Moments of Enlightenment: German Jewish Interactions Symposium in Honor of Jonathan Hess

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:00pm

Moments of Enlightenment: German Jewish Interactions Symposium in Honor of Jonathan Hess

One way to encounter misrepresentations and stereotypes—and to understand its meaning—is to study history and culture. This was one of the scholarly goals of the late Jonathan M. Hess, who led the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies for its first 10 years, and later served as department chair of the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures. The Center is co-organizing, in collaboration with the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures, a symposium honoring Jonathan M. Hess and his work. The symposium will capture the breadth and depth of his scholarship and teaching under the title: Moments of Enlightenment: German Jewish Interactions from the 18th Century to the Present and it will take place in Chapel Hill, April 13-15, 2019. This three day conference brings together colleagues and collaborators, as well as former students, of Jonathan Hess. The event is open to the public, no tickets or reservations required.

Saturday night, the conference opens with a keynote address by Martha Helfer, of Rutgers University, titled: Maurice Sendak’s Dear Mili: A Contrapuntal Elegy. The next day is a full day of talks and roundtable discussions, which continue Monday morning. Nearly 50 colleagues and former students are scheduled to participate in the conference.

Event schedule, venues, and other details:
https://jewishstudies.unc.edu/event/moments-of-enlightenment-german-jewish-interactions/

Enlightenment