Each dialogue involves the examination of one term and its representation and use in diverse geographical and historical contexts, both within Jewish Studies and outside of it. Each conversation involves at least two scholars, one from Duke and one from another institution.


“What is citizenship?” to be held Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at Duke. With Mia Fuller (Berkeley), Igiaba Scego, and Shai Ginsburg.

“What is multilingualism?” to be held Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Duke. With Lital Levy (Princeton) and others.



“What is Jewish Modernism?” was held Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom. With  Beth Holmgren (Duke), Priscilla Layne (UNC), and Allison Schachter (Vanderbilt).

“What is a ghetto?” was held Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Zoom. With Shaul Bassi (Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Paul B. Jaskot (Duke), and Karen Auerbach (UNC Chapel Hill).