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February 2019

Book Discussion: Generation Stalin by Dr. Andrew Sobanet

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW United States

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a conversation on Generation Stalin with Dr. Sobanet, Dr. James Collins, and Dr. Susan Rubin Suleiman.Generation Stalin traces Joseph Stalin’s rise as a dominant figure in French political culture from the 1930s through the 1950s. Andrew Sobanet brings to light the crucial role French writers played in building Stalin’s cult of personality and in disseminating Stalinist propaganda in the international Communist sphere, including within the USSR. Based on a wide array of…

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March 2019

Poetry at the Center: Dr. Richard Chess

March 19 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a discussion with Dr. Richard Chess. Dr. Chess is the author of four books of poetry. He is an award winning professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville. In recent years, he has become active in the national movement exploring the use of contemplative pedagogy in higher education. He has served on the faculty of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) Summer Seminar in Contemplative Pedagogy Development (2015),…

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Mapping the Spirit: Geography of Hasidism

March 28 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a lecture by Marcin Wodziński. Professor Wodziński's lecture will examine the rise of Hasidism among East European Jewry in the eighteenth century and the borders which limited the movement. Additionally, he will consider the resurrection and strength of Hasidism from the post-Holocaust era to today. These and other topics will inform the lecture about the geography of this socio-religious movement in modern Judaism. Marcin Wodziński is Professor of Jewish history and literature,…

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April 2019

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Doubt and Religious Psychotherapy

April 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a lecture by Dr. Ayala Fader. During this talk, Dr. Fader will explore the emergence of religious (frum) therapy as a treatment for ultra-Orthodox Jews with life-changing doubt. Married and with children, these ultra-Orthodox men and women often live “double lives,” no longer believing in divine revelation, but continuing to practice publicly to protect their families. When double lifers’ doubting is uncovered or confessed they are often sent by a rabbi to…

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Contemporary White Supremacy in America: What are its Links to the Nazi Past?

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045, USA, 2 14th St NW United States

The Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University is pleased to announce its day-long conference. Held at the National Press Club, this forum seeks to examine how hate groups in the United States draw upon ideas, propaganda, recruiting techniques, and worldviews from the Nazi era. In what ways do extremists in this country invoke the anti-Semitic theories and practices of their Nazi forerunners? And in what ways do they diverge and/or offer new perspectives and tools for disseminating hatred of…

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Poetry at the Center: Dr. Laura Cesarco Eglin

April 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a conversation by Dr. Laura Cesarco Eglin. Dr. Cesarco Eglin is the author of three collections of poetry, Los brazos del saguaro (Yaugurú, 2015), Sastrería (Yaugurú, 2011), and Llamar al agua por su nombre (Mouthfeel Press, 2010). Cesarco Eglin’s poetry appears in América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). Cesarco Eglin’s work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-founding editor and publisher of Veliz Books. Light refreshments will…

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Book Discussion: Agony in the Pulpit: Jewish Preaching in Response to Nazi Persecution and Mass Murder 1933-1945

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a discussion of Dr. Marc Saperstein's book Agony in the Pulpit. About the book: Many scholars have focused on contemporary sources pertaining to the Nazi persecution and mass murder of Jews between 1933 and 1945—citing dated documents, newspapers, diaries, and letters—but the sermons delivered by rabbis describing and protesting against the growing oppression of European Jews have been largely neglected. Agony in the Pulpit is a response to this neglect and to the accusations made by…

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Book Discussion: Agony in the Pulpit by Dr. Marc Saperstein

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Residence Hall, Georgetown University, 6411 Tondorf Rd, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 3901 Georgetown Ct NW United States

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a discussion of Dr. Marc Saperstein's book Agony in the Pulpit. About the book: Many scholars have focused on contemporary sources pertaining to the Nazi persecution and mass murder of Jews between 1933 and 1945—citing dated documents, newspapers, diaries, and letters—but the sermons delivered by rabbis describing and protesting against the growing oppression of European Jews have been largely neglected. Agony in the Pulpit is a response to this neglect and to…

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The Jewish Community and the 116th Congress

April 23 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a lecture by Ambassador David Saperstein. Ambassador Saperstein was the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom from January 2015 to January 2017. He is currently an adjunct professor with the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Center for Jewish Civilization and previously was a senior research fellow of the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center. An ordained rabbi, he served for several decades as the director of the Religious Action Center…

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Book Launch: Some Unimaginable Animal

April 25 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McGhee Library

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a conversation with Dr. David Ebenbach. Dr. Ebenbach is the author of seven books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, winners of such awards as the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Juniper Prize, and the Orison Books' Fiction Prize. He lives in Washington, DC, where he teaches creative writing and literature in Georgetown University's Center for Jewish Civilization and where he researches and promotes whole-student and inclusive education through Georgetown's Center for New…

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