Special Collections Research Center
Karl Marx, one of the most important and influential figures in modern history, was born to parents of Jewish descent. Although he was baptized when he was six years old and embraced atheism, Marx continues to be identified as a Jew. His Jewish ancestry influenced his thinking; and his writings on Jews, which identify Judaism with capitalism, are nearly all hostile. Whether or not Marx himself was anti-Semitic, his Jewish origins and his writings have been used by anti-Semites in linking communism to a Jewish conspiracy, and his remarks about Jews continue to influence the reception of his works by others. Drawing on sources in the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, this exhibit explores Karl Marx’s complex relationship to Jews and Judaism and his writings on these subjects.
The University of Chicago Presents
The Pacifica Quartet’s London Wigmore Hall debut in November 2004 was called a “spellbinding blend of subtlety and style.” In Japan, their Elliott Carter cycle was deemed "legendary." Nominated for a second time for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Chamber Music Award, the University’s Artists-in-Residence will return to Mandel Hall for another season of chamber music. This concert will include performances of Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 “From my Life”, Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la nuit” for String Quartet and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet. Tickets are $15, $5 students with valid ID. For tickets and more information, call 702-8068.
Franke Institute for the Humanities
The conference is the opening event of a yearlong Sawyer Seminar at the University that will investigate the problem of non-discursive thought as it arose in German philosophy, literature and science in reaction to Kant. The conference will explore both early formulations of the problem in Goethe, Hegel and other post-Kantians, and later re-incarnations in the work of Wittgenstein, Benjamin and some of their contemporaries. For more information, please visit http://hum.uchicago.edu/frankeinstitute.
Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, will speak on U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the War on Terror. Chernus, who has recently authored a book on the subject, will tackle the question of why U.S. policy aimed at building national strength and security has the paradoxical effect of making the country less safe and secure. The World Beyond the Headlines series is a collaborative project of the International House Global Voices Lecture Series Program, the Center for International Studies, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.