Mahindra Humanities Center Barker Center, Room 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 5:00PM
Soul Food and Salvation: Eating Animals in Medieval Ashkenaz
One of the unique features of the Jewish artwork of medieval Ashkenaz is its persistent zoomorphism—illuminated manuscripts produced by and for Jews in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Germany feature images of women and men with the heads of oxen, donkeys, birds, and so on. While art historians have offered various halakhic, polemical, and iconographical explanations for this aesthetic idiosyncrasy, this presentation will seek to situate Ashkenazic...
Adolphus Busch Hall 27 Kirkland Street, Hoffman Room Cambridge, MA 02138
Expelling the Jews: Wartime Plans to Expel Jews from Eastern Europe after the Second World War
This talk will examine the vigorous and conflicting responses of Jewish leaders to these plans to exclude Jews. Many Jewish leaders campaigned against these plans, advocating for renewed group protections for Jews and other minorities after the war. Zionist leaders, however, argued that Jews would not be able to reintegrate into their prewar homes, and for the first time publicly endorsed a program for a majority Jewish ethnic nation-state in Palestine.