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February 7, 2018

“Sirens in the Synagogue”

2018 Singer Family Lecture

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore and Professor of Hebrew Literature (emerita) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


Join us as Dr. Hasan-Rokem discusses the exegetical imagination in rabbinic literature by exploring the role of the fatal Siren as a metaphor of interpretation itself.


This event is sponsored by the Singer Family and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Free and open to the public.  Refreshments provided.

February 6, 2018

“Kafka’s Theatre: According to Benjamin and Brecht”

Freddie Rokem, Professor Emeritus from Tel Aviv University

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

5:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


This event is sponsored by the Singer Family and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments will be provided.

April 25, 2017

Events honoring Judith Baskin

Scroll down for the conference program


Program – PDF Version

Alterity and Its Alternatives:

A Conference on Gender and Judaism in Honor of Judith Baskin


Tuesday, May 23

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


9:00-10:30                  In Her Voice: Female Jewish Writers

                                    Moderator: Anne Kreps – University of Oregon


Gantt Gurley – University of Oregon

“The Other Goldschmidt: Ragnhild and Alleotheta”

Naomi Sokoloff – University of Washington

“Modern Women Poets and the Kaddish: Teaching Jewish Literature as World Literature”

Monique Balbuena – University of Oregon

“From tHEiR mouths: Contemporary Women Poets Write in Ladino”


11:00-12:30                Gender, Transition, and Sexual Ambiguity

                                    Moderator: Federica Francesconi – College of Idaho


Kevin Osterloh – Oregon State University

“The Diplomatic Discourse of Judean Masculinity: Intra-Jewish Relations in the Days of Hyrcanus I”

David Hollenberg – University of Oregon

“Gender Anxiety or Intellectual Virtuosity?  Discussions of the khunthā mushkil (sexually ambiguous adult) in classical Islamic jurisprudence.”

Howard Tzvi Adelman – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

“Concerning a Woman Who Became a Man and a Man who Became a Woman”


2:00-3:30                    Women and the Law

            Moderator: Jeffrey Librett – University of Oregon


Tal Ilan – Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Judaistik

“A Feminist Commentary on Esther in Tractate Hullin”

Rena Lauer – Oregon State University

“Real and Imagined Jewish Women in Late Medieval Crete”

Federica Francesconi – College of Idaho

“Women’s Life, Rabbinical Attitudes and Gendered Spaces in Early Modern Italy”


Wednesday, May 24

Knight Library Browsing Room


9:00-10:30                  Re-Depicting the Bible: Gardens, Women, and Representation

                                    Moderator: Evlyn Gould – University of Oregon


Deborah Green – University of Oregon

“Stuck in the Middle: The Motif of the Vulnerable Female in the Garden”

Kenneth Helphand – University of Oregon

“My garden, my sister, my bride.”

Susan Niditch – Amherst College

“The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove: Jael, Judith, and Beyond”


11:00-12:30                The Feminist Lens: Using the Methods of Judith Baskin

                                    Moderator: David Hollenberg – University of Oregon


Gail Labovitz – American Jewish University, Los Angeles

“Lest Someone Else Precede Him: Bavli Mo’ed Qatan 18b and Rabbinic Discourse on the Divine Role in Marital Matches”

Rebecca Winer – Villanova University

“Wet nurses, Gender, and Judaism in Medieval Spain and Southern France”

Anne Kreps – University of Oregon

“Midrashic Women, Gnostic Women: Some Biological Considerations”


2:00-3:30                    Witnessing the 20th Century

                                    Moderator: Evlyn Gould – University of Oregon


Mark Raider – University of Cincinnati

“The Political Theology of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise”

Gina Hermann – University of Oregon

“Jewish women at Ravensbruck through the eyes of political prisoners”

Sara Horowitz – York University, Toronto

“Midrash and Gender in Holocaust Testimony”

Jeffrey Librett – University of Oregon

“Remarks on Freud’s ‘The Moses of Michelangelo’”  


7:30 p.m.        Judith Baskin – University of Oregon

Ford Alumni Ballroom

“Distinguishing Egg White from Semen: Rabbinic Forensics and the Medieval Afterlives of a Talmudic Passage”

A passage in Babylonian Talmud Gittin 57a discusses a scientific test the Rabbis used to clear a woman falsely accused of adultery. This talk reveals the larger context of that accusation and explores references to this forensic technique in medieval Jewish and Muslim sources.

April 13, 2017

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events April

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events April  

By Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784,

Contact: Paul Kopperman, 541-737-1265,

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lucille Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor who endured the Lodz Ghetto and the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at Oregon State University April 25 as part of the university’s annual Holocaust Memorial Week.

Eichengreen was born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925. Her father and sister were murdered in the concentration camps and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than 40 people who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps. Her work drew death threats and she later moved to the U.S.

Eichengreen has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, “From Ashes to Life,” tells her story in detail.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to obtain free tickets in advance to ensure a seat. Tickets are available online at: A book-signing will follow.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Monday, April 24: A public talk Sarhang Hamasaeed, “The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional and Global Implications,” 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Hamasaeed, director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Discussion, “Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Milam Auditorium. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of anti-semitism, while Amarah Khan, associate director of global diversity initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. Weather permitting, a candlelight vigil affirming religious and cultural understanding will follow in the MU Quad from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: A public talk by Anne Kelly Knowles, “The Transformative Power of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Knowles, a professor of history at the University of Maine, is among the foremost proponents of geographic information systems, a methodology that bridges geography and history. In her talk at OSU, Knowles will draw on survivor testimony and her extensive research on concentration camps and ghettos in order to explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.” The talk is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college’s research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

March 6, 2017

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

A Rock Opera by Alicia Jo Rabins

FREE Performance

Wednesday, March 8

7pm, Redwood Auditorium, EMU

FREE Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 9

12pm, Knight Law School Rm. 142

Sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, School of Law, Schnitzer Cinema, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, and the Oregon Humanities Center.


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

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