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Virtual SJCC: UW Jewish Studies Course

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Virtual Event
Osher Winter Studies Course

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a winter UW Jewish Studies Course. Join OLLI-UW and University of Washington faculty to discuss a wide array of topics for this three-part course running the final three Thursdays of January. The three topics will be:

  • Jan. 14: Women of the Book: Biblical Women in Jewish History, Memory, and Ritual Life
  • Jan. 21: “You say you want a revolution? Be careful because they usually turn into tragedies.”
  • Jan. 28: Rethinking “Tolerance” as a Political Ideal in the Netherlands

The event runs from 2 to 4 pm and is $40 (plus the annual OLLI-WA membership fee of $35). The series already began. Visit this webpage for more information.


January 14- Women of the Book: Biblical Women in Jewish History, Memory, and Ritual Life
The phenomenon of women interpreting the Bible and applying it to their own lives is not new, but the study of the way ancient Jewish women ritualized biblical stories and enacted Judaism apart from the rabbinic norms is only beginning. In this lecture, Prof. Ahuvia shares recent contributions to the study of Jewish women’s history, ritual, and memorialization of the past. Mika Ahuvia – Assistant Professor of Classical Judaism, The Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies, The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies University of Washington

January 21- “You say you want a revolution? Be careful because they usually turn into tragedies.”
The basic idea is that the major revolutions of the modern era began when societies were unable to deal with mounting problems. All of these could have been handled by moderate reforms, but elites in power refused to do that, so eventually the political systems cracked. At first moderates were in charge, but they failed to understand the extremists from both left and right who were against them, and as the middle eroded, extremists took power. To get their way the extremists turned to violent repression. Over time, if they lasted, the new elites were corrupted. It all ended badly, and we are still left with the legacies. Unfortunately the United States is moving toward such an outcome, though it is not quite there yet. This talk will be based on the speaker’s recent book called: You Say You Want A Revolution? Radical Idealism and Its Tragic Consequences (Princeton University Press, 2020). Daniel Chirot – Daniel Chirot, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School

January 28- Rethinking “Tolerance” as a Political Ideal in the Netherlands
Russell Shorto has called Amsterdam “the world’s most liberal city,” and indeed, the Netherlands is well known for its “tolerant” approaches to drug enforcement, legalized prostitution, and gay rights. However, recent events have brought this self-congratulatory attitude into question, especially in debates over immigration and multiculturalism. Is tolerance as positive of an ideal as it seems on the surface? Or does tolerance reinforce the very conflicts it is intended to regulate? Nicolaas P. Barr, Ph.D. (he/him), Part-Time Lecturer and Director of Study Abroad, Comparative History of Ideas, Associate Faculty, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington

If you have any questions about courses or registering please contract Trisha at 206-685-6549.

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