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Spinoza's Universe - Jewish Studies Center Annual Conference
Start Date: 4/19/2018 All Day
End Date: 4/19/2018
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APRIL 19, 2018

Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall

Few philosophers have elicited as much controversy as Baruch Spinoza (1632-77), banished from the Sephardic community for his heretical views. A day of guest speakers will explore his philosophy in the context of the tumultuous world of the 17th Century Holland, and its continued relevance today. Keynote address by author and historian Russell Shorto.

This is a free event.

Please register for each panel you wish to attend.


Panel 1: 10am-11:45am  Register Here

 “Why Spinoza Now?”

The relevance of Spinoza in our current political and social environment.

Professor Heidi Ravven, Hamilton College

Professor Ericka Tucker, Marquette University

Professor Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University

Professor Yitzhak Melamed, Johns Hopkins University

Panel 2: 12PM-1:45PM   Register Here

 “Spinoza and the (Post) Enlightenment”

Explores Spinoza’s impact on the Enlightenment and the emergence of modern ideas of democracy, equality, diversity and more.


Professor Julie Klein, Villanova Univeristy

Professor Omri Boehm, The New School

Professor Derk Pereboom, Cornell University

Professor Justin Steinberg, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Panel 3: 5:30PM-7:00PM Register Here

“Spinoza and the Jewish Community--Then and Now.” 

Explores Spinoza’s relationship to the Jewish community in all its complicated history.


Professor Daniel Schwartz, George Washington University

Professor Michael Rosenthal, University of Washington

Professor Nancy Levene, Yale University

Keynote address: 7:30PM   Register Here

Russell Shorto, the author of The Island at the Center of the World.

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