Coronado Lectures

2016-2017 Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series

ALL LECTURES ARE FREE
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
More info: 858.362.1154

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Upcoming Lectures

The Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha

Lecturer: Noah Hadas

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

By the first century of the Common Era, the first two section of today's Tanahh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate in the Jewish community, however, about which other books were "holy" and deserved to be included in he canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tahakh, the "writings". The books that were excluded were hidden away and declared "forbidden" to Jews. Today these banned works are called the Apocrypha. We will discuss such questions as "Which books are included in the Apocrypha, Who wrote them and for what audience? If they were hidden away, how did they survive to today? Why were they Forbidden in the first place? and Lastly, are they worth reading today?"

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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The U.S., The Middle East and Israel: Engagement or Further Retreat?

Lecturer: Professor Sanford Lakoff

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

Now that a new President is about to take office, we will soon see whether the change of administrations will be reflected in our foreign policy -- especially toward the Middle East. Under the "Obama Doctrine," the U.S. sought to minimize its role in this volatile region, so as not to repeat the bad experience of its predecessor's intervention in Iraq. But the instability in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the refugee crisis in the region and in Europe, the spreading threat of jihadi terrorism, the persistent hegemonic drive of Iran, and the Russian support for the Assad regime, all pose grave threats to our national interests and those of our allies. One of those allies, Israel, sits in the eye of the storm, menaced from all sides. Could the instability be exploited to encourage a renewal of the peace process, coupled with a realignment in which Israel will be accepted by the key Arab states as a partner in regional security? Or will we move toward isolationism? In this talk, the prospects will be examined.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Art History: A Journey into Pablo Picasso's Art Through his Personal Life

Lecturer: Guri Stark

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

In this lecture we will discuss Picasso's life, why he is considered the most important artist of the 20th century, his many different styles, and the influence his many women had on his art. We will discuss and compare the most important art styles of the 19th and 20th century, including: impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, expressionism, neo-expressionism, and abstract art. Along with that, we will review key historical events that influenced Europe in the 20th century and their impact on Picasso's art, including World War I, Civil War in Spain, Russian Revolution, Armenian genocide, World War II and more. Come join us for a fascinating evening of art and history and put all of the above in perspective. Guri Stark is an Artist, Author, Lecturer.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things Change, The More they Stay the Same

Lecturer: Professor Rebecca Moore

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

In response to heightened Christian oppression in the European Middle Ages, Jews developed a variety of types of polemical literature to contend against Christianity and for Judaism: folk tales, legends, biblical commentary, and more. This lecture explores some of the exegetical, historical, and philosophical arguments from those medieval texts that are found in today’s Jewish polemical writings. It also considers the ways in which polemic has changed, thanks, paradoxically, to developments in nineteenth-century Christian theology and to contemporary Jewish debates about the nature of early Judaism.

Rebecca Moore is Emerita Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has written and published on the history of Jewish and Christian dialogue. Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor (1998) and A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (2007) address two of these topics. Currently she is researching modern Jewish interpretations of the New Testament.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Virtual Wars: How Israelis and Palestinians Use New Media in an Old Conflict

Lecturer: Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

The internet, consisting of media such as social networks and Youtube, serve as a digital battlefield between Israelis and Palestinians. This lecture examines how this conflict has evolved since the rise of the internet, how it has transformed this conflict, as well as how it allows the outsiders to participate in this cyber battle.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Journey into Jewish Meditation

Lecturer: Alison Laichter

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

Judaism has a very long history of meditation and contemplative practice as a way to cultivate compassion, personal transformation, and connection. This session will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, short exercises, Q & (maybe) A, and discussion. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, and contemplative practice.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Witnessing Atrocity: Survivor Testimony in the Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt 1963-65

Lecturer: Dr. Susan Hillman

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

The Auschwitz Trial was the biggest and most important postwar trial in West Germany. For the first time, Holocaust survivors and witnesses faced their tormentors in the homeland of the perpetrators. What were the legal parameters of this historic attempt to confront the atrocities of Auschwitz? And how did the witnesses experience this encounter?

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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