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April 14, 12 PM PST: "The Embodied God in Early Jewish Tradition" with Deborah Forger

  For many persons today it is entirely plausible to imagine God as bodiless, or further still, as an entity created by the human intellect, a conceptual idea unaffected by time and space but this is not how most ancients viewed God. One encounters, as Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic specialists have made clear, everything from a very human-like body in the Hebrew Bible to an utterly incorporeal deity in the writings of Maimonides with much overlap in between.

March 2, 12 PM PST: "Narrating Belonging: Haratin Performance of Indigeneity Through Moroccan Jewish History and Artifacts, 1934-1956" with Moyagaye Bedward

  This talk will explore how the Haratin, a community marginalized because of their putative slave ancestry, engages in memory and cultural preservation as means of cultivating a sense of local and national belonging in Morocco. It explores how the Haratin have made great strides in problematizing, and combatting notions that they are not indigenous to Morocco, and thereby their Africanity, through the preservation of local Jewish history and artifacts. Talk centers on the Haratin in two places in the Anti-Atlas, in Aqqa and Zagora.

Call for Papers: Conference on Environmental Conflict and Cooperation: March 3, 2021

  Environmental concerns and natural resources can be a cause for conflict between ethnic, religious, national, and political groups, but they can also be a reason for cooperation between countries, organizations, communities, and individuals. Such cooperation could include ecological goals such as enhancing ecosystem health and preventing species or habitat loss, but also goals such as strengthening community resilience, protection of cultural values, scientific discovery, and peacebuilding.

February 10, 12 pm PST: "California Reds: Young Jewish Communists in the 1930's," with Caroline Luce

  Luce will focus her presentation on a cohort of young Jewish activists raised in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant milieu of Los Angeles who came of age in the Young Communist League in the 1920s and 1930s, including Dorothy Ray Healey (Dorothy Rosenblum), Ben Dobbs (Ben Isgur), and others who became prominent leaders of the California Communist Party by the 1940s.

january 12, 12 pm: "zipporah's knife: a jewish reckoning with race," with elliot ratzman

  Is antiracism a Jewish virtue? After 1967, Jewish conditions in the U.S., Israel, and Europe have been shaped by new frameworks for understanding racism. Projects articulating critical race theory, anti-Zionism, and decolonization have challenged Jewish self-conceptions as an antiracist community. Jewish thought ethics, theology, political philosophy has not sufficiently addressed these challenges.