yiddish calls into crisis […]

“Jewish Primitivism” – Samuel J. Spinner

Mergenthaler Room #426

JHU Anthropology Department Fall 2023 Colloquium Series - Jewish Primitivism book by Dr. Samuel J. Spinner. In discussion with Clara Han (JHU), Andrew Brandel (University of Chicago), Talia Katz (JHU), & Naveeda Khan (JHU) Jewish Primitivism Please contact Jenny Clarke for the Introduction of the book at [email protected]

Environmental Humanities Research Initiative Autumn Panel

Gilman 108

Visualizing Human and Ecological Loss in Latin America (Gisela Heffes, Modern Languages and Literatures) Beeing and Time: Toward a Literary Entomology (Christiane Frey, Modern Languages and Literatures) Modified: Colonial Limits and Plant Life Relations in Transgenics Research (Nicole Labruto, Program in Medicine, Science, and the Humanities; Anthropology) Organized and Moderated by: Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Modern Languages […]

Moving Words: Literature, Memory, and Migration in Berlin by Andrew Brandel 

Please join the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for a discussion of Moving Words: Literature, Memory, and Migration in Berlin by Andrew Brandel (U Chicago) with comments from Johns Hopkins faculty members Naveeda Khan (Anthropology), Sabine Mohamed (Anthropology), Aamir R. Mufti (English), and Samuel Spinner (MLL). The event is co-sponsored by MLL, Anthropology, and […]

Biblical Violence and the Virtues of a (Very) Plain Sense

Confronted by ethically troubling texts and themes in the Hebrew Bible, modern and contemporary Jewish commentators have developed an array of strategies for addressing and "repairing" the plain meaning of such passages. This talk argues that these reparative attempts have their own consequences, drawing out the ethical, political, and philosophical virtues of a renewed insistence […]

Against Joy

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures presents Dr. Sunny Yudkoff, Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Yudkoff will be presenting "Against Joy: Yankev Glatshteyn and the threat of Yiddish FREYD" on April 10, 4-5:30pm, in Gilman 479.