One of a group of Indo-European speaking peoples intrusive to Anatolia, the Hittites rose from a modest city state to establish first a kingdom on the central plateau and then an empire that fought with the kings of Babylon and Assyria, the Hurrians, and the pharaohs of Egypt for control of SE Anatolia, Syria and Palestine, and contended with one or more Mycenaean Greek kings over western Asia Minor. One of their many vassal states was Wilusa, certainly to be identified with Troy. The multiethnic Hittite kingdom absorbed heavy cultural influence from many peoples and played a role in transmitting Ancient Near Eastern culture to the Greeks. A combination of factors, including the assaults of the “Sea Peoples”, brought an end to the Hittite Empire shortly after 1200 BCE, but some former subordinate states inherited their name and culture and maintained a degree of independence for several centuries until conquered by the Assyrians. It is these “Neo-Hittite” states that are represented in the “Hittites” of the Old Testament.
Israel is a microcosm of the sign language world. Within a country about equal in area to New Jersey, Israel contains both a widely dispersed deaf community sign language used in schools, Israeli Sign Language, and a number of much smaller village sign languages, each confined to a single community and used only within its confines. Our research team was formed to study Israeli Sign Language, but we have also spent the last decade studying and documenting the sign language of the Bedouin village of Al-Sayyid, located near Be’er Sheva, the ancestral home of Abraham. I will compare the history and structure of these two languages and show how the study of their emergence has provided a variety of insights into language and human nature.
Dr. Levine will speak on, "Hearing Jesus' Parables as Jewish Stories," at 7:00 P.M. at Temple Adath Israel on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013. Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and an affiliated professor with the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge, England. This is the second of two lectures presented by Dr. Levine in Lexington, as part of the Moosnick Lectures.
There will be a lecture by Dr. Oliver Leaman, Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at UK. He writes mainly on Islamic and Jewish philosophy and culture. He is the author most recently of Islamic Philosophy (2009), Judaism (2011) and Controversies in Contemporary Islam (2013). He is currently working on a project studying the links between religion and art in modern culture. The event is free and open to the public.
Excited about Homecoming? Want to learn more about what it was like at UK 60 years ago?
Join Mr. Gene DuBow, class of 1953, president of Zeta Beta Tau and Hillel, in a program sponsored by the UK Jewish Studies program for a trip down memory lane. There will be a brief film showcasing archival materials of UK over the years and Mr. DuBow will offer remarks on Jewish life at UK in the 1950s. The discussion will be followed by an open Q and A session and light refreshments.
Start #ukhomecoming weekend off right; don't miss today's talk from Mr. Gene Dubow, Class of 1953 alum, President of Hillel and ZBT. TODAY-- 2pm , DMB Theater in the Marksburgy Building. There will be FREE COOKIES and COFFEE :) Those of you coming from off-campus there will be a limited number of vouchers available for parking structure 5, first come/first served.
Here is a link to the location of the Marksbury Building
Public lecture by Dr. Benor is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles). Her book, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism, was published in 2012.
The Best of Both Worlds: Blended Learning in the Language Classroom”
Lecture by Dr. Fernando Rubio
Wednesday, March 06
P.O.T 18th floor, West End
Dr. Rubio has a PhD in Spanish Linguistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and he is currently teaching Spanish Linguistics at the University of Utah, where he is also Co-Director of the Second Language Teaching and Research Center. His research interests are in the areas of Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodologies. In 2009 he was awarded the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) Exemplary Faculty Use of Technology Award and in 2012 he received the ACTFL Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology. He has given talks, keynotes, and workshops on language and technology all over the country. He has taught online and hybrid language courses for years, including the first foreign language MOOC* ever taught (currently in progress).
He is the author of two textbooks, Tercer Milenio, Kendall-Hunt, 2009, and Juntos, Cengage (forthcoming) and editor of Hybrid Language Teaching and Learning: Exploring Theoretical, Pedagogical and Curricular Issues, Heinle, 2012.
(*) MOOC: Massive Open Online Course