Jewish Icons of Modernity: Spinoza, Da Costa, Jesus and Herzl // Public Lecture

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Date(s) - 14/09/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Caulfield Campus, H116, Monash University


This lectures will consider the themes represented by two Amsterdam Jews, Uriel Da Costa and Benedictus Spinoza, who emerged in the artistic imagination as forerunners of a cultural vision that heralded acculturation in opposition to rabbinic authority. Their images and encounters with the clerical authorities were appropriated as exemplars of non-traditional forms of expression and as representatives of alternative directions in Jewish life.

Professor Richard I. Cohen is the academic director of the Israel Center of Research Excellence (ICore) for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World. Cohen’s research has focused on the history of Jews in western and central Europe and on the interrelationship between art and society in the modern period.

Admission free; No prior bookings