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January 29, 2017

“The Jewish Virtue of Manliness: Maccabean Judea between Greece and Rome”

Professor Kevin L. Osterloh, Ancient History & Religions, Oregon State University

Thursday, February 16th

4:00 pm

Susan Campbell Hall 111

This event is sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Free and open to the public.

January 27, 2017

Look to Norway!

The Nazi Occupation of Norway in Hollywood Wartime Cinema, 1942-1945

Friday, January 27

3:00 p.m.

Knight Library Browsing Room

Lecture by Arne Lunde, Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section UCLA Los Angeles, California

Sponsored by the Anderson Scandinavian Studies Fund

Free and open to the public

November 5, 2016

“Israeli History X”

Join us Thursday, November 17 for a lecture by visiting Professor Daniel Fridberg!

Many studies have demonstrated that ongoing violent conflicts often cause those involved to identify more with their own group identity and to engage in ever increasing hostile attitudes and behaviors toward the “other” group. But what about those who turn away from violence? What are the reasons and implications for their identity and social position? Daniel Fridberg, a peacebuilding practitioner working on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, will discuss his work with Israeli soldiers who choose to disobey orders or object to continuing their military service altogether after being stationed among the Palestinian civil population.Israeli History X

September 22, 2016

“Who is a Jew? Who is a Samaritan?”

Join us Tuesday, October 18 for a lecture by visiting Professor Menachem Mor!

May 9, 2016

Celebration of Life for Jack Sanders

Jack Sanders

The Jack T. Sanders Celebration of Life at the University of Oregon will take place on Thursday, May 12, beginning at 10 am in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Both Jack’s wife of over thirty-six years, Susan Elizabeth Plass, and Jack’s son, Collin Thomas Sanders, will be in attendance. Around 11:15 am, the group will proceed from the library to a location nearby for the planting of a flowering dogwood tree dedicated to Jack’s memory. Afterward, a buffet lunch will be served in the Browsing Room of Knight Library. At 4 pm that day in Chiles 128 (corner of Kincaid and 13th), former colleague Daniel Falk will deliver a lecture entitled “The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Everyone is welcome to attend any and all of these free public events on May 12th.

Thursday, May 12th

Knight Library Browsing Room

10:00 am Celebration of Life

11:15 am Tree Planting

11:45 am Lunch Buffet

The Myth of The Dead Sea Scrolls

Daniel Falk

Gaston Lecture presented by Dr. Daniel Falk, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, May 12, 2016

4:00 pm

Chiles 128

April 25, 2016

Healing at Dachau: One Physician’s Reflections on Liberation

Presentation by Clarice Wilsey


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

7:00 pm

Browsing Room, Knight Library

1501 Kincaid St.

David B. Wilsey, M.D. was one of 27 physicians that liberated Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945. He spent the next 5 plus weeks providing medical care to former prisoners who experienced starvation, typhus, typhoid and malnutrition. He documented his medical and personal thoughts in the many letters he sent home to his wife. To his patients he was a light amidst the evil and cruelty caused by the Nazis.

Clarice Wilsey will read from the letters and describe the work and thoughts of her remarkable father.

Refreshments provided

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the Singer Family.


April 12, 2016

Semmy Stahlhammer and Isabel Blommé a special collaboration with Chamber Music Amici


Temple Beth Israel Center for Jewish Life 2016

“Codename Barber” book talk, with klezmer interludes

Wednesday, April 13, 7:30pm

Temple Beth Israel

Free, Donations accepted

“Tchaikovsky & Klezmer” concert

Sunday, April 17, 3:00pm

Monday, April 18, 7:30pm

Wildish Community Theater

Tickets $25-$32, Group rate $15 (4 or more), Student rate $5

Call 541-953-9204 for tickets

TBI is proud to host Codename Barber, a book talk by author Semmy Stahlhammer with Klezmer selections from Semmy and Isabel Blommé, joined by accordionist Sergei Teleshev of Trio Voronezh. About the book: The Nazi threat emerges from Germany 1933 and shatters the small town life in eastern Poland. The teenager Mischa Stahlhammer manages to escape from a German work camp. He survives and after the war he ends up in Sweden. His son Semmy tells the story of what a boy, his family and friends had to live through in Poland before, during and after the Second World War, and how love gives him back the will to live – and the strength to create a new life in a foreign land. Semmy Stahlhammer is First Concertmaster of the Stockholm Royal Opera and leader of Stahlhammer Klezmer Classic. The musicians will also present a full concert with Chamber Music Amici on April 17th and 18th at the Wildish Theater.

March 8, 2016

CANCELLED: “Russian Jesus: Dostoevsky and the Nationalization of Christianity” Susan McReynolds


Russian Jesus

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Presents:

Monday, April 18, 2016


Gerlinger Lounge

Professor McReynolds, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University, is the author of the book Redemption and the Merchant God: Dostoevsky’s Economy of Salvation and Antisemitism (Northwestern UP, 2008) and is the editor of the Second Norton Critical Edition of The Brothers Karamazov (2011). She is currently completing a book on Russian nationalism and antisemitism as seen through the prism of Dostoevsky’s writings.

This program is made possible by the Clark Honor’s College, The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, the Department of English, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the UNESCO Chair at UO.
March 7, 2016

“Numbers and Nerves: Addressing the Arithmetic of Compassion and the World’s Most Urgent Issues”

Paul SlovicScott-Slovic

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

7:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room (Room 106)

University of Oregon

A talk by Paul Slovic and Scott Slovic

This presentation by a father-son team will explore how the social sciences and the environmental humanities can come together to enable us to understand how information is presented and perceived in the contexts of genocide, the refugee crisis, global climate change, and other humanitarian and environmental challenges.

Paul Slovic is Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon and President of Decision Research.

Scott Slovic is Professor of Literature and Environment and Chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho.

Reception to Follow.

Free and Open to the Public.

Sponsored by the University of Oregon Global Justice Program.

Contact Ashleigh Landau at

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