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Synagogue Scholars & Authors Series 2018 - 2019

The 2018- 2019 Synagogue Scholars & Authors Series schedule is below. All programs begin at 7:30pm in Zimmerman Hall and refreshments will be served. Register at this link.

Wednesday, October 10 

Shari Rabin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, College of Charleston

Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America

Wednesday, November 28 

Shana Tabak, JD, LLM Visiting Scholar at Emory Law School and Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, Atlanta Office

Immigrants, Asylum-seekers, and Refugees: Should All Wanderers be Protected by Law?

Despite the non-stop debate surrounding the role of immigrants in the news, immigration and refugee law are complex topics largely misunderstood by the public.  This conversation seeks to engage the Shearith Israel community to consider how scholarship in history and legal studies can deepen our understanding of immigration dominating the headlines.  First, the talk will examine how the modern day obligation to protect certain classes of refugees was affected by the Jewish experience -- not only was it drafted in response to the Jewish genocide in WWII, but also intellectually influenced by Jewish thinkers such as Hannah Arendt and Raphael Lemkin.  Although modern-day refugee protections were inspired by the world’s quest to never-again witness the horrors of the Holocaust, we will explore some of the shortcomings of the 1951 Refugee Convention, especially as they relate to protection of certain groups of people fleeing harm in today’s modern world.  Second, building on this historical grounding, we will explore critical differences in legal positioning between refugees and immigrants. For example, why are so many refugees living legally in Clarkston, while other refugees are living in immigration detention centers awaiting asylum hearings before immigration judges?   Finally, we’ll build on these historical and legal perspectives to explore how they inform modern day issues in the news, including family separation, immigration detention, and asylum seekers attempting to gain protection under U.S. law.

Wednesday, December 19

Harvey Brightman, PhD Regents Professor Emeritus of Managerial Sciences at Georgia State University 

Why Dr. Johnny can’t teach and Student Jimmie can’t learn


Wednesday, January 9

Michael Miller, PhD Associate Professor in the Practice of Information Systems & Operations Management, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Game Theory in the Garden of Eden


Wednesday, February 6

Jennifer Hirsch, PhD Applied Cultural Anthropologist; Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Tech

Sustainability - What's Equity Got to Do with It?


Wednesday, March 27

David Howard, PhD Professor, Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Balancing Innovation and Cost Control in Medicine


Wednesday, April 10

Louis-Alexandre (Alex) Berg, PhD Asst Professor, Global Studies Inst., Political Science, GA State Univ.


Building Peace after Civil War




Wednesday, May 15

Michael Robinowitz, MD Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Piedmont Healthcare


Torah & Wound Care Bandaids shmandaids: Honey, everything you know about treating wounds is wrong!

Sat, November 17 2018 9 Kislev 5779