The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization

The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization has occurred annually since 1986 with the co-sponsorship of the University and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and serves as an important means for the campus and wider communities to share the findings of noted experts in the field. Recent Klutznick lecturers have included:

  • Psoy Korolenko & Anna Shternshis, "Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews During WWII", May 7, 2018
  • Ruth Gavison, "Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State," May 18, 2017
  • David Nirenberg,"Neighboring Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam," April 12, 2016
  • Ruth Langer, "Dealing with 'Difficult' Prayers: Jewish Liturgy in an Age of Jewish-Christian Dialogue," May 28, 2015
  • Jeremy Dauber, "Sholem Aleichem: A Life in Fact and Fiction," June 11, 2014
  • Arthur Green, "Hasidism in the Modern Jewish Imagination," May 6, 2013
  • Israel Bartal, "Dreamers or Pioneers? The Jewish Community in 19th Century Jerusalem," May 14, 2012
  • Irwin Cotler, "Human Rights Derailed: Delegitimizing the State of Israel," April 7, 2011
  • Anthony Julius, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century," May 3, 2010
  • Tova Hartman, "Gender, Judaism and Freud: Confessions of an Orthodox Jewish Feminist," March 4, 2009
  • Hillel Halkin, "After Post-Zionism: Building the Israel That Could Be," March 12, 2008
  • Peter Gay, "Guenter Grass and My German Problem-Again," April 17, 2007