Inaugural Symposium: “Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean”


Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Student Union, Rooms 304 A & B, 2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268

This inaugural symposium will launch UConn’s Abrahamic Programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region and is set to take place at UConn’s main campus in Storrs, Connecticut. The symposium will encourage and foster intellectual exchanges among participants.



9:00 AM  Continental Breakfast

9:45 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks

Daniel Weiner, Vice President for Global Affairs
Jeffrey Shoulson, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Zaid Eyadat, Department of Political Science, University of Jordan; Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA

10:15 AM  Session I - Revelations: Polemics & Prophesies

Mokdad Arfa, Professor Emeritus, Arabo-Islamic Philosophy, University of Tunis, Tunis
Andrea Celli, Assistant Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies, University of Connecticut, USA
Ahmed Chahlane, Professor Emeritus, Mohamed V University, Morocco
Marya T. Green-Mercado, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University
Ronald Kiener, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College, USA
Daniel Lasker, Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values, Ben Gurion University, Israel

12:00 PM   Lunch Break

1:30 PM  Session II - Sciences: Reception & Translation

Mohammed Abattouy, Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, Mohamed V University, Morocco
Nicola Carpentieri, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA
Nadir El-Bizri, Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Brian Long, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Ziegler, Professor of Medieval History and History of Medicine, University of Haifa, Israel

3:15 PM  Coffee Break

3:30 PM  Session III - Regions & Jurisdictions

Alexander Fidora, Research Professor, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Daniel Hershenzon, Assistant Professor of Early Modern Spanish and Mediterranean History, University of Connecticut, USA
Seth Kimmel, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, USA
Benjamin Liu, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of California - Riverside
Pier Tommasino, Assistant Professor of Italian, Columbia University, USA

5:15 PM  Concluding Remarks

5:30 PM  Reception



This symposium is made possible by the generous support of Gary & Phyllis Gladstein. Sponsored by UConn’s Office of the Provost, Global Affairs and Center for Judaic Studies.