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Jews & Modernity: Vienna - Class #1

Vienna: City of the Century – Wednesday, October 10

Jews in the Austro- Hungarian Empire and especially in Vienna flourished yet Vienna became notorious for the first incorporation of anti-Semitism into a political program. This lecture will examine the paradoxes of Jewish life in Vienna.

$20 per single lecture
$60 for 4 lecture series
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2.    The Jewish Kafka – Wednesday, October 17
Recognized as the greatest modern writer in the German language and the father of literary modernism, Franz Kafka has been insufficiently recognized as a Jewish writer. In this lecture, we will examine how his Judaism propelled him to become a unique chronicler of modern life.

3.    Brave New World: Freud and the New Social Sciences – Wednesday, October 31
From Vienna came some of the most important schools of thought of the 20th century, including the application of up-to-date “scientific” methods to new fields like child psychology and public opinion surveys. The most famous was Freud but other key Jewish thinkers, many of them women, were part of this transformation and will be given their due.

4.    Visions of the Jewish Future: Herzl and Stefan Zweig – Wednesday, November 7
With the creation of political anti-Semitism in Vienna, came a Jewish response to this threat. Of the many responses, two stand out: Theodore Herzl’s Zionism and Stefan Zweig’s pan- European humanism. These two visions of the Jewish future will be examined in this talk.

Earlier Event: October 8
Thanksgiving - Office Closed
Later Event: October 11
Floor Hockey