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Adult Education Archives

On this page, you'll find resources from some of our adult education programs, such as our Levin-Moscovitz lectures and our Sh'mita course.

 2022 Levin-Moscovitz Series with Professor Flora Cassen


June 9th-12th, 2022








Engagement Schedule:

Thursday, June 9th at 7pm, in-person & online

  • A Talk on "The Many Faces of Antisemitism Today" 
  •  Facebook or website

 Friday, June 10th Shabbat Services at 6pm, in-person & online

  •  Kabbalat Shabbat D’Var (during Shabbat Services)“Uncle Charles’ Letter: Lessons from a Family History"
  •  Facebook or website

Saturday, June 11th at 9am, online

  •  Torah Study: Essential Texts on Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism
    To access the Zoom session, click HERE. 

 Sunday, June 12th  from 10 to 11:30am, in person

  •  Informal Question & Answer Session with Bagels
    To sign up, click HERE.


Flora Cassen is Chair of the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies at Washington University in St Louis. She  was born and grew up in Antwerp, Belgium and went to college in Brussels and studied law and history at the Free University of Brussels. She moved to New York in 2000 to continue her studies at NYU, earning a PhD in Jewish History in 2008. She has taught European and Jewish history at the University of Vermont, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now at Washington University in Saint Louis. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two sons.

She is the author of Marking the Jews in Renaissance Italy: Politics, Religion, and the Power of Symbols  (Cambridge University Press) that tells the history of the yellow badges or hats that Jews were forced to wear in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.  Her book offers a reflection on the power of discriminatory signs and explains where Renaissance anti-Judaism came from and what it meant to Italian Jews and Christians. She has published articles in flagship academic journals such as the Journal of Early Modern History, the Jewish Quarterly Review, the Association for Jewish Studies Review, and in collections of essays. Her articles and book form a body of work that explores diverse facets of early modern Jewish life (ranging all the way from anti-Judaism and dress to travel, spying, and food) in Italy and the Spanish Empire.

In addition to her academic work, she has been writing columns for broad public audiences on the subject European antisemitism in Haaretz (see here); the American Jewish Forward (see here); and De Standaard, Belgium’s main Flemish newspaper (see here).

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