2012–2013

April 23, 2013

The Aryan Jesus in Nazi Germany: The Bible and the Holocaust

The Kripke Center’s Holocaust Lecture will be given by Prof. Susannah Heschel.

Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany's Geiger Prize, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She is the author of over seventy articles and has edited several books, including Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen).

Prof. Heschel has received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation; she has been a Rockefeller Fellow at the National Humanities Center. She has been a visiting scholar at numerous universities and has been awarded several honorary doctorates.

Prof. Heschel’s lecture will be given on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center 3023. Listen to her lecture here. See her lecture on You-Tube Here.


February 14-15, 2013

The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor

This year's Kripke Symposium will raise the question of the relationship between the Bible and its concern for the poor in its ancient economic context and concern for the poor in our contemporary economic context. The symposium will thus address the role of the poor and the economy in the biblical tradition from historical and social perspectives, and offer theological and ethical responses from contemporary contexts.

The symposium participants and the title and time of their presentations are listed on the symposium poster linked HERE.

The symposium will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 14-15, from 8:30 – 5:00 in the Harper Center 3029.


November 28, 2012

Redemption, Messianic Time, and Historical Transformation: Walter Benjamin’s Political Theology

Dr. Massimiliano Tomba will address the work of Walther Benjamin (1892-1940), who was a German-Jewish philosopher and literary critic associated with Georg Lukacs and the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He was friends with Gershom Scholem, who explored Messianic themes and Jewish mysticism.

Massimiliano (Max) Tomba is Senior Researcher in Political Philosophy in the Department of Political and Juridical Sciences and International Studies at the University of Padua in Italy. Dr. Tomba earned his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy in 2000 from the University of Pisa. He has lectured widely in the Italian- and the English-speaking worlds. This fall he is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Tomba’s research interests include German classical philosophy, political Philosophy, critical theory, philosophies of history, Marxist and Post-Marxist thought, and human rights. He is a prolific writer in Italian and English. He has published three books and edited seven others, most recently Marx’s Temporalities (Brill). He is presently working on a book-length manuscript, “The Unhistorical Present: Exit Strategy,” on the concept of time, space, and the transcendental subject in the contemporary crisis of experience and global political space.

Dr. Tomba’s lecture will be on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Harper Center 3029.


October 28-29, 2012

Who is a Jew?

The Twenty-Fifth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium will explore the question of who is a Jew. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States and abroad will be held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, October 28. On Monday, October 29, the sessions will be held at Creighton University in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

For further information, see the website of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization.

The proceedings of the symposium will be published in the Studies in Jewish Civilization series.


October 5, 2012

Re-Describing Earliest Christianity as a Religion of Independent Specialists

Heidi Wendt will present a new assessment of early Christian leaders (such as St. Paul) in the Roman Empire based on her doctoral research.

Heidi Wendt is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Brown University with specialties in Roman religion and earliest Christianity. For the past year she held a Rome Prize in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome, where she was working on a dissertation that assembles evidence for entrepreneurial religion at Rome in the early imperial period. Though many of the figures and practices that populate her case studies also comprise categories like magic, astrology, mystery cults, and Judaism, she offers an analysis of the religion of independent specialists that cuts across its assorted permutations. Her wider interests include contextualizing evidence for earliest Christianity and redescribing Paul and his epistles with a view to broader patterns of independent specialist activity.

Heidi Wendt’s lecture will be given on Friday, October 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center 104.


September 27, 2012

Serving the Crucified People: Justice-based Duties to Promote Environmental Justice

Professor Kristin Shrader-Frechette will deliver the third annual Religion & the Environment Lecture. Prof. Shrader-Frechette is the O’Neill Family Endowed Professor at Notre Dame, where she teaches in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Philosophy, and is director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Children’s Health. She is the author of 16 books and over 380 articles. In 2004, Prof. Shrader-Frechette became only the third American to win the World TechnologyAward in Ethics for her work in public-health and environmental ethics. In 2007, Catholic Digest named her one of 12 “Heroes for the US and the World” because of her pro-bono environmental-justice work with minority and poor communities.

Professor Shrader-Frechette will deliver her lecture on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 in the Harper Center Ballroom.