SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTSMarch 24, 2017 Engaged Debate on Human Dignity / The lecturers alsoinclude the constitutional lawyer Gertrude Lübbe-Wolff Wissenschaftlicher Diskurs: Aleida Assmann, Stephanie Arel, Anita von Poser, Ulrike Davy, Levi Cooper und Vanessa Hellmann (v. l.) im Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung.  | © Wolfgang Rudolf Matthias Bungeroth12.08.2016 | Stand 12.08.2016, 13:21 clock Bielefeld. In the…

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BLOG, PAPERSAugust 24, 2016 Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy, edited by Annemie Halsema and Fernanda Henriques, provides an implicit answer to the main dilemma of Feminist theories facing philosophical traditions. These didn’t pay enough attention to discrimination of women and to inequalities; should critical approaches prevail over a close exploration of classic and contemporary…

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BLOGMarch 24, 2017 The best sushi I ever tasted was handed to me fresh from the Sea of Galilee. I was the last customer at the restaurant when a fisherman brought it in. A Palestinian Christian waiter, the Jewish fisherman who caught the fish, and his Palestinian Muslim friend invited me—an Irish, Italian-American Catholic—to share…

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BLOGMarch 24, 2017 In light of the recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries —the desecration of Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia and the toppling of more than 150 gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Missouri — along with my reminiscing that a year ago today (March 1 as I am writing) I was en route to Jerusalem to work…

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTSMarch 24, 2017 Phase 2 – Tuesday, August 9, 2016 During the morning session, Aleida Assmann introduced the topic of empathy and the way it has interweaved in different fields and disciplines, spanning the humanities and neurobiology, and reaching from the social sciences to works of art. In the course of her presentation, Aleida differentiated between empathy…

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BLOGMarch 24, 2017 In the frenzied wave of responses to Trump’s most recent, and horrifying, decisions – reinstating the Mexico City Policy and the newly instated Immigration Ban –  I have experienced surges of anger, frustration, despair, concern, and hopelessness. My adrenaline has rushed – both as a result of notifications from the New York Times buzzing on my…

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EVENTSApril 9, 2018 2017 marked a year of revealing what was once concealed, a trend that has ongoing reverberations in current American culture. Things that once functioned repressed or hidden have come into view. Veiled transgressions, eclipsed by history, politics, and power have begun to play out visibly in the world. Confederate monuments, signifying for…

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BLOGMarch 24, 2017 On December 30, 2016, Katelyn Nicole Davis, a 12-year-old girl from Cedartown, Georgia filmed her suicide by hanging from a tree in her front yard. Recorded live, the video has gone viral. Alarmingly, a young girl’s succumbing to death logged on the Internet clamors recognition of an existence she felt helpless to…

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTSMarch 29, 2017 On Wednesday, March 22, I had the pleasure to speak at a conference on law, economics, and religion hosted jointly by Georgetown University Law Center and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Entitled “The Moral Economy,” the conference provided rich learning from an accomplished cast of rabbis, attorneys, and judges, including…

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