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2010 Conferences and Events

2010 Events

Overcoming Life's Disappointments: A Discussion with Rabbi Harold Kushner

November 10, 2010

Harold Kushner lecture - Pepperdine University

Rabbi Harold Kushner is perhaps best known for his internationally-acclaimed work, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. First published in 1981, this book has been translated into fourteen languages and was recently selected by members of the Book of the Month Club as one of the ten most influential books of recent years. Since then, he has written six other New York Times best-sellers and spoken nationwide on topics that remain relevant today. On November 10, 2010, the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies was honored to host Rabbi Harold Kushner for a discussion of his more recent work, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. Rabbi Kushner catered to the needs and concerns of Pepperdine's student body, discussing how we should define success and overcome rejection and disappointment. Rabbi Kushner has been honored by the Christophers, a Roman Catholic organization, as one of fifty people who have made the world a better place in the last fifty years and has twice been nominated for the Templeton Prize, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Religion.


"Jesus the Mohel: Paul's View of Circumcision Reconsidered"
A Lecture by Professor Joshua Garroway

November 17, 2010

Joshua Garroway lecture - Pepperdine University

In conjunction with Kindy DeLong's New Testament courses, the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies hosted Professor Joshua Garroway on November 17th, 2010 to lead a discussion on Paul's connection to Jewish tradition. His lecture delved into New and Old Testament scripture, tradition, and culture to reassess Paul's perspective on Jewish law, as seen through his reaction to Christian circumcision.

Dr. Garroway is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Second Commonwealth Judaism at Hebrew Union College. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, Dr. Garroway completed his rabbinical studies at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati and his doctorate in New Testament studies at Yale. His dissertation, entitled "Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both: Paul's 'Christians' as 'Gentile-Jews,'" explores the ways in which Paul's epistle to the Romans constructs Jewish identity, and the role this played in the ensuing emergence of Christianity. Dr. Garroway's scholarly interests include Jewish identity in the ancient world, the origins of Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations in late antiquity, and postmodern historiography. Joshua is a native of Rochester, NY.

The Last Survivor Screening
November 1, 2010

The Last Survivor movie poster - Pepperdine University

The Glazer Institute was honored to co-sponsor the second film screening in the Fall of 2010 with the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture through Craig Detweiler’s class “A Social Scientific Perspective on Film.” On Monday, November 1st, the Glazer Institute presented the award-winning documentary, THE LAST SURVIVOR in Pepperdine University’s Elkins Auditorium.

THE LAST SURVIVOR offers hopeful, poignant, and inspiring portraits of four survivors active in the anti-genocide movement. Drawing upon firsthand experiences in Auschwitz, Rwanda, the Congo, and Darfur, THE LAST SURVIVOR offers lessons from history as a means to avert future atrocities.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, filmmakers Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman traveled to five countries across four continents to gather the moving stories of The Last Survivor and compile it into an award-winning documentary. Both directors joined us for a special post-screening discussion.

“The documentaries we have watched put a lot of weight on the shoulders of youth to somehow go out and make a difference and spread awareness for the tragedies that still go on today. I believe that a main goal of this and the other documentaries is to inspire those who watch it to take action on many levels in order to make sure that the destructive parts of history do not repeat themselves.”—Kara, a Seaver College Student and viewer of The Last Survivor

A Film Unfinished Screening
October 18, 2010

A Film Unfinished movie scene - Pepperdine University

Presented in coordination with the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, The Glazer Institute screened A FILM UNFINISHED on October 18, 2010 in Professor Craig Detweiler's course on a Social Scientific Perspective on Film. A FILM UNFINISHED is one of the most acclaimed films of the year and a strong contender for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. For years, historians seeking to understand conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto used footage shot by the Nazis in 1942 as a resource. But what happens when a long missing reel, containing multiple takes of scenes, is discovered? A FILM UNFINISHED presents this raw footage in its entirety, revealing fictionalized sequences falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish families. Israeli filmmaker Yael Hersonski probes deep into the making of Nazi propaganda. Special guest respondents included Dr. Michael Berenbaum from the American Jewish University in LA and Dania Berman, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.

"The screening of “A Film Unfinished”...was absolutely perfect for my students. We had just spend two class periods talking about Holocaust representation and memory, and all the problems inherent in even knowing what happened. The discussion at the end of the film between a survivor and a historian reinforced just about every issue we had been discussing. What made it so valuable, in fact, was that they were both there together. In fact, one of my students said on the mid-semester evaluation that their discussion was the most valuable aspect of the course so far." -Sharyl Corrado, Seaver College faculty member

8th National Jewish Law Students Association Conference

February 14, 2010

As Alan Dershowitz remarked in his keynote address on February 14, 2010, "There is no more important organization than Jewish Law Student organizations." This idea was both the motivation for and the model behind the commencement of the 8th National Jewish Law Students Association Conference. For a full day of panels and an evening banquet at the Museum of Tolerance, Jewish law school students from around the nation joined Pepperdine University students and community members to discuss the impact of Judaism on law on both international and domestic planes. Discussions featured noted academic and legal speakers from around the world, and fostered further dialogue on the role of Israel in the world, the growth of a Jewish presence in the legal community, and the need for socially-moral Jewish leaders to continue defending those in need. Learn more about the conference.

8th National Jewish Law Students Association Conference ad - Pepperdine University

Classroom Lectures

In the spring of 2010, Professor Golbert gave a guest lecture on Politics and Judaism in Chris Soper's class on Religion and Politics and a guest lecture on Culture and Mediation in Professor Robert Lloyd's class on International Conflict Resolution. Rabbi Judith HaLevy of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue came to speak in Professor Golbert's first-year seminar about Judaism, Purim, and the experience of being a female rabbi. Finally, distinguished professor John Roth gave two guest lectures later in the semester. The lunchtime talk (sponsored by ISL and the Glazer Institute) was titled "The Right Side of History? Mass Atrocity Crimes and Their Prevention." Professor Roth then gave an afternoon talk in Payson Library (sponsored by Payson Library and the Glazer Institute) as part of the Kresge Room Series. The afternoon talk was titled "Is God 'Dead'? Some Aftereffects and Aftershocks of the Holocaust."