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Past Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectures

Past Solomon-Tenebaum Lectures

Spring 2017--Dr. Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School: “The Binding of Isaac in the Three ‘Abrahamic Traditions': The Jewish-Christian-Muslim Debate."

2016--David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies,Department of Religion, Emory University: “Salvador Dali’s ‘Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel'."

2015--David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought and the Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago: "Does the History of Anti-Judaism Have Anything To Do with the Present?"

2014 -- Nancy K. Miller, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, City of New York Graduate Center: "My Memoirs Made Me Jewish: Family, Memory, and the Writing Self."

2012 -- Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Chair, Ph.D. Program in Communications, Columbia University: "The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election."

Symposium Panelists: Todd Gitlin (Columbia University), Carol E. Harrison (USC), W. Dean Kinzley (USC), Adam M. Schor (USC), David Shields (USC)
Symposium Moderator: Lawrence B. Glickman (USC)

2011 -- Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Director, Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies: "Sage Tales: The Power of Rabbinic Story and What it Can Teach Us Today."

Symposium Panelists: Federica K. Clementi (USC), Michael Gibbs Hill (USC), Paul Allen Miller (USC), Gordon D. Newby (Emory University), Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Symposium Moderator: Elise Blackwell (USC)

2010 -- Jonathan D. Sarna, Director, Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership, Brandeis University: "Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews: An Untold Story."

Symposium Panelists: Thomas J. Brown (USC), Bobby J. Donaldson (USC), Jonathan D. Sarna (Brandeis University), Mark M. Smith (USC)
Symposium Moderator: Stanley Dubinsky (USC)

2009 -- Ruth W. Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service: "Global Vision: Opening our Eyes to Injustice."

Symposium Panelists: Edward R. Carr (USC), Rabbi Jonathan Case, Edward A. Frongillo Jr. (USC), Stephen Kresovich (USC), Ruth W. Messinger (AJWS), John H. Rashford (CofC)
Symposium Moderator: Stanley Dubinsky (USC)

2008 -- Stephen Nadler, William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "The Spinoza Problem: Secular Judaism and the Question of Jewish Identity."

Symposium Panelists: Stanley Dubinsky (USC) moderator, Saskia Coenen-Snyder (USC), Rabbi Hesh Epstein, Matthew Kisner (USC), Stephen Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Katja Vehlow (USC)

2007 -- Paula Hyman, Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History and Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University: "Antisemitism, Gender, and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe."

Symposium Panelists: Charles Bierbauer (USC) moderator, Paula Hyman (Yale University), Philip Jenkins (Pennsylvania State University, Prof. Jocelyne Cesari (Harvard University)

2006 -- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Winner noted author & journalist: "Night."

Symposium Panelists: Scott Straus (Political Science & International Studies, UW), Ronald R. Atkinson (History), Ann Kingsolver (Anthropology), Joel H. Samuels (Law)

2005 -Thomas Cahill, author of the best-selling "The Hinges of History" series: "The Gifts of the Jews."

Symposium Panelists: Rabbi Ephraim Rubinger and Dr. Sheila Elliott

2004 -- James Carroll, Author and Boston Globe Columnist: "Anti-Semitism: The Old and the New."

Symposium Participants: Bruce Lawrence, Ann Burlein, Kenneth Wald, and Joe Darby

2003 -- Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and Foreign Affairs Columnist for the New York Times: "The Middle East: An Update on Changing Events."

Symposium Participants: Moss Blachman, Jan Love, Donald Puchala, Brad Warthen, and a student representative
moderated by Charles Bierbauer

2002 -- Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli Journalist: "After the Collapse of the Left and the Right, Toward a New Israeli Consensus on Territories and Peace."

Symposium Panelists: Rhett Jackson (United Methodist businessman) and Omar Shaheed (Imam, Masjid Al-Salaam)

2001 -- Joint project with the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin lecturship: "Neighbors and Strangers: What Does Faith Require of Us?"

Symposium Panelists: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Dr. Mary Boys, & Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi

2000 -- Deborah E. Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University, Atlanta: "For the Sake of Truth and Memory: David Irving v. Deborah Lipstadt—Personal Perspectives from a British Courtroom."

1999 -- Anna E. Rosmus, Award winning writer and subject of the Oscar-nominated film, "The Nasty Girl" about her investigations into Nazi atrocities in her hometowm in Germany: "My Jewish Mission: A German Woman's Search for the Truth."

Symposium Panelists: Alfred Nordmann (Philosophy), Natalie Hevener Kaufman (International Studies), Stan Levine (French-USC Aiken), Samuel Tenenbaum, and Kevin Lewis (Religious Studies), moderator

1998 -- James L. Kugel, Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature, Harvard and Professor of Bible, Bar Ilan University, Israel: "Whose Fault Was the Fall of Man? The Bible's First Interpreters on Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden."

Symposium Participants: Lawrence Rhu (English), Ward Briggs (Classics), and Carl Evans (Religious Studies)

1997 -- Louis H. Feldman, Professor of Classics, Yeshiva University: "Admiration and Hate of the Jew in Classical Antiquity."

Symposium Participants: Ward Briggs (Classics) and Donald Jones (Religious Studies)

1996 -- Saul Friedlander, French Writer and Historian: "Two Jewish Historians in Extremis: Ernst Kantorowicz and Marc Bloch in the Face of Nazism and Collaboration."

Symposium discussion with Bob Herzstein, Professor of History


Tenenbaum Lectures

1995 -- Bernard Lewis, "The Judeo-Islamic Tradition"

1994 -- Laurence Thomas, "Fragility Through Prisms of Evil: Moral Lessons from the Holocaust and American Slavery"

1993 -- Susannah Heschel, "German Churches in the Third Reich"

1992 -- Martin A. Cohen, "Sephardic Jewry: Leven of the Modern World - A Commemoration of the Quincentenary of Their Expulsion from Spain"

1991 -- Michael Lerner, "Judaism as the Metaphysics of Radical Transformation"

1990 -- Irving Howe, "The Immigrant Jews and American Culture"

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