Past Lectures and Seminars



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Lectures from 2014

December 7, 2014:
On Day University, New York City
"Nazi-Plundered Art"

November 13, 2014 6:45-8:45pm:
Smithsonian Institution:
"Maimonides and St Thomas Aquinas: Two Medieval Masters"

October 11, 2014:
Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program
"Nazi-Plundered Art: Lost and (Not) Found"

September 21, 2014:
One day University, Boston, MA
"Untangling the Web of the Middle East"

September 14, 2014:
One day University, Philadelphia, PA
"The Making of Modern Art"

August 11, 2014:
Chautauqua Institution; Religion Department Lecture: "Georgia and Ukraine: Religion and Culture in Defining Identity"

Lectures from 2013

December 7, 2013:
One day University, Washington, DC
Lecture: "Untangling the Web of the Middle East"

November 6, 2013:
Tbilisi, Georgia
Lecture: "Nikos Pirosmani and Henri Rousseau in the Making of Modernism"

October 26, 2013:
One Day University, Dallas, Texas
Lecture: "The Making of Modern Art"

Sponsored by the Athenaeum Hotel and the Department of Religion, Chautauqua Institution.

July 28 - August 2, 2013:
“Crime and Punishment: The Shaping of Justice from Religion to Law”
August 11-16, 2013:
“Turkey: History and Culture from the Hittites to Today”

2014 Lecture Series and Seminars:

Wednesdays, Spring, 2014
Smithsonian Institution
"Visual Art in Western Literature"

2013 Lecture Series and Seminars:

Wednesdays, October 9-30, 2013
Smithsonian Institution
The Golden Age of Cities: Athens, Rome, Florence, Paris

Lectures from 2012:

January 21, 2012:
Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, FL
Lecture: "Jewish Influence in the Art of George Wardlaw" 

Lectures from 2011:

December 10, 2011:
Russian Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Lecture: "Glory of Ukraine" 

November 16, 2011:
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Lecture: "Religious Tolerance in Ottoman Turkey" 

September 13, 2011:
The University Club, Washington, DC
Lecture and Book-signing: "Untangling the Web of the Middle East" 

September 14, 2011:
Federal Judicial Center Education Division
Circuit Mediators' Conference, San Diego, CA
"Moods for Mediators: Untangling the Web of the Middle East"

September 22, 2011:
Rubin Frankel Gallery, Boston, MA
"Three-World Vision and Humanism in the Art of Felix Lembersky"

October 1, 2011:
Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL
Lecture and Book-signing: "Untangling the Web of the Middle East" 

October 24, 2011:
Fairfield University
Ignatian Heritage Week
"St Ignatius, Jesuits, Spirituality and Art" 

November 11, 2011:
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange, NJ
"Lost and (Not) Found: Nazi-Plundered Art"

2011 Lecture Series and Seminars:

Wednesday evenings:
West End Library - 24th and I Sts NW, Washington, DC.
2011 Scholar-in-Residence series.
"Family Relations in Western Literature"
January 21, 2011: E.A. Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)
February 2, 2011: Jean Racine, Phaedre
February 23, 2011: Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
March 23, 2011: William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
April 13, 2011: Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven
May 4, 2011: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Wednesday evenings:
West End Library - 24th and I Sts NW, Washington, DC.
2011 Scholar-in-Residence series.
"The Heroic Adventure in Western Literature"
September 7, 2011: The Gilgamesh Epic
October 5, 2011: Homer, The Odyssey
October 26, 2011: Dante, The Inferno
November 16, 2011: Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
December 7, 2011: Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King
January 4, 2012: Salman Rushdie, The Moor's Last Sigh

October 21-22, 2011:
The Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program
"Magic and Religion in the Greco-Roman World"

Lectures from 2010:

February 21, 2010:
Temple Beth Sholom, Frederick, MD.
"Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Demjanjuk." 
(In conjunction with Dr. Soltes’ forthcoming book, Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Jonathan Pollard.)

April 15, 2010:
Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
"Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Eichmann."
(Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Civilization. In conjunction with Dr. Soltes’ forthcoming book, Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Jonathan Pollard.)

April 27, 2010:
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.
"Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Eichmann."
(In conjunction with Dr. Soltes’ forthcoming book, Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Jonathan Pollard.)

June 4, 2010:
New York Open Center, NYC.
“Searching for Oneness with the One: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Mysticism.” 

June 6, 2010:
The 92nd St Y, NYC.
"Thinking like a Greek Philosopher."
(This lecture is part of the Y’s all-day Greek culture immersion program.)

October 2, 2010 :
St. Cornelius Chapel, Governor's Island, NYC.
"Jerusalem as a Sacred Space"  (sponsored by and part of the Chautauqua at Governor's Island program)

October 6, 2010:
Rumi Forum, 1150 17th St NW, Washington, DC.
"Untangling the Web: Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always Has Been" (in conjunction with the publication of Dr. Soltes' book of the same name)

October 8, 2010:
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, Washington DC.
"Defining Jewish American Art and Artists"

October 24, 2010:
Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
“The Challenge for Jewish and Muslim Athletes in the Secular Sports World” (part of the 23rd annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium)

November 4, 2010:
Temple University
"The Bible, Qur'an and Gulen on Human Responsibility for the World around Us" (part of "The Role of the Gulen Movement in the Task of Eco-Justice" conference, co-sponsored by the University and Philadelphia Dialogue Forum)

2010 Lecture Series and Seminars

Wednesday evenings:
West End Library - 24th and I Sts NW, Washington, DC.
Scholar-in-Residence series.
Spring, 2015

Wednesday evenings
West End Library - 24th and I Sts NW, Washington, DC.
2010 Scholar-in-Residence series.
"Eros and Eris: Love and Strife in Western Literature."
January 20, 2010: The Iliad
February 10, 2010: The Bible (Genesis, I Samuel, II Samuel)
March 3, 2010: Pierre Corneille: The Cid
March 31, 2010: DH Lawrence: Women in Love
April 21, 2010: Elie Wiesel: Day (aka The Accident)
May 12, 2010: Philip Roth: The Human Stain

April 16-17, 2010:
The Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program.
"The Trojan War and Its Aftermath in Greek Literature and Art"

June 6, 2010:
The 92nd Street Y, NYC.
“The Trojan War and Its Aftermath in Greek Literature”

June 20-25, 2010:
Washington & Lee University: Alumni College.
“Jewish Civilization”

August 8-14, 2010:
Sponsored by the Athenaeum Hotel and the Department of Religion, Chautauqua Institution.
“Sacred Spaces”
(Seven lectures and discussions on the question of what makes a space sacred and on important and at-risk spaces and monuments in the Abrahamic and other traditions.)

October-23, 2010:
The Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program.
"Greek Philosophy: from the Pre-Socratics to Aristotle"

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