Jacob Perlow Series



Inhabiting/Excavating/Sustaining: Understanding This Place

Mount Sodom, Stephen Shore
Photo by Stephen Shore, Mount Sodom, 2009,
41 3/4 x 50 3/4 inches, chromogenic print

Paul Mendes-Flohr, Jodi Magness, and Michael Ben-Eli in conversation, presented by the Tang Museum and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs

Wednesday, March 7
7-9 PM, Tang Teaching Museum, Payne Room
Free and open to the public

This conversation brings together scholar Paul Mendes-Flohr, the Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought at the University of Chicago Divinity School; archaeologist Jodi Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at UNC-Chapel Hill; and international consultant Michael Ben-Eli, founder of the Sustainability Laboratory. Together they will lead a public conversation about “this place” through three interrelated lenses: the identities and communities that inhabit the land, understanding the land through its archaeology, and the complex environmental issues around sustaining the land.

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Gaga: The Movement Language of Physical Research

Maxim Waratt - Batsheva Dance Company
Photo by- Maxim Waratt
Dancers- Batsheva Dance Company
Friday, April 20
8:00 PM, Dance Theater
Saturday, April 21
2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Dance Theater

A residency based on campus-wide participation in Gaga, the language and exploration of physical research developed by the artistic director of Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin. Culminating in a performance of Naharin’s seminal work Echad Mi Yodea set on students of the Skidmore Dance Department, the Gaga residency is designed to facilitate a campus-wide physical dialogue surrounding themes in modern Israeli and Jewish culture such as identity, otherness, and humanity.

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 About the Jacob Perlow Series: A generous grant from the estate of Jacob Perlow - an immigrant to the United States in the 1920s, a successful business man deeply interested in religion and philosophy, and a man who was committed to furthering Jewish education - supports annual lectures and presentations to the College and Capital District community on issues broadly related to Jews and Judaism.