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

Date/Time: Thu 14 Sep / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room H1.16, Building H, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield Campus

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC)

Public Lecture 

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

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.


Thursday 14th September

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Monash University
H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield Campus

For more information, please contact Helen Midler on 9903 5016.

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