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University for a Day: Jewish Secularism

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9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The New School hosts a daylong series of mini-courses on Jewish secularism, an exciting new topic at the vanguard of Jewish studies. Distinguished scholars offer introductions to their courses on this subject. The keynote speaker is David Biale, author of the newly published intellectual history Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought. Dr. Biale, chair of the Department of History and the Emmanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California at Davis, will discuss his book and a course he is teaching called Secular Jewish Thinkers.University for a Day: Jewish Secularism Schedule9:30 a.m.  Arrival and coffee 10:00-11:00 a.m., Keynote by David Biale, author of Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought. Introduced by Laura Levitt, Temple University Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor of Religion, and member of the Posen Foundation Academic Advisory Committee. 11:00 a.m., Break11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Secularization and Sexuality, Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Union, Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and Koret Professor of Jewish Culture. Introduced by Andrea Lieber, Dickinson College, Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies and Associate Professor of Religion, Member Posen Foundation Academic Advisory Committee.12:00-12:50 p.m., Jewtopias! The Jewish Romance with Communism, Zionism, and America, Elliot Ratzman, Temple University assistant professor of Religion. Introduced by Laura Levitt.1:00-1:30 p.m., Lunch (meal provided with admission)1:30 p.m. -2:20 p.m. Seinfeld – A Secular Jewish Icon, Ted Merwin, Dickinson College, Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of the Asbell Center.  Introduced by Andrea Lieber.2:20-3:10 p.m. Jewish Folklore as a Venue for Secular Culture, Eli Yassif, Tel Aviv University Professor of Hebrew Literature at TAU, and founder and director of the Ofakim Program.  Introduced by Laura Levitt.3:10 p.m.  Break 3:20-4:10 p.m., Global Jewish Secular Societies, Caryn Aviv, University of Colorado–Boulder, Senior Instructor in Secular Jewish Society and Civilization. Introduced by Andrea Lieber.4:10-5:20 p.m., Psychoanalysis and the Secular Subject, Aleksandra Wagner, New School for General Studies, Assistant Professor. Introduced by Laura Levitt.5:30 p.m., End and break before the 7:30 p.m. event begins in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.For more information, visit the Posen Foundation website.University for a Day is followed on the same day by A Conversation of Jewish Secularism at 7:30 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium at The New School. For more information, visit by the Jewish Cultural Studies Program at The New School, in collaboration with the Posen Foundation and the Center for Cultural Judaism.

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

$30; free for all students and New School faculty, staff and alumni($40 combined offer for those attending University for a Day and A Conversation on Jewish Secularism.)

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