Jewish and Holocaust Studies

Larry Josefovitz
Mondays, July 09-July 30|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Banned from public performance in Israel, both embraced and shunned by lovers of music internationally, Wagner's music continues to arouse passion among those sensitive to its use by the Nazi regime to promote its evils mission through the arts.

Jay Geller
Wednesdays, July 11-July 25|10-11:30 a.m.

A towering intellectual figure, Scholem pioneered the study of Jewish mysticism as a legitimate academic discipline, revealing an extraordinary world of myth and messianism. Read and discuss "Gershom Scholem: Master of the Kabbalah" for a view into Scholem's inner life that illuminates his most important writings.

Samantha Baskind
Wednesdays, August 01-August 15|10-11:30 a.m.

One of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Rothko immigrated to the United States from Russia as a child. His difficult integration, fraught with experiences of marginalization, led to his development as a major player in the social struggle of American artists.

Anthony Wexler
Wednesdays, August 22-September 05|10-11:30 a.m.

Primo Levi was an Italian scientist and Holocaust survivor, but is best known as a writer and innovative thinker. His work combines a scientist's attentiveness to structure and detail, and a powerful and passionate moral imagination.