Posts by: mzank

Speaking on Jerusalem, next week at Brandeis

I am looking forward to my talk on Jerusalem for the Brandeis University Schusterman Center for Israel Studies next Friday, October 24, at 12pm. The topic of my presentation is “Jerusalem in the Religious Studies Classroom: Theoretical Considerations and Topical Issues” and it will be based on an essay recently published in a Syracuse University […]

Upcoming talks

I’ve been invited back by the fabulous folk at the CAS Core Curriculum to lecture on the Bible in general and the primordial history of Genesis in particular. (Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014, 9:30 am, at the Tsai Performance Center) I’ve been getting more comfortable with these lectures the more my own children have approached (and […]

A nice little feature on my Jerusalem class, the summer version

Sue Seligson, reporting for a BUToday’s series, wrote a nice little feature on my Jerusalem class, which I recently taught as a summer term class. You can find her article here.

Elfriede Jelinek, taboo violation, and Zank

Just published in an Austrian internet portal dedicated to the work of Elfriede Jelinek, a comment responding to a video-text by the author Adolf Holl on the seven deadly sins. Thesis: without transgression no redemption; without taboo violation no living language. See HERE.

February 2014

Two classes up and running, one on Maimonides (RN420) and one on Jerusalem (RN220). Also: help me welcome Prof. Thomas Meyer, our special guest and visiting professor in Jewish studies and political philosophy this semester! You can find him almost every day at our new offices on the ground floor of the Elie Wiesel Center […]

Next week: Genesis

The very lovely people from the BU Core Curriculum kindly invited me back to give an introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Whether it’s age or the fact that I’ve been doing this kind of thing (i.e., teaching “Bible”) for such a long time, it strikes me as an extremely humbling and puzzling charge. After all, […]

Review of Velkley on Strauss and Heidegger

This just in, a review of a really very thoughtful and readable book on Strauss, Heidegger and “original forgetting” by Richard Velkley. See HERE.

Jerusalem, Summer II 2013

There are still a few open seats in CASRN220 Holy City this summer, so please sign up and bring your friends. This will be an opportunity to explore what we mean when we (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) call this city “holy,” why and how people are attached to it, and why it is such a […]

Krzystof Michalski (1948-2013)

Boston University has (or in this case: had) quite a few hidden gems. This one was hidden in plain sight. Krzystof Michalski taught every other semester for the CAS Philosophy department, courses on Nietzsche (the subject of his last book), political philosophy, and other subjects. He was the kind of gem John Silber tended to […]

January 2013

A new semester begins today. I am offering two courses: CASRN339 The Modern Jew, a course in the Other Within series; and CASRN797 Philosophical and Theological Approaches to Religion, a required core course for the Division of Religious and Theological Studies. In other news, I am looking forward to taking on the directorship of the […]