Oxford University Chabad Society presents a seminar  

'The social vision of Judaism for a modern world'

This seminar aims to explore the question of how the philosophical and mystical teachings of Judaism can serve as a paradigm for creating a less fractured, more just and peaceful society - in connection with the recent book 'Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World' (2019) by Professor Philip Wexler, Eli Rubin and Michael Wexler.

Sunday, 22 Nov, 2pm - 6.30pm


2pm Dr. Netanel Dagan (Hebrew University) 

'Do prisoners deserve visits and furloughs?'

Netanel Dagan is a lecturer at the faculty of law, institute of criminology, at the Hebrew U. of Jerusalem. He was a former prosecutor in the criminal division of Jerusalem (2016-2019), clerked for the deputy justice of the supreme court of Israel, Hanan Melcer (2016-2018), and was a visiting scholar in Oxford's centre for criminology during 2015. He is interested in penal theory and penology.

2.30pm Rabbi Eli Brackman (Oxford University Chabad Society, Director)

'Maimonides on equality and the problem of expensive tastes'

3pm Prof. Frances Stewart (Oxford)

'Why worry about Horizontal Inequalities and what to do about them?'

Frances Stewart is emeritus professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford. She was Director of the Oxford Department of International Development (1993-2003) and the  Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (2003-2010).  Among many publications, she is leading author of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (2008) and Advancing Human Development: Theory and Practice (2018).

3.30pm Dr. Naftali Loewenthal (UCL) 

'Chabad Hasidism and the Essence of Socialism'

Naftali Loewenthal lectures in Jewish Spirituality at University College London’s Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. He is author of Communicating the Infinite: the Emergence of the Habad School (Chicago, 1990) and his most recent book is Hasidism beyond Modernity, Studies in Habad Thought and History (Littman Library).

4pm Eli Rubin (UCL) 

'The Hasidic Ethos as an Alternative Social Paradigm'

Eli Rubin is a graduate research student in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London and co-author with Prof. Philip Wexler of 'Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World' (2019).

4.30pm Prof. Paul Franks (Yale) 

Paul Franks is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Judaic Studies at Yale University. He completed his B.A (First Class) and M.A, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and PhD from Harvard.

5pm Dr. Israel Sandman (UCL) 

'The Forward-Looking Theology of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson'

Israel Sandman is a Fellow at the Hebrew & Jewish Studies Department at University College London and an expert on medieval Jewish philosophy and manuscripts. 

5.30pm Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman (NYU)

'The Lubavitcher Rebbe: Between the particular and the Universal'

Lawrence H. Schiffman is Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, New York University

6pm Professor Chaim Waxman

'Modern People in Hasidic Garb?'

Chaim Waxman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem and in 2103 Dorset Fellow at the Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy (Littman Library).

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