Past Luncheon Seminars

by CJS

Spring 2015 Luncheon Seminar Schedule

Paul Buhle, “George Mosse and Herbert Marcuse in a New Key: The Comics Version, and Why”

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00 p.m.
University Club (803 State Street)

Lunch provided; RSVP required to

Teryl Dobbs, “Brundibar’s Silenced Voices: What Does the Shoah Have to Do With Teaching Music?”

Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 p.m.
University Club (803 State Street)

Lunch provided; RSVP required to

Weijia Li, “Adult Education in the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Community”

Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 p.m.
University Club (803 State Street)

Lunch provided; RSVP required to

Fall 2014 Schedule

Alta Charo, “Religious Perspectives on Organ Donation”

Thursday, October 30, 12:00 p.m.
4233 Mosse Humanities Building (455 N. Park Street)

Lunch provided; RSVP required to

Ariana Horn, “A Beneficial Yet Compromising Alliance: the Human Relations Movement among Milwaukee’s Middle-Class Women’s, Jewish and African American Voluntary Organizations, 1930-1980”

Tuesday, November 18, 12:00 p.m.
4233 Mosse Humanities Building (455 N. Park Street)

Lunch provided; RSVP required to

Fall 2013 Schedule

Thursday, October 17: Steven Whitfield

Friday, November 1: Simone Schweber

Luncheon Pedagogy Seminar, “Teaching in Jewish Studies: Practice Examined”

Monday, November 4: Sarah Wobick

Reading Group, “How Jewish Is Jewish Studies” 

Friday, November 22: Steven Nadler

Luncheon Pedagogy Seminar, “How Not to Teach Jewish Studies” 


Spring 2013 Schedule

Thursday, January 31
: Jonathan Pollack (MATC, UW-Madison)

Mitzvot and Merchandizing in Prominent Jews of America, 1918

Thursday, March 14: Ezequiel Gomez-Caride (Weinstein Distinguished Graduate Fellow, UW-Madison)

The Jewish Gauchos and the Anti-Argentinean Schools

Thursday, April 11: Simon Goldhill (Professor in Greek Literature and Culture;  Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at King’s College, Cambridge; Director of CRASSH, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge)

Why Don’t Jews Write Biography?

Both the dominant and Greco-Roman world and the growing Christian community of antiquity had extremely strong and important traditions of biographical writing. Why does ancient Judaism not reveal such forms or generic commitments despite the prevalence of biographical anecdote in rabbinic writing?

Thursday, April 25: Sarah Wobick-Segev (Weinstein Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern European Jewish History, UW-Madison)

How should we speak about the religion of ‘secular’ German Jews?

Much of the historiography concerning 19th and 20th-century German-Jews has presented them as being “Beyond Judaism”. No longer practicing the Judaism of their fathers or fathers’ fathers, many scholars have come to assume that religion itself was no longer important, conflating cultural change with radical secularization. Yet, evidence suggests that religion and religiosity remained important to German-Jews well into the 20th century. My talk seeks to explore the religiosity of one German-Jewish family as an entry point to a larger discussion on the spiritual and religious life of German-Jews who had abandoned halakhic observance but not spirituality or religiosity.

Wednesday, May 8: Jordan Rosenblum (Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism, UW-Madison)

Thou Shalt Not Cook a Bird in its Mother’s Milk?: Theorizing the Evolution of a Rabbinic Regulation

On three separate occasions, the Hebrew Bible commands: “Thou shalt not cook a kid in its mother’s milk.” Prior to the rabbis, Jews interpreted this law literally. They therefore would only eat meat and milk that came from unrelated animals. It is not until the Mishnah (c. 200 CE) that this biblical commandment is understood to prohibit cooking and eating all meat with all milk. Once the rabbis make this decision, however, a series of issues arise. One major concern relates to fowl. Since fowl produce no milk, Jews prior to the rabbis had no reason to prohibit fowl on the basis of this biblical law. According to the rabbis, however, this is a general prohibition. So the question they must now ask is: is fowl meat? And, if so, can it be consumed with milk? In this talk, I will discuss the evolution of the rabbinic prohibition against mixing fowl and milk. In doing so, we will consider texts from the Hebrew Bible, Philo, the Mishnah, Mekhilta, the Babylonian Talmud, and Maimonides.


Fall 2012 Schedule

Thursday, October 4: Hasia Diner (New York University)

Wednesday, October 10: Saul Olyan (Brown University)

Thursday, November 8: ”The Marginal Man Revisited: Jews and Modernity in the Chicago School of Sociology, 1920s to 1930s,” Chad Goldberg (UW-Madison)

Spring 2012 Schedule

February 17, 2012: Jeremy Hutton, Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies
Upon the Roof of the Temple: Reconstructing the Phenomenology of Altar Usage from Archaeological and Textual Remains

March 9, 2012: John L. Hirsch, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute
Ambassador Hirsch will lead a discussion of the Epilogue to Tony Judt’s Postwar, “From the House of the Dead: An Essay on Modern European Memory” Download pdf

March 16, 2012: Anat Stern, Mosse Visiting Assistant Professor of History

April 27, 2012: Nadav Shelef, Meyerhoff Assistant Professor of Israel Studies