Greenberg Middle East Scholar-In-Residence
Greenberg Scholar In Residence Title

Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence 2016 Lecture 


Researching and Narrating Morocco's Jewish Community

A lecture by Orit Ouaknine-Yekutieli, 2016 Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence with
Yigal S. Nizri, Department for the Study of Religion & Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

Monday, September 26
7 PM, Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore College
Admission is free and open to the public

In some ways 'Moroccan Jewry' no longer exists. The overwhelming majority of the Jewish community left Morocco about 60 years ago, becoming scattered diasporic communities. Yet 'Moroccan Jewry' did not become an anachronistic category and it is still a meaningful, emotive, and sometimes contentious area of cultural and intellectual production in Israel, Morocco, and to a lesser degree also in France and Canada. Spatial separations, political confrontations, and methodological and disciplinary differences have atomized the historiographies about the Moroccan Jewry, creating epistemological islands.
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Yuval Yekutieli
Yuval Yekutieli

Solving a 6,000 Year Old Murder Mystery

A lecture by Yuval Yekutieli, Department of Bible, Archaeology, and the Ancient Near East at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Thursday, October 6
7 PM, Davis Auditorium, Skidmore College
Admission is free and open to the public

During an archaeological survey in the Judean Desert in the early 1960s, skeletons of 21 people were found in three caves located on a cliff towering above the canyon of Nahal Mishmar. The forensic report indicated that these ancient people suffered brutal blows before dying. The lecture will attempt to solve the riddle of their tragic death, locating it within a broader context of a theological upheaval shrouded in an even greater mystery.
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The Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence Series is made possible by a gift from Jane Greenberg ‘81. The series enables the college to host an Israeli scholar who through teaching, lecturing and participating in campus life, educates the community on a range of topics concerning political life in the Middle East.