CU Boulder Program in Jewish Studies Continues Peak to Peak Series on Zoom

Updated: Aug 31

From food and social justice to Holocaust memory and American history, the University of Colorado Boulder Peak to Peak series brings CU Boulder scholars into conversation with audiences and communities across Colorado and beyond.

Exploring influential historical figures and events and enduring human questions, these online learning opportunities are offered through the CU Boulder Program in Jewish Studies in partnership with the Office for Outreach and Engagement Arts and Humanities Initiative and communities and organizations across Colorado including: Corazón de Trinidad Creative District, Durango Creative District, Garfield Public Library District, Trinidad Carnegie Public Library, Western Colorado University, Aspen Jewish Congregation, Boulder JCC, and Temple Aaron in Trinidad.

Each Peak to Peak talk will start with a 20-minute presentation on the topic, followed by a 20-minute conversation with Elias Sacks, director of the Program in Jewish Studies and the organizer of this year’s series. Another 20 minutes is set aside for questions and answers. The format is similar to that of previous years, but will now be done over Zoom. Learn more at the CU Boulder Jewish Studies website:

Thursday, August 20, 2020

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. (MDT - Mountain Daylight Time)

Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph – A Conversation With David Shneer

David Shneer, Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, University of Colorado Boulder

On August 20, David Shneer, a professor of Jewish Studies and history, will host a talk on “Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph,” the book he is scheduled to release Aug. 3. The book is about a photo he calls the “first Holocaust commemoration scene,” taken in 1942. In his book, David Shneer tells the story of how that one photograph from a series taken by Dmitri Baltermants, a photojournalist working for the Soviet newspaper Izvestiia, took that day in 1942 near Kerch. This photo became much more widely known than the others, eventually being titled "Grief," and is currently in a Moscow art gallery. Join the discussion to learn why the photographer chose to take the photo, its journey through time and how it has made an impact.


Monday, September 14, 2020

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (MDT - Mountain Daylight Time)

Jewish Messianic Heresy and the Right to Privacy: Louis Brandeis and Sabbatian Origins of an American Legal Doctrine

Nan Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies and English, University of Colorado Boulder

On September 14, Professor Nan Goodman will discuss her book on Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice.


Events are free of charge and open to participants in all locations, within Colorado and beyond.

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