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Jewish Lives Series

Jewish Lives Series

The Jewish Lives book series published by Yale University Press explores the stories of influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science and politics. Case Western Reserve University experts will lead these book discussions. Participants should bring the required book to each session.

Wednesdays, June 7-28 | 10–11:30 a.m.

No class June 14

Alanna CooperDirector of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU


Perhaps the most significant Jewish leader, Moses leaves behind no bibliographic source material other than the text of the Bible itself. Read and discuss Moses: A Human Life, by acclaimed scholar, Avivah Zornberg, who weaves Jewish exegesis with literary criticism and psychoanalytical theory to paint a vivid and haunting portrayal of this fragile hero

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Wednesdays, July 19 - August 2 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU

Among the most famous anarchists in American history, Emma Goldman devoted her life to the project of emancipating all humanity. A Jewish immigrant from Russia, she traveled across the world to preach her vision of a world absent all forms of power and oppression. Read and discuss Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life, for an incisive view into the drive behind radical politics.

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Wednesdays, August 9-23 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Scott Dowling, M.D., Lecturer in Lifelong Learning

Inventor of psychoanalysis, Freud’s innovative and widely influential treatment was born out of his own experiences as a Jewish immigrant. He created what has been dubbed a “psychology of the immigrant,” and a way to come to terms with the Jews’ fate in Western Europe. Read and discuss Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst for an incisive portrait of the man and his work.

Landmark Centre | Members: $30; Nonmembers: $40 | REGISTER >