Words and Music

Now in its third year, our Words and Music series matches world class scholarship together with inspired music - combining head and heart into one event. This year, we celebrate the 70th birthday of the State of Israel with two of our three scholars.

All events begin at 10:30 AM in the main sanctuary.

November 5, 2017:  Dr. Na'ama Rokem

"Paul Celan and Yehuda Amichai: two poets write about the city of Jerusalem"
Na'ama Rokem is Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature & Comparative Literature at the University of Chciago and the author of "Prosaic Conditions: Henrich Heine and the Spaces of Zionist Literature" (2013). She is currently writing a book about the encounter between Paul Celan and Yehuda Amichai, as well as articles on multilingualism and translation in the works of Hannah Arendt and Leah Goldberg.

 

February 25, 2018:  Dr. David Nirenberg

"Neighboring Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam"
The Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Fundamentals, Middle East Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College, and the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, David Nirenberg is the author of multiple books, most recently "Aesthetic Theology and Its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics" (2015). His interest centers "in the history of how the possibilities and limits of community and communication have been imagined."

 

April 22, 2018:  Dr. Elie Rekhess

"Reflections on Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel"
Elie Rekhess is the Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at Northwestern University and the Associate Director for Israel Studies of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. As one of Israel's leading experts on the Arab minority in Israel, Jewish-Arab relations, Palestinian politics, and Islamic resurgence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, he has published books and articles, and served as Senior Consultant on Arab Affairs to both Prime Ministers Itzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak.