Norman E. Alexander Lectures

In 2008, The Columbia University Libraries received a gift of $4 million to establish the Norman E. Alexander Library for Jewish Studies which included three new endowments: a Jewish Studies Librarian, the General Jewish Studies Collection and the Special Collections in Judaica.  In gratitude for this generous gift, the Columbia University Libraries established the Annual Norman E. Alexender Lectures in Jewish Studies.

We are pleased to announce that on November 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Professor David Ruderman (University of Pennsylvania) will give the 5th annual Norman E. Alexander Lecture in Jewish Studies on:

"Missionaries, Meshumadim, and Maskilim: An Entangled History of Christians, Jews and Those In Between in Nineteenth-Century Europe"

The lecture will take place at the Social Hall of Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway).

Past Lectures

2014: James Kugel, "Behind the Biblical Story of Joseph, or: The Divine Travel Agent"

Alexander Lecture 2

2013:  Neal Gabler, "How (and Why) the Jews Invented Hollywood"

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2012: Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, "Father's Court and Mother's Sabbaths: Fiction in Service of Truth that is Greater than Fiction"

Alexander Lecture 2012 - Poster

2011: Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, "General Grant and the Jews"

Alexander Lecture 2011 - Poster