Upcoming Programs & Events

Friday, July 29, 2016 -
9:00am to 11:00am

New England Holocaust Educators Network Satellite Seminar

Please e-mail lcurtis@complit.umass.edu for more information.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 5:00pm

"The Making of the Secular Witness, 1921 to the Present"

Carolyn J. Dean is Charles J. Stille Professor of History and French
at Yale University and the author of five books, most recently Aversion
and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust (Cornell, 2010).

Lecture and Reception to Follow.  More information is forthcoming.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 5:00pm

Anna Shternshis and Psoy Korolenko

Concert and lecture co-sponsored with the National Yiddish Book Center, to take place in the concert hall of the NYBC.  

Event title pending.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:00pm

"In Those Nightmarish Days: Ghetto Reportage as Witnessing"

Samuel Kassow

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Mitch Duneier

Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea

Information is forthcoming.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

"Musar after the Holocaust: Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler and the Rebuilding of Jewish Pietism"

R. Eliyahu Dessler (d.1953) was arguably the most prominent proponent of the classical musar tradition to survive the Holocaust. He spent the war years in England where he moved from Lithuania to accompany his father for medical treatment. During the inter-war years, Dessler served as a dean of the Manchester Yeshiva where he trained many boys and young men who were part of the Kindertransports. After the war he immigrated to Mandate Palestine where he served as a spiritual mentor of the Ponovitsch Yeshiva in Bnei Brak until his death in 1953. This lecture will explore Dessler’s teachings, collected in the 5 volume Mikhtav M’Eliyahu, as an example of one who sought to reconstruct the ideology of musar with emphasis on its teachings as a response to the Holocaust. While not normally thought of as a post-Holocaust thinker, I will argue that Dessler’s musar is not simply a reiteration of pre-war musar but is a tool to teach his readers how to react to the theological challenges of the Holocaust.


Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schotenstein Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University. He is also a Kogod Senior Research Fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute in NYC. His work deals with the tradition and Jewish theology and philosophy from the early modern period to the present. His most recent book is *Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism* published with Stanford University Press. His forthcoming book *The Jewish Jesus of Volozhin: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik's Commentary to the New testament* will be published by Yale University Press.