Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
Organization:
Jewish Studies Program at University of Pennsylvania
Cost:
Free and open to public. No RSVP necessary.
Location:
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 241 (Class of '55 Seminar Room)
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia  Pennsylvania  19104
United States
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Welcome to the Jewish Studies program at Penn! Our program reflects the full range and diverse dimensions of the Jewish experience as well as different approaches to studying Jewish life and culture.

"The Legacy of Russian Humanities: From the Perspective of a Professor of Jewish Studies"

January 30, 2013 5:00 PM

Guest speaker, Arkady Kovelman (Professor of Talmud at the Moscow State University)

The Brezhnev period—usually labeled as the Stagnation period—witnessed, paradoxically, the popularity and flourishing of the humanities in the Soviet Union in which the interpretation of culture effectively served the role of a counter-culture and through which humanities scholars used “doublespeak” to “expound” upon classical texts. “Philology” (which united literary criticism with history and philosophy) mutated into secular religion. In the Post-Soviet era, the scholars who began the new centers and departments of Jewish Studies in Russian universities were primarily Classicists and Hebraists who had been educated outside the borders of traditional Jewish learning, but they combined their newly acquired qualifications with the subversive legacy of the humanities as it had developed in the Soviet era. That legacy included not just perverted “Marxism” but a synthesis of neo-Kantianism andneo-Hegelianism, which makes Russian Jewish Studies unique in understanding the development of Jewish civilization.

Please bring a photo I.D. to enter the library.

Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Jewish Studies Program Kutchin Seminar Series, the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations department, and the Slavic Languages and Literatures department.

Questions? Call 215-898-6654 or E-mail jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu

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