Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Vladimir Putin painting by Former President George W. Bush via Shalom GoldmanIn June of 2001, George W. Bush famously claimed that he had looked into the eyes of Vladimir Putin and “found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy, and we had a very good dialogue. I was able... Read More »

The Use and Abuse of the Holocaust in Marking the Rwandan Genocide

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of a months-long carnage that claimed the lives of about 800,000 people in Rwanda. We’d like to believe it took us by surprise, but there is just too much evidence to the contrary. It was reported in real time, and we looked away. A Rwandan... Read More »

Eric Meyers and Carol Meyers give annual Petrie Oration in Australia and are interviewed by Radio New Zealand

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Eric Meyers and Carol Meyers jointly delivered the annual Petrie Oration at the Australian Institute of Archaeology in Melbourne on March 28, 2014. The lecture, entitled "Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present" utilized four case studies to illustrate the intersection between... Read More »

Wednesday April 2 seminar with Dr. Grit Schorch

Monday, March 24, 2014
On Wednesday, April 2 the Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes Dr. Grit Schorch.  The topic is:  “Moses Mendelssohn’s Bilingual Language Philosophy and the Modern Language Discussion.” Her visit is sponsored by the UNC Center for Jewish Studies. paper available   JSS – Schorch  

Next seminar March 23 with Prof. Michael Silber

Monday, March 10, 2014
The next Jewish Studies Seminar will meet Sunday, March 23. Michael Silber from the Hebrew University will lead a seminar on "In Dreams End Responsibilities: Spirituality, Gender and Fundamentalism in the Dreamworlds of a 19th Century Ultra-Orthodox Couple." paper available ... Read More »

Kalman Bland Discusses "Medieval Perspectives on Human Rights"

Thursday, March 6, 2014
In this lecture, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Duke, Kalman Bland, discusses "Medieval Jewish Perspectives on Human Rights" as part of the on-going series "The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights"

The Mystery of the Bible’s Phantom Camels

Monday, February 24, 2014
The Mystery of the Bible’s Phantom CamelsA new study reignites the thorny debate over biblical accuracyBy Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdiasFeb. 11, 201442 Comments Getty ImagesOnce upon a time, Abraham owned a camel. According to the Book of Genesis, he probably owned lots of camels. The Bible says... Read More »

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Intermarriage, and the Peace Process

Monday, February 24, 2014
by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 21, 2014:  While Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts toward Israeli-Palestinian peace still generate headlines in the US, Israeli readers have long lost any initial interest they might have had in Kerry’s flurry of diplomatic activity. As one... Read More »

“The Earth is the Lord's”: Psalms and Songs of Exile and Return

Monday, February 10, 2014
Duke is proud to present “The Earth is the Lord's”: Psalms and Songs of Exile and Return; contemporary settings of Biblical texts for baritone and piano.The performance will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00am in Goodson Chapel at the Duke Divinity School.  Duke's very own Eric... Read More »

Next seminar February 16 with Karen Auerbach

Thursday, February 6, 2014
The next Jewish Studies Seminar will meet Sunday, February 16. Our presenter will be Prof. Karen Auerbach, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill. She will lead a discussion on ” ‘Nusekh Poyln‘?  Jewish Integration and Its Obstacles in Poland after the Holocaust.” paper... Read More »