Tobias Lecture: “Anti-Judaism and the History of Thought”

by CJS


Professor David Nirenberg, Deborah and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

Event Details

Thursday, April 24, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Union South (1308 W. Dayton Street)

This lecture is made possible through the generosity of Harry and Marjorie Tobias.

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Questions of how we are Jewish and, more critically, how and why we are not have been asked by many and diverse societies. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world. What relationship do these uses have to each other? Can we write a history of this way of thinking? And what, if any, hold might this history of past thought have upon ways in which we can think in the present?

About the Speaker

Professor Nirenberg is Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and the director of the university’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. His research focuses on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with and thought about each other over the ages. His books on the subject include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, as well as Judaism and Christian Art. His recent Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013) traces the multiple ways in which thinking about Jews and Judaism has shaped Christian, Islamic, and modern secular thought. His Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern, will appear in 2014. David Nirenberg is also a contributor to publications such as The Nation, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books.