Conferences and Workshops

Recent symposia and conferences sponsored by the Crown Center include:

The State of Jewish Studies in the CIC: Reports, Discussion and Collaboration

November 15-16, 2015

For the second time ever, the directors of Jewish Studies units in the CIC (an academic analogue to the Big Ten in athletics) convened to discuss the state of the discipline, share effective program-building measures and strategize about inter-institutional collaboration. Over a day and a half in Evanston, directors committed to work together in the future on graduate mentoring, public programming and shared online courses.

"Between Baghdad and Haifa: A Tribute to Israeli Author Sami Michael"

October 7-9, 2015

The three-day conference brought together international scholars to discuss and explore the work and life of Israeli author Sami Michael. The conference featured an interview between Ha’aretz literary editor Benny Ziffer and Sami Michael in addition to a performance of traditional Iraqi-Jewish music by renowned Israeli musician Yair Dalal.

At the Crossroads: New Directions in the Study of Rabbinic Literature

May 18-19, 2015

Ten top international scholars of Rabbinics traveled to Evanston to join conference organizers Mira Balberg and Barry Wimpfheimer for a conference entitled: "At the Crossroads: New Directions in the Study of Rabbinic Literature." Conference participants, who all combine solid textual pedigrees with an interest in expanding the study of Rabbinics in a variety of new theoretical ways, pre-distributed research-in-progress and enjoyed a lively and productive scholarly conversation surrounding each paper.

"The Zionist Ideal in Israeli Culture: Dream and Reality"

November 17-19, 2013

The Inaugural Israel Studies Conference highlighted Israeli music and dance, theater, visual art, literature, and cinema, and included an interview with Dror Moreh, Director of The Gatekeepers, and a performance by the Tel-Aviv MultiPiano Ensemble.

"Beyond Survival: American Ultra-Orthodxy as Religion"

October 21-22, 2012

This two-day workshop brought together several scholars who work on American ultra-Orthodoxy. The aim of the conference was to promote a deeper interrogation of Haredi religion and culture.

Israel at Sixty, Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of the Jewish State

May 18 and May 19, 2008.