Colloquia Announcements

3/23/16 – Colloquium – “Excavation at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth”

Maha Darawsha ColloquiumOn March 23, Professor Maha Darawsha will present a faculty colloquium on “Excavation at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth.”

The event will take place in Oak 236 at 12:30 PM.

Reservations are requested, as lunch will be served.

To view a recording of some of the excavation process, click here.

Please contact the Center at to register for this colloquium or for more information.

Professor Darawsha’s work is in collaboration with the University of Hartford’s Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, and this event will be followed by a lecture at UHart on Thursday, March 24, also by Maha.

For more information on both events, click here.

4/1/16 – Colloquium – Einstein’s Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace

EinsteinWe’re very pleased to be co-sponsoring a colloquium with the Physics Department.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Storrs Campus
Gant Science Complex, Physics Building, Room P038

Professor David Kaiser, from the Department of Physics and Program in Science Technology, and Society at MIT, will present:

“Joint Physics/Judaic Studies Center Colloquium
Einstein’s Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace”

Refreshments will be prior to the talk, at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Complex,
Physics Library, Room P-103.

A popular image persists of Albert Einstein as a loner, someone who
avoided the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favor of quiet
contemplation. Yet Einstein was deeply engaged with politics throughout
his life; indeed, he was so active politically that the U.S. government
kept him under surveillance for decades, compiling a 2000-page secret file
on his political activities. His most enduring scientific legacy, the
general theory of relativity — physicists’ reigning explanation for
gravity and the basis for nearly all our thinking about the cosmos — has
likewise been cast as an austere temple standing aloof from the
all-too-human dramas of political history. But was it so? This lecture
examines ways in which research on general relativity was embedded in, and
at times engulfed by, the tumult of world politics over the course of the
twentieth century.

11/12/15 – Making Meditation Jewish by Emily Sigalow

Emily SigalowOn November 12th, Emily Sigalow will be presenting a faculty colloquium entitled “Making Meditation Jewish: The Construction of a New Contemplative Jewish Practice.”

Emily Sigalow is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. Her research and teaching interests focus on the sociological study of contemporary Jewish life, particularly as related to questions about culture, gender, and health. She is working on a book project about the historical and contemporary encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America. This book project, American JUBU, explains how Judaism and Buddhism met, combined, and changed in relation to each other in America since 1893. She holds a Ph.D in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology (joint degree) from Brandeis University, a M.A. from Ben Gurion.

Date: November 12, 2015

Location: BUS302 at 1:00 PM

Open to faculty, staff, students – Please join us!

Faculty Colloquium – “The Ark, Gone But Not Forgotten: Cultural Memory and Material Culture in the Hebrew Bible” presented by Daniel Fisher of U.California-Berkeley

Daniel Fisher


Daniel Fisher
Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Fisher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research explores social, historical, and literary questions in the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish biblical interpretation. He is currently completing a dissertation entitled, “Memories of the Ark: Cultural Memory, Material Culture, and the Construction of the Past in Biblical Societies.” This project develops a cultural biography of the Ark of the Covenant, exploring its use and reuse as a site of memory, both before and after its loss.  It examines the central role that objects play in the Hebrew Bible, considering the ways that biblical writers and early biblical interpreters engaged with objects—at times claiming, reimagining, and contesting them, but almost always remembering with them.

Daniel has held a number of fellowships, including fellowships at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, and he most recently served as a curatorial fellow at the Bancroft Library’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. He holds a C.Phil. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. (Honors) in religious studies from McGill University.

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