Dante and Modernity

In a famous passage of Survival in Auschwitz, the memoir that emerged from his harrowing experience in the concentration camp, Primo Levi strives to recall from his memory Canto 26 of Dante’s Inferno – a canto that narrates the mad flight and tragic fall of the Greek hero Ulysses.

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Discussions of modernity—or alternative and multiple modernities—often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its original European context. Too often, attempts to answer this question either imagine a universal model derived from the history of Western Europe, which neglects the experience of much of the world, or emphasize a local, non-European context that limits the potential for comparison.

Israel's Judiciary Under Threat

Professor Menachem Hofnung will share insight into how Israel's judiciary has changed over time, attempts to limit its role in government, and its position in Israeli politics.

Does the Judiciary really constitutes a third independent branch of government in Israel? This question arises when one witnesses the continuous attempts to change the existing balance of power and limit the court from applying judicial doctrines and legal standards to executive and parliamentary decisions.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The half-day conference co-sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Center and organized by Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle East Studies will feature leading scholars and public figures who will consider the future of Israel and Palestine.

NOTE: The event will be held at Brandeis University's Massachusetts campus, but can be viewed by visiting this page the day of the conference. The hours listed are Pacific Standard Time.

Paradisiacal Realms in Ancient Egypt and Early China

This talk explores the concept and representation of post-mortem paradises in Ancient Egypt and Early China. The notion of a paradise for the worthy, accessed through personal piety, ethical conduct or ritual knowledge, developed at a particular historical moment in the development of each of these great civilizations and expressed a genuine desire on the part of regular people for salvation and immortality. These expressions would have a lasting impact on the development of paradisiacal realms in the later universal religions of Christianity and Buddhism.

New Archaeological Discoveries in Israel: The Case of Samson in Stone -Lecture by Jodi Magness

Samson in Stone: New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee Since 2011. Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building that is paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue.


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