David Biale: “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought”


March 10, 2010 | 5:00-7:00 PM | Free & Open to the Public
Cowell College, Room 131, UC Santa Cruz
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David Biale, the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis, will deliver a public lecture entitled: “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought.” Professor Biale will discuss Zionism as a movement of Jewish secularism and its roots in the tradition of Jewish secular thought going back to Spinoza.

David Biale was educated at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, the Hebrew University and UCLA, where he received his PhD in History. From 1986 to 1999, he served as Koret Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. During the same period he also served as adjunct professor in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and History at UC Berkeley. In 1999, he was appointed Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History in the Department of History of University of California Davis. He has also been visiting professor at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, Haifa University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lady Davis Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research council.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies. Support provided by the David B. Gold Foundation. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

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