Reading Faces, Saving Souls: Jews, Judaism and Physiognomy in the Eighteenth Century
Monday, February 4 at noon in Cramer Hall room 494
You are cordially invited to attend the following research talk by this candidate for the Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. This position will build strength in modern European Jewish history and culture. We encourage attendance by faculty and graduate students from all departments and disciplines.
Leah Hochman is Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, and received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2000. She is a specialist in modern Jewish thought and culture, as well as German-Jewish studies. She has been a Skirball Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, has participated in NEH summer seminars at St. Andrews University and Boston College, and was awarded the distinction of Educator of the Year at the University of
Florida. She has also organized several "Bridges of Understanding" programs in Germany.
She is currently revising for publication a book, /Mendelssohn's Ugly/, which examines the theological and philosophical conceptions of ugliness in European thought, using Moses Mendelssohn, the iconic Jewish philosopher of the eighteenth century, as a lens through which to see how the notion of ugliness is used to delineate and judge national characteristics and religious behaviors.