The Jewish Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, with the generous support of The Joseph and Eda Pell Endowed Fund for Holocaust Studies, proudly sponsors the Fall 2004 Pell Lecture Series.

Professor Steven Aschheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Beyond Borders: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad

As time recedes, the interest and influence of a number of Weimar German-Jewish intellectuals becomes, surprisingly, ever greater. This series will examine their resonance outside their German borders: in an attempt to recast Zionism and humanize nationalism; in creation of a new kind of cultural and intellectual history able to grasp National Socialism; and in the crucial ways they have made their mark upon Anglo-American culture. The series will analyze the fate of these intellectuals and their thought both beyond their own literal borders (whether in voluntary or forced exile) and the ways in which at the same time their sensibilities have questioned, and often subverted, conventional cognitive ad conceptual boundaries.

  • Monday, 4:00 p.m., October 4, 2004: Bildung in Palestine: Zionism, Bi-Nationalism and the Strains of German-Jewish Humanism
  • Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., October 5, 2004: The Tensions of Historical Wissenschaft: The Émigré Historians and the Making of German Cultural History
  • Monday, 4:00 p.m., October 11, 2004: Icons Beyond the Border: Why do we Love/(Hate) Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, Leo Strauss??