Upcoming Events

COVID-19 has necessitated the cancellation of some upcoming live events, but I’m converting them to online versions!  Check out the notes in red below to learn how to access these as they become availabe.  And if you’re bored at home and want more lectures to watch online, check out my video-lectures page!

Identity Politics in Ancient Israel

From Noah’s sons to Lot’s daughters, some biblical stories can seem rather bizarre to us reading them today.  Professor Shawna Dolansky will take us on a quick tour through the book of Genesis, with an eye toward revealing what these less well-known stories might tell us about their authors’ concerns with identity politics in their larger Syro-Canaanite environment.
This lecture is now available for streaming via the SJCC website but only until April 21!
Soloway Jewish Community Center, Social Hall A
Sunday March 29 at 10:30 a.m. – no registration required, free and open to the public


Reading Genesis

The book of Genesis contains some of the most foundational narratives recorded by the people of ancient Israel. In a seminar-style roundtable discussion, Shawna Dolansky will guide the class in literary and historical considerations of the core ideas, principles, values, hopes, and fears of the people who produced this book against the background of other ancient Near Eastern texts and histories. *Please note: as there will be no formal lectures, regrettably this course will NOT be available as a video recording for those unable to attend in person.  Registration information available here.

Tuesdays 10:00-11:30, April 21 to May 26 at the Soloway JCC.

I’m going to run this course via web-conferencing technology, on the same dates and times advertised – Tuesdays from April 21-May 26 from 10:00-11:30 am.  Please contact me for registration information.


Learning in Retirement – A Taste of the Humanities

The Bachelor of Humanities is a four-year interdisciplinary tour of great ideas that shaped our world.  Drawing from the expertise of faculty in Religion, Philosophy, Art History, Music, Political Science, Anthropology, English, and other Carleton programs, students in the B. Hums. explore the texts, images, sounds, emotions, and intellectual leaps that make up the historical legacy of human attempts to capture truth and meaning.  Our students become culturally literate and well-educated global citizens, able to read, write, analyse and discuss ideas at a high level.  Team-taught by faculty from the Humanities program, this LIR course offers a taste of a Humanities degree for the intellectually curious.  Registration info available here.

Fridays 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mar 13 through April 27, 2020.  Postponed until further notice.



Other “Upcoming Events” will be posted as they’re booked – please check back!