Undergraduate Judaic Studies Conference 2020, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard College (February 16th, 2020).

9:00-9:30 AM: Breakfast

9:30-9:45 AM: Opening Remarks: Pammy Brenner, Conference Chair

9:45-11:00 AM: Session 1: Harlots and Heroines: Biblical and Contemporary Jewish Women

Sophia Jones, “Rediscovering the Qedesa: Beyond the Cult Prostitute Model” (Macalester College)

Brit Zak, “Victim or Martyr: Exegetical Context for Abelard’s ‘Planctus Virginum Israel'” (Barnard College)

Bella Silverman, “The Breeders of Inferiority: An Analysis of Jewish Women in Nazi Concentration Camps and Ghettos” (McGill University)

11:00-11:15 AM: Break

11:15 AM-12:30 PM: Session 2: Jewish Life in Spain, North Africa and the Middle East

Rami Teeter, “The Purims of Cairo and Candia and Ritual Invention in the Early Modern World” (Oberlin College)

Ella Weiner, “Muslim Influence on Jews in the Cordoba Caliphate Through the Lens of Queer Poetry” (Barnard College)

Leah Smith, “‘Those People Who Are Judges’: Ottoman Jewish Responsa as a Site of Engagement” (Yale University)

12:30-2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00-3:15 PM: Session 3: Aesthetics and Beauty in the Modern Era

Max Lent, “770 Eastern Parkway: The Facade Around the World” (Harvard University)

Seth Eislund, “The Rzeszow Menorah: Examining the Double-Headed Eagle in Jewish Ritual Art” (Carleton College)

Hani Abramson, “The Fairest Jewess of Them All: Miss Judaea of 1929 — Oriental Beauty, Zionism and the Creation of the New Polish-Jewish Woman” (McGill University)

3:15-3:30 PM: Break

3:30-4:45 PM: Session 4: The Jew and the Gentile

Jonah Gelfand, “The Rebbe and the Guru: Relationality in Devotional Practices” (Oberlin College)

Kate Reeve, “‘Merely Actors in Their Dreams’: The Role of the Jew in Christian Zionism” (University of Toronto)

Samson Goldberg, “From Peshat to the Literal Sense: Rashi’s Role and Influence in the Development of the Protestant Literal Sense” (Binghamton University)

4:45-5:00 PM: Break

5:00-6:00 PM: Keynote: Professor Ross Brann, “Without al-Andalus There Would Be No Sefarad”

6:30 PM: Dinner for Conference Presenters and Organizers