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Presentations

Food for Thought: Dov Weiss and Alyssa Prorok

Monday, November 29th, 2021
Dov Weiss
Alyssa Prorok
11:00am-1:00pm

ZOOM EVENT - Registration link in the description

Event Description

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Food for Thought: A new Center for Advanced Study public events series featuring presentations of research and creative projects by recent CAS Associates and Fellows.

This informal series includes talks that were canceled after campus shut down in Spring 2020. With the possibility of in-person events once again, we are delighted to showcase the work of some of our most productive and creative faculty in a series of intellectually and spiritually invigorating presentations. You are invited to drop in when you can and enjoy a bite to eat while you learn about the exciting projects undertaken by our faculty. A brunch buffet will be provided at all in-person events.

11:00am, Dov Weiss, Rabbinic Inferno: Hell in Classical Judaism

In the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform, the leading rabbis of American Reform Judaism declared that “we reject as ideas not rooted in Judaism, the belief … [in] Gehenna (Hell).” Arguing that this claim misrepresents the history of Judaism, this talk will examine ancient Jewish discourse about Gehenna to unearth the distinctive values, aesthetics, fantasies, and hopes found within classical Jewish culture. Without such an analysis, one’s understanding of Judaism remains incomplete.

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Noon, Alyssa Prorok, Tracking Cooperation in Civil Conflict: Building the Cooperation in Civil Conflict Dataset

Civil conflict is generally thought of as a dynamic process of repeated violent interactions between government and rebel combatants, yet cooperation between combatants is also quite common during civil wars. This talk examines the evolution of cooperation in the context of violent civil conflicts. It introduces a novel dataset capturing cooperation between combatants and discusses implications of these new data for our understanding of the dynamics and resolution of civil wars. 

Dov Weiss

CAS Associate 2020-21
Religion

Alyssa Prorok

CAS Fellow 2020-21
Political Science