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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 p.m., Tang Teaching Museum, Payne Room
Free and open to the publi

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 p.m., Dance Theater
Saturday, April 21
2 and 8 p.m., Dance Theater

A residency based on campuswide 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 campuswide 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 businessman 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.