Story posted October 20, 2004
Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California-Berkeley, will give the Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture at Bowdoin College at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 25, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
Boyarin's lecture, "Why is Rabbi Yohanan a Woman: Platonic Love and the Talmud," is free and open to the public. For more information call 725-3847.
Daniel Boyarin teaches courses Near Eastern studies, rhetoric, women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, Jewish studies, ancient history, and Mediterranean archaeology at Berkeley.
He is the author of the recently published book Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity, which looks at the historical division of Judaism and Christianity. Among his other books are Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man, Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture, and Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash, which was a finalist for the 1990 National Jewish Book Award.
Among his many honors are the 2002 Jewish Cultural Achievement in Scholarship Award, a 2001 Berlin Prize Fellowship, and a 1993 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research and a member of the Society for New Testament Studies.
Boyarin began his education at Goddard College and earned his master's degree in Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His education continued with a Master's of Semitic Languages at Columbia University, where he did his thesis on The Babylonian Aramaic Verb According to Codex Hamburg. He earned his doctorate in 1975 from the Jewish Theological Seminary upon completion of his dissertation on A Critical Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nazir.
Boyarin's Bowdoin appearance is sponsored by the Harry Spindel Memorial Lectureship.
Rosalyne Spindel Bernstein and Sumner Bernstein established Bowdoin College's Harry Spindel Memorial Lectureship in Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish affairs in 1977 in memory of Mrs. Bernstein's father, Harry Spindel, as a lasting testimony to his lifelong devotion to Jewish learning.