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Embodied Judaism Symposium - Freedom Seder: American Judaism and Social Justice
Start Date: 11/12/2015Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 11/12/2015End Time: 6:30 PM
Event Description:

The Program in Jewish Studies, University Libraries, and cosponsors are pleased to present the second biannual Embodied Judaism Symposium, Freedom Seder: American Judaism and Social Justice.

Embodied Judaism Symposium

Freedom Seder: American Judaism and Social Justice

Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 4:30PM - 6:30PM

British Studies Room in Norlin Library, CU-Boulder campus

Free and open to the public.

Space is limited. RSVPs required to

In April 1969, on the first anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jewish and African-American activists came together in Washington, D.C. to share a meal in solidarity, an event which came to be known as the Freedom Seder. Based on a text written by Arthur Waskow, this event would exert a long-lasting influence on American life, generating considerable controversy while also sparking new forms of political activism and religious practice across the ideological spectrum. The content, context, and legacy of this event will form the focus of this Embodied Judaism symposium.

The symposium will feature leading scholars and practitioners from across North America. Each will present on a different aspect of the Freedom Seder and its legacy and then lead the audience in an embodied experience. We are excited to welcome this year's presenters: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, one of the central figures behind the original Freedom Seder and the current director of the Shalom Center; Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, co-chair of the board of directors of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal and writer of the popular blog Velveteen Rabbi; Adam Bradley, Associate Professor of English and Founding Director of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture at CU-Boulder; and Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and the 2015 Jim and Diane Shneer Fellow in Post-Holocaust American Judaism.

In addition to the symposium, there will be a walk-through wall exhibit that explores the Freedom Seder and its legacy, along with the storied career of Rabbi Waskow. The exhibit will be located on the 2nd floor of Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder campus. It opens to the public in early November and will be formally launched at the symposium. It is available for viewing during regular library hours, which can be found at

The symposium and exhibit engage materials housed in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Archive, a collaborative project between the Libraries and CU-Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies.

For more information about this event, please visit or call 303.492.7143.

The symposium is presented by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies and University Libraries. This event is generously cosponsored by CU-Boulder’s Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of Women and Gender Studies. Special thank you to the Bender Family Foundation, the Jim and Diane Shneer Endowed Fellowship Fund, which supported Riv-Ellen Prell’s visit, and all donors to the Program in Jewish Studies for their support.

Location Information:
Main Campus - Norlin Library
1157 18TH ST
Boulder, CO
Room: 5th floor, Center for British and Irish Studies
Contact Information:
Name: Meghan Zibby
Phone: 303-492-7143
Email: Meghan.Zibby@Colorado.EDU
1969 Freedom Seder
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