Samuel and Sheila Goldberg Lectureship Fund
Samuel and Sheila Goldberg created this fund in order to help bring internationally acclaimed lecturers to UIUC's campus to interact with students and faculty on a variety of levels. The focus of these presentations is on Judaism's interactions with, contributions to, and impact on Western ethics, morals, values, philosophy, law, religion, and art. These lectures are meant to reach broadly based audiences of Jews and non-Jews. Since 1999, this fund has enabled many events, workshops, and lectures including Seth Sanders, Steven Weitzman, and Shaul Magid in recent years. This endowment supports a biennial lecture open to the public.
Sam and Sheila Goldberg lived in Urbana-Champaign for many years. Sam joined the Department of Mathematics at UIUC in 1960. A native of Toronto, Sam served in the Canadian Army during World War II and received all of his degrees from the University of Toronto. Before coming to UIUC, he taught at Lehigh, Wayne State, and Harvard Universities, and he has held visiting positions at Berkeley, Liverpool, Cambridge, the College de France, and the Technion (in Haifa, Israel). Sheila Goldberg hails from England and Canada, and also lived in Kibbutz Kfar Darom in 1947, before the founding of the State of Israel. She completed three degrees at the UIUC, including a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development, while raising a family and playing an active role in many community organizations.
- Steven Weitzman, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s department of religious studies, will present a lecture titled “The Double Helix of Jewish History: Genetics and the Search for the
- Many people assume they know the origin of the Jews, tracing them back to the ancestors described in the book of Genesis, but for scholars, the origin of the Jews remains a mystery.
- Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, is among the world’s leading young scholars in the field
- Azzan Yadin, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, is among the world’s leading young scholars in the field of Rabbinics.
- Susan Suleiman is the C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
- Naomi Seidman, Jewish Theological Union & University of California at Berkeley
- Murray Baumgarten directs Jewish Studies at the Unversity of California, Santa Cruz, where is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature.
- Steve Stem is the author of several works of fiction, including the Angel of Forgetfulness (2005), the Wedding Jester(2000), winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction
- Bernard Wasserstein, Professor of History, University of Chicago
- Joshua Sobol, Israeli Playwright Date: 11/18/2002
- Scott Miller, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Date: 10/16/2001
- Albert Baumgarten, Bar-Ilan Unniversity Date: 10/25/2000
- The Inaugural Sam and Sheila Goldberg Lecture "If You Build it They Will Come: Performing Jewish in Post-Communist Krakow" by Jack Kugelmass