Lecture Archive

2020 Tobias Lectures with Moshe Halbertal (NYU & Hebrew University)

“The Biblical Book of Samuel and the Birth of Politics: Two Faces of Political Violence”
 Oct. 7, 2020

“Is a Jewish Democratic State Possible?”

Oct. 8, 2020

2019 Greenfield Summer Institute – Selected Lectures

Jonathan Z. S. Pollack (MATC and UW-Madison)

“Jewish Philanthropy at UW-Madison”


Jordan Rosenblum (UW-Madison)

“Business, Labor, and Social Justice in the Talmud”


Skye Doney (UW-Madison)

“The Mosse Family and German Jewish Philanthropy”

Marina Zilbergerts (UW-Madison)

“The Philanthropic Legacy of Moses Montefiore”


Tony Michels (UW-Madison)

“American Jews in the Shmateh Trade”


2017 Greenfield Summer Institute – Selected Lectures

Sunny Yudkoff (UW-Madison)
Audio recording

“Sick Jewish Writers: The Art and Science of Writing with Tuberculosis”


Jordan Ellenberg (UW-Madison)
Audio recording

“The Strange and Mathematically Troubling Story of the Torah Codes”

Selected Lectures, Academic Year 2016-17

Steven Zipperstein (Stanford)
Audio recording

“Pogrom: Kishinev and the tilt of history”
A lecture given as the 1026 Tobias Lecture


Roger Horowitz (Univ. of Delaware)
Audio recording

“Is Kosher a brand? Ruminations on the intersections of Jewish Law and the Secular Marketplace”).
A lecture given as the 2017 Kutler Lectures

Alisa Solomon (Columbia)
Audio recording

“From Folkshrayber to Broadway and Back: How Fiddler Became Folklore”
A lecture given at the Sholem Aleichem Conference (November 12-13, 2017)

2015 Greenfield Summer Institute - Selected Lectures

Eitan Kensky (Stanford)

“A Tale of Two Meyers: Notes on the Jew-Villain in America”


Nora Rubel (University of Rochester)

“Recipes for the Melting Pot: Reading The Settlement Cook Book”

Steve Stern (Skidmore College)

“Creative Amnesia, or the Persistence of Magic: On the Relationship Between Literature and Folklore in the Jewish Context”

Steven Nadler

“How to Read the Bible: Maimonides vs. Spinoza”