The Honors Program had a packed fall semester full of luncheons and cultural activities!


Here are some recaps from our luncheons in November and December:


  • On November 9th, the day after the election, Yair Rosenberg, a senior writer at Tablet who covers the intersection of politics, culture, and religion, visited the Honors Program to discuss the election, its aftermath, and its implications.
  • Jon Stewart (Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University) and one of leading experts in the world on the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, came to speak to Honors students on November 16th about “The Determinate Religions: Hegel’s Interpretation of the Religions of the World.”  He explored Hegel’s account of the determinate religions from his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, showing how this material is necessary for a full appreciation of Hegel’s account of religion and his view of the development of human culture in general. Hegel was involved in a signal conflict in German intellectual life that pitted the advocates of neoHellenism against the Romantics, who were interested in Eastern religions. This conflict marked the beginnings of the cultural debates that we know today under headings such as multiculturalism.
  • Our final luncheon of the semester, on December 21st, was co-sponsored by the Straus Center and featured Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff speaking on “A Curious Invention Named Modern Orthodoxy.”  Eleff is a graduate of our Honors Program and is currently the Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL and the other of six books and more than thirty scholarly articles in the field of American Jewish history.  You can read more about the talk here.

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