Date(s) - September 6, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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, and often in negative ways. What does this history of Anti-Judaism have to do with how we think about Judaism today? Do past ideas about Israel and Israelites affect how we think in the present? Nowadays we are often called upon to evaluate political claims about Israel, Zionism, and Judaism. How can we know, as we make our ethical decisions in the present, whether we are being truly critical citizens of the world, or merely acting out of historical habit?
Dr. David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of History, as well as Dean of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. His teaching and research focus on the history of relations between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from their origins to the present. His books include include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1996), Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013); Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern (2014), and Aesthetic Theology and its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics (2015). He is the recipient of numerous prizes, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.