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New Fellow, Awards, and Lectures in Jewish Studies

Fordham University is excited to welcome Dr. Marc Herman as the first joint Rabin-Shvidler Post-doctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Fordham and Columbia. Dr. Herman received his PhD in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote his dissertation on rabbinic jurisprudence in the medieval Islamic world. His presence will add new dimensions to the teaching of the medieval period in Jewish history, to comparative legal studies, and the intersection of Jewish life and Islamic jurisprudence. At Fordham he teaches the courses “Ancient and Medieval Jewish History” and “Islam and Judaism: Law and Religion.”
The fellowship and awards are made possible by the Stanley A. and Barbara 
B. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund at Columbia University and the Eugene Shvidler Gift Fund at Fordham University. Continue reading

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For Passover and Easter: Teter Organizes Events and Exhibits Related to Christian-Jewish Relations

The St. Louis Bible from the Leach Collection. To learn more about this collection read about it on here on the Medieval Studies blog

The St. Louis Bible from the Leach Collection. To learn more about this collection read about it here on the Medieval Studies blog

 

“Passover and Easter: A Polemical Encounter” is an exhibit currently open at Walsh Library in the O’Hare Special Collection room, mounted by Dr. Magda Teter Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies and Professor of History. This exhibit explores the history of Easter and Passover through manuscripts, books, and ephemera, with a particular emphasis on the biblical texts related to the holidays and several Haggadot, the sacred text read during the Passover Seder.  Among the items on display are engravings from two editions of the famous 15th century world chronicle that portray the bleeding of a child, with images of Jews as grotesque characters, the Easter issue of an Italian magazine, La difesa della razza (The Defense of Race), from 1940 that once again return to the theme of blood libel; German currency from 1922 that celebrates burning Jews, and an 1884 parody of the Haggadah by German artist Carl Maria Seyppel.  Tom Stoelker wrote an in depth article about the exhibit which can be read by following this link to the Center of Medieval Studies Venerable Blog. 

 

 

 

Dr. Magda Teter

Dr. Magda Teter

A Dramatic Reading of  Burning Words: A History Play by Peter Wortsman 

Dr. Magda Teter will be involved in Burning Words: A History Play, offering scholarly commentary during the multimedia reading. The play is about about zealotry, censorship, and religious tolerance, and recounts the moment in history when  “Johannes Reuchlin, a humanist Christian jurist, clashed with Johannes Pfefferkorn, a Jewish butcher converted to Christianity and a willing tool of the Dominican Order in their quest to burn Jewish books. ” Dr. Teter recently gave a lecture entitled “From Friendship to Hatred: The Catholic Church and the Jews” at the University of New Mexico as part of  the AJS Distinguished Lecture Series.

The play will take place on April 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm at The Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street New York, New York 10011)

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 Leo Baeck Institute / Center for Jewish History members

We encourage members of the Fordham community to attend and support Dr. Teter  during this exciting innovative performance. More information about The Center for Jewish History and the play can be found on the center’s website. 

 Both of these events are excellent opportunities for students studying Christian-Jewish relations, like those currently taking Dr. Alex Novikoff’s Medieval Interfaith Relations graduate seminar.

 

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Magda Teter: History’s New Professor of Jewish Studies Marks an Anniversary in Interfaith Relations

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The newest addition to the Fordham History Department and the first holder of the Shvidler Chair in Jewish Studies, Dr. Magda Teter, is making a name for herself and Fordham at home and abroad. On October 27, Dr. Teter presented at a conference on the Declaration Nostra Aetate in Lublin, Poland. Her presentation, “The Theological and Historical Jew in Jewish-Catholic Relations,” opened the conference and was a keynote address. The two other speakers were Riccardo di Segni, the Chief Rabbi of Rome, and Archbishop Henryk Muszyński, the Primate of Poland. The three addresses were followed by a discussion panel, which also featured prominent Jewish and Catholic participants, including the Chief Rabbi of Poland. Throughout the discussion. the panel continuously referred back to Dr. Teter’s talk, both a testament to her and the significance of history in the current discourse about Catholic-Jewish relations.

This conversation continued at the Fordham Annual Fall McGinley Lecture,  “Rejecting Hatred: Fifty Years of Catholic Dialogue with Jews and Muslins since Nostra Aetate on November 10-11. The lecture, which was given by Fordham’s own Professor Patrick J. Ryan, SJ, was followed by responses from Dr. Teter and Dr. Hussein Rashid from Hofstra University.

The History Department looks forward to the Shvidler Chair installation on Monday, November 16  in the Corrigan Center on the 12th floor of Lowenstein at 5:30PM. Dr.Teter will present a lecture entitled  “Alienation to Integration: Rethinking Jewish History”.

Welcome to the History Department, Magda Teter!

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by | November 13, 2015 · 9:00 am

What do Historians do in the Summertime? Postcards from the History Faculty

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Many people unfamiliar with the world of scholarship assume that the summer break between the Spring and Fall semesters is a time for holidays and relaxation. But for historians, the respite from teaching and classes means that summer is often the time when research, writing conference going, and travel to archives, kicks into high gear. Here are some postcards from members of the Fordham faculty with news of their summer adventures. Continue reading

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