Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Next Religious Studies Department Brown-Bag: Violence in the Bible

The Department of Religious Studies
Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium Series
University of Pittsburgh
Violence in the Bible
Jerome Creach
Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
April 11, 2012
12:00 Noon
2628 Cathedral of Learning
Coffee and cookies provided
The presentation will address the problem of biblical texts that present God acting destructively and apparently approving the violent behavior of others. Drawing from the rich tradition of interpreting the Bible figuratively, the presentation will suggest that such a reading of many problematic texts is actually closer to the original intent of those texts than the reading often given by modern critical scholars. Among the topics addressed will be the problem of the conquest (Joshua 1-12) and the ban (Deuteronomy 7:1-5) and God's ongoing battle with the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16).
Jerome Creach is the author of five books on the Psalms and Prophets. His new work on violence in the Bible will appear in the series Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church (Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming 2013).

Message from the Office of Cross Cultural Leadership and Development

Monday, March 26, 2012

Lecture: "Frightening Jews" this Wednesday

Lecture Wednesday March 28: "FRIGHTENING JEWS" by JEREMY DAUBER
(Columbia University)

Is there such a thing as Jewish horror? Looking at examples of what has frightened Jews over three millennia of literary history, we'll venture some conclusions.
12:00 NOON
Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, and Director of Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. His first book, Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, was published in 2004 by Stanford University Press; in 2006, he and Joel Berkowitz published an anthology of their translations of landmark Yiddish plays; and in 2010, Yale University Press published his second monograph, In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern. He is the co-editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literature, a leading journal in the field. Dauber's research interests include older Yiddish literature, the literature of the Jewish Enlightenment, and Yiddish theater, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Yiddish literature, as well as courses on humor in Jewish literature and American Jewish literature. He regularly lectures on topics related to Jewish literature, history, and popular culture at the 92nd Street Y and other venues around the country.

Tomorrow: Rabies at the JFilm Festival

Pittsburgh Premiere • Directors: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
2010, Israel, 90 minutes • Hebrew with subtitles
Can you say bloody? The creepy confines of the woods provide the
perfect setting for RABIES, Israel’s first-ever horror film. A sexy, campy,
and clever game of murder, it involves a young couple who happen to be
brother and sister, a deranged cop and his lovesick partner, and a group
of tennis playing friends. An impressive cast of Israel’s leading actors is
drawn into a whirlwind of dark secrets, mix-ups and bloody mayhem.
Followed by "Can You Say 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' in Yiddish?:
Thinking About Jewish Horror," a discussion with scholars Jeremy
Dauber, Columbia University, and Adam Lowenstein, University of
Supported in part by the University of Pittsburgh-Jewish Studies Program.
In collaboration with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30p.m. • SouthSide Works Cinema
Tickets: Online at
or call: 412-992-5203, M-F, 1 - 3 p.m.

Friday, March 9, 2012




Turn off the technology? Celebrate a secular (?) Sabbath? See a documentary by an advocate for the “National Day of Unplugging” about her love/hate relationship with technology and participate in a post-film discussion with a scholar of American Judaism and a computer programmer.
JFilm Showing: “Connected” Saturday March 17, 8:10 pm, Southside Works
Film Schmooze with Rachel Kranson (Religious Studies at Pitt) and Jamie Forrest

See a moving film about a complicated Israeli family whose lives are further complicated by the arrival home of their autistic son and participate in a post-film discussion with an autism researcher who is setting up autism research programs in Israel.
JFilm Showing: “Mabul (The Flood)” Sunday March 18, 4 pm, Southside Works
Film Schmooze with Marlene Behrman-Cohen (Psychology at CMU)

Especially for students: See a hit Israeli TV show about 30-something Modern Orthodox singles (an Israeli “Friends”?) and meet the director for lunch.
JFilm Showing: “Srugim” Monday, March 19, 7:30 pm, Southside Works
Meet the Director: Eliezer Shapiro Tuesday, March 20, 12-1:15 pm, Hillel-JUC
For more information, contact Carly Adelmann at Hillel-JUC

See a film about complex relationships across generations and participate in a post-film discussion with a Pittsburgh gerontologist.
JFilm Showing: “Restoration” Sunday March 25, 4 pm, Southside Works
Film Schmooze with Steven Albert (Public Health at Pitt)

Jewish Horror? See the first Israeli horror film, attend a post-film discussion with two scholars, hear a lecture by one of those scholars on the long history of Jewish “horror” literature.
JFilm Showing: “Rabies” Tuesday March 27, 7:30 pm, Southside Works
Discussion, following the film, with Adam Lowenstein (Film Studies at Pitt) and Jeremy Dauber (Columbia)
Lecture by Jeremy Dauber: “Frightening Jews” Wednesday March 28, 12-1:30 pm
Pitt Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning (free)
Co-sponsored by Jewish Studies, German, Cultural Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Film Studies, and Religious Studies at Pitt.

See a film about the incredible story of Sofia Cosima, pianist and survivor, and hear the director talk about the documentary and play piano.
JFilm Showing: “A Suitcase Full of Chocolate” Thursday March 28, 7:00 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Post-Film Lecture and Concert with Lincoln Mayorga, director and pianist

*film showings and discussions require paid admission: see for information and pricing*