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The Jews of Britain: A Complicated History

Though Jews have been part of British society since the 11th century, that long relationship was often a troubled one. Historian Virginia W. Newmyer surveys a cultural and religious history in which achievement and acceptance prevailed over suspicion and ignorance.

Date of event
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Death and Beyond: Comparative Reflections on World Religious Traditions

Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world.  Explore differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives.

Date of event
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Mario Livio: Is God a Mathematician?

In a fascinating evening, internationally known astrophysicist Mario Livio explores why mathematics is as powerful as it is in terms of explaining the cosmos.  He also tells fascinating stories and insights of renowned mathematicians who have shaped our ideas about mathematics and the philosophy of mathematics.

Date of event
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Buone Feste: How Italy Celebrates Christmas

Fred Plotkin, an expert on everything Italian, celebrates the festivities, food, and secular and religious traditions that make Christmas in Italy a magical month-long experience.

Date of event
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.