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Inaugural Jewish Studies Colloquium with Jewish Folklore Expert, Dr. Howard Schwartz
Start Date: 9/6/2012Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/6/2012End Time: 6:00 PM
Event Description:
The Program in Jewish Studies begins their brand new colloquium for CU's Jewish Studies community with special guest and visiting professor Howard Schwartz with his lecture "How the Ari Created a Myth and Transformed Judaism."  Please join us on Thursday, September 6 at 4PM. Space is limited and RSVP's are required for participation.  Please email to RSVP and receive readings and location or call 303.492.7143.


While most modern Jews interpret the term tikkum olam - meaning "repair of the world" - as a synonym for social action, what they don't know is that this idea is rooted in the last great myth infused into Jewish tradition, the creation of the renowned 16th century Jewish mystic, Rabbi Isaac Luria of Safed, known as the Ari. This lecture presents the myth of the Ari and its implications and demonstrates how it was created out of existing rabbinic and kabbalistic traditions.

Howard Schwartz, a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the editor of four collections of Jewish folklore: Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural and Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales.  He is also the author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 2005. His most recent book, Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. He is also the editor of ten children's books, including Next Year in Jerusalem (National Jewish Book Award and Aesop Prize 1994), The Day the Rabbi Disappeared (National Jewish Book Award and Aesop Prize 2000), and Before You Were Born (Koret Prize 2005).
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Jewish Folklore Expert, Professor Howard Schwartz
This event is open to
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Graduate Students
  • Alumni
  • Ticket information:
    RSVP's are required to obtain location of event and advance readings. Please contact or call 303.492.7143.

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