[email protected] is an interactive experience with our global Gratz community of adult learners and faculty. Each month, a Gratz College faculty member will present a webinar on a topic of his or her expertise. Tune in and participate LIVE. Submit your questions. Chat with other participants. The speaker will answer as many questions as possible.
If you're unavailable on the evening of one of the webinars, watch the recorded session at your convenience. It will be available for 30 days after the lecture airs.
All that is needed to participate is an active email address, internet access, and a basic familiarity with computers.
$79 for a 6-month subscription
For questions or more information, please contact Lori Cohen at 215-635-7300 x182.
[email protected] WINTER-SUMMER 2019 SUBSCRIPTION SERIES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 8:00-9:00 PM EST
Poland - No Country for the Jews?
Monika Rice, Ph.D.
Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs, Gratz College
This presentation will discuss social changes in Poland under the increasingly populist regime of the Law and Justice party. It will outline the situation of Jews and foreigners in Polish society and their representation in popular media, and will address the growing antisemitic climate affecting Poland’s coming to terms with its “dark past.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
Re-igniting the Spark of Conversation
Dave Malter, M.A.
Director of Camp Administration and Leadership, Gratz College
While technology has helped us in many ways as a society, its effects are increasingly prevalent on the ability of people to connect face-to-face. This learning opportunity will discuss the challenges technology faces and how we can encourage more positive "real life" connections in our workplaces and everyday lives.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
Appreciating the Sistine Chapel
Ruth Sandberg, Ph.D.
Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, Director, Jewish-Christian Studies Program,
Most people assume that the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is the epitome of Christian art, but in reality Michelangelo included many Jewish images and symbols within his work. There are many figures and events from the Hebrew Bible depicted, including dramatic representations of the Biblical prophets. But there are also hidden images and symbols that express Michelangelo’s interest in Judaism and its enduring legacy. We will uncover some of these secrets in this presentation.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
Right Bible, Left Bible: Two Approaches to the Bible in the Contemporary Jewish Community
Joseph M. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Gratz College
In this webinar, Joseph Davis, an expert on the Bible in Judaism, will discuss the contrasting approaches of conservative and progressive Jews today. One sometimes hears that the Orthodox Jews and political conservatives interpret the Bible literally, whereas progressive Jews approach it non-literally. This is not really true. Each side has a more complex and in the end more interesting approach to the question of the Bible and its meaning today.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
English: Past, Present and Future Intense
Dina Maiben, M.A.J.S.
Hebrew Program Director, Assistant Director, Gratz Advance,
Director, JCHS & JOLT, Gratz College
The English language has changed considerably over the past fourteen centuries—just try reading Chaucer in the original (let alone Beowulf)! In this webinar, Gratz College’s “resident linguist” will discuss some of the forces that cause languages to change and how these forces have shaped English historically. We will then look at some of the changes currently underway.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
Baseball and the Rule of Law
Paul Finkelman, Ph.D.
President, Gratz College
This webinar connects two of America’s favorite pastimes: baseball and law. Americans watch hours of baseball and many more hours of law programs. We have ESPN and also Court TV. Paul Finkelman was the main expert witness in the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds 73rd home run ball. He has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, and China, on issues surrounding baseball and US law. Learn how the world’s most litigious and legalistic culture has shaped our national sport. Even the terminology of baseball connects to law: “stealing” a base; or the “hit and run.” Similarly, American law borrows from baseball, with phrases like “three strikes and you're out,” being imported into our criminal laws. You don’t need to know anything about law to appreciate this webinar, but it helps to know a little about baseball.