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Date:Sunday, March 17, 2019

Time: 11:15am

Jewish Graffiti in the Ancient World

Speaker: Professor Karen Stern

 

What was it like to be a Jew in the Roman Empire?

Archaeologist and Brooklyn College Professor Karen Stern will present evidence of Jewish life as revealed in inscriptions found in tombs, theaters and synagogues to provide a picture of how Jews lived under Roman domination.

In her new book Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity, Stern explores the spontaneous religious and secular expressions of a community, highlighting the importance of recent discoveries to our understanding of Jewish identity in Roman times and Jews’ relationships with their non-Jewish neighbors.

Dr Stern teaches courses on Mediterranean cultural history and Jewish culture in the Greek and Roman worlds.  She has conducted field research in Jordan, Israel and Greece and served as a research fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, the Getty Villa and Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.  Her book is published by Princeton University Press, and her work has been featured in various media, including NPR, the Daily Beast, the Guardian, Haaretz, and Chinese CCTV.

This FREE lecture is sponsored by CBI's Cultural Programming committee.

Refreshments will be served.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

Kindly RSVP to Emilie Kovit-Meyer: Emilie.kovit-meyer@cbirumson.org