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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 17
th Century Holland, and its continued relevance today. Keynote address by author and historian Russell Shorto. 

Co-sponsored with Congregation Shearith Israel and The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, American Sephardi Federation (ASF), and The Portuguese Consulate.

This is a free event.

Please register for each panel you wish to attend.


Panel 1: “Why Spinoza Now?”

10am-11:45am  Register Here

The relevance of Spinoza in our current political and social environment

Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University) 
Spinoza on Right and Power

Heidi Ravven (Hamilton College)
Did Spinoza Get Ethics Right? Some Evidence from the New Brain Sciences

Ericka Tucker (Marquette University)
Why Democracy?

Panel 2: “Spinoza and the (Post) Enlightenment”

12PM-1:45PM   Register Here

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

Omri Boehm (The New School)
Spinoza and Kant on Prophecy and Enlightenment

Julie Klein (Villanova University)
Spinoza and the Idea of Critique

Derk Pereboom (Cornell University)
Spinoza, Free Will, and the Legacy of the Radical Enlightenment

Justin Steinberg (Brooklyn College|CUNY Graduate Center)
Envy, Equality, and Exclusion in Spinoza's Analysis of Democracy

Panel 3: “Spinoza and the Jewish Community” 

5:30PM-7:00PM  Register Here

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

Nancy Levene (Yale University)
Jewish Questions to Spinoza

Michael Rosenthal (University of Washington)
Spinoza, Ben-Gurion, and Church-State Relations in Israel

Daniel Schwartz (George Washington University)
Should the Excommunication of Spinoza Be Lifted? Reflections on an Age-Old Dilemma

Keynote Speaker: Russell Shorto

7:30PM   Register Here

“Spinoza, the Dutch Landscape and the Human Mind.”

Address by the author of The Island at the Center of the World.

~ Sponsored by the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center, the Baruch Performing Arts Center and the Philosophy Department~

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