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Judaic Studies Hosts Conference Examining Jewish-Christian Relations
Author: Angela D. Abel (503-725-3773) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: May 18, 2006

The Center for Judaic Studies at Portland State is hosting an all-day conference, “Looking at Jewish-Christian Relations: Visual Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Europe,” Wednesday, May 31, 2006 from Noon–8 p.m., in the Smith Memorial Student Union, rm. 236 (1825 SW Broadway).

The conference will bring together scholars from Jewish Studies, History, English, Art History, and Spanish to discuss Jewish-Christian interactions and their representation in art, literature and film. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Michael Weingrad at 503-725-3085 or The conference is sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, Department of History, Department of English, and the Department of Art at Portland State University.

Lecture Topics and Times

“Jewish and Christian Practices and Polemics in Medieval Art,” by Marc Michael Epstein, professor of Religion and director of Jewish Studies at Vassar College. Epstein’s work marshalls the methodologies of art history and classical Jewish textual study. He is the author of numerous articles on various topics in Jewish art and has authored Dreams of Subversion in Medieval Jewish Art and Literature.

2:30–4 p.m.

“Jewish and Christian Young Women in Medieval France and Germany: The Roles of Class, Religion and Gender,” by Judith Baskin, director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and professor at the University of Oregon. Baskin is author of Pharaoh’s Counsellors and editor of Jewish Women in Historical Perspective.

4:15–5:45 p.m.
“Looking at Jewish-Christian Relations in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods: From Illuminated Manuscripts to The Merchant of Venice,” a panel discussion by Anat Gilboa and Amy Greendstadt of Portland State, and Kate Regan of the University of Portland.

7–8 p.m.

Film screening of “The Sephardic Legacy of Segovia, Spain: Pentimento of the Past,” followed by questions and answers with documentary filmmaker Kate Regan. The film looks at the recovery and restoration of the medieval Jewish quarter of Segovia, Spain. It provides an introduction to the Sephardic Jewish community of Segovia and the work being done to retrieve the history of this community, a history that was buried and forgotten after the edict of expulsion of 1492.

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For Immediate Release (#06-082)

Source: Michael Weingrad (503-725-3085)
College of Urban Studies and Public Affairs