Rosen Lectures Series & Artist in Residence

Rosen Artist in Residence

Diego Rotman

Jewish Studies is delighted to continue the appointment of Diego Rotman as the Regina Rosen Artist in Residence in Jewish and Cultural Studies. Dr. Rotman is an assistant professor at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and is artistic director of the Mamuta Art and Research Center. His work draws out the dialogical relationship between modern Hebrew culture and Yiddish culture as reflected in the discourse on Yiddish theater and drama in the State of Israel between 1948 and 2003, and specifically in the political satire of the Yiddish comedians Shimen Dzigan and Isroel Shumacher. His artistic and curatorial practice, developed together with Lea Mauas as part of the Sala-manca group over the past eighteen years, explores notions of home, identity, and territory. He co-edited with Lea Mauas the volume The Ethnographic Department of the Museum of the Contemporary, published in Hebrew in 2017 by the Underground Academy Press. His book, The Stage as a Temporary Home: On Dzigan and Schumacher’s Theatre (1927-1980) was published in 2017 in Hebrew by Magnes University Press. While at Queen’s, Dr. Rotman hosted a series of events and taught a course on Jewish Theatre in Europe.

Rosen Lectures Series

Mr. Irving Rosen and Mrs. Regina Rosen (Arts 1980) have undertaken to endow a permanent lecture series in Jewish Studies at Queen's University. The purpose of the series is to enable the wider community to better understand the living and vital tradition of Judaism, its relationship to other religious traditions and its role in the development of contemporary civilizations, and to explore the historical role played by Jews and Jewish thought.

Past Rosen Lectures

  • 2022: Shimon Attie (New York-based visual artist), The Crossing and Other Tales.
  • 2019: Professor William Morrow (Queen's University), Arguing with God: A Jewish Tradition.
  • 2019:  Professor Shawna Dolansky (Carleton University) The Exodus: Myth or History?"
  • 2018:  Professor Ruth Behar (University of Michigan) How to Tell the Story of the Jews of Cuba: Memories, Stories, Dilemmas.
  • 2018:  Professors Jack Granastein (University of British Columbia); Richard Menkis (York University) and Gordon Dueck (Queen's University) Gerald Tulchinsky and the Canadian Jewish History
  • 2017: Professor Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) Of Pearls and Prodigals: Listening to Jesus the Jewish Storyteller. 
  • 2016: Profesora Ella Shohat, (Cultual Studies, NYU) Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab/Jew Figure Revisited.
  • 2015: Sami Shalom Chetrit, Queen's College, NY, The Rise of Mizrahi Identity and Voice in Literature, Cinema, Music, Academic, and Public Life.
  • 2015: Daniel Boyarin, Did Jewish Women Have a Disapora? Rethinking the concept of diaspora and the question of women in Jewish history. 
  • 2014: Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, Law & Multiculturalism in a Jewish and Democratic State. 
  • 2012: Jacalyn Duffin, The Queen's Jews: Religion, Race & Change in the 20th Century Kingston. 
  • 2011: Muhammad Abu Samra & Howard Tzvi Adelman, Torah and the Qur'an in Modern Islamic and Jewish Thought: Tradition and Criticism. 
  • 2010: Warren Bass, Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.- Israel Alliance. 
  • 2009: Daniel Woolf, The Gnat in Titus' Nose: Jews and the Writing of History from Antiquity to the Present. 
  • 2008: Joel Sokolsky, The US, Israel, and the West: a 21st Century Assessment.
  • 2008: Samuel Heilman, Sliding to the Right: The contest for the Future of the North American Jewish Orthodoxy. 
  • 2007: Irwin Cotler Human Rights, Genocide, and the Pursuit of Justice.
  • 2006: Emanuel Adler, Changing Identities: The Road to Israeli Palestinian. 
  • 2005: Todd Gitlin, The Socialism of Fools: Anti-Semitism and the Left. 
  • 2003: Janice Gross Stein, The Remaking of the Modern Middle East. 
  • 2001: Donald Harmon Akenson, "The Lord made it luckily come to pass"; The Present Moment in Judaic Studies.
  • 2000: Ruth Wisse, The First and Still Greatest Jewish Stand-up Comedian. 
  • 1999: Moses Pava, Business Ethics and Religion: An Investigation from a Jewish Perspective. 
  • 1999: Gershon Mundert, Poland and the Jews- Over the Millennium. 
  • 1997: Susan Sered, Show Me You Can: Wives, Husbands and Israeli Rituals of Birth. 
  • 1997: David Novak, The Human Rights Debate: Does the Jewish Tradition have anything to Contribute? 
  • 1997: Alfred Bader The Bible and Dutch Masters
  • 1995: Norma Joseph & Elyse Goldstein, You Don't Know Me by My Title: Self Identities and Modern Jewish Feminism. 
  • 1995: Robert Alter, The Achievement of Gershon Scholem. 
  • 1994: Sylvia Barak-Fishman, Revisioning American Jews in Film and Fiction. 
  • 1993: Irving Abella, Continuity and Anti-Semitism: The Paradox of the Canadian Jewish Agenda for the 1990s. 
  • 1992: Ze'ev Mankowitz, Jewish Tradistion and History: The Perception from the Post Modern Era. 
  • 1990: Steven Katz, American Jews: Past, Present and Future. 
  • 1988: David Weiss, A Judaic Perspective of Nature and Science.