Annual Fischmann Family Distinguished Lecture

"Love and the Bible"

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023 | 7 p.m.
VDA Family Suite (Level 3), William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University

How did our modern concept of love evolve? It traveled from classical Greece to chivalry in the Middle Ages, Shakespeare, and the metaphysical poets, but it is solidly grounded in various books of the Bible. Award-winning scholar Ilan Stavans takes us through a historical--and linguistic--tour, grounding his exploration of divine and human love in the Torah.

Kosher reception to follow.


Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at
Amherst College, the publisher
of Restless Books, and a consultant to the Oxford English
Dictionary. His many books include
On Borrowed Words, How Yiddish Changed America and
How America Changed Yiddish, Popol Vuh: A Retelling,
and The People's Tongue. Translated into
twenty languages and
the recipient of numerous awards and honors, his work has been adapted
into film, TV, theater, and radio.

General Information

The Fischmann Family Distinguished Lecture is an annually held event hosted by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Jewish Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University, and is made possible by the generosity of the Fischmann family.

Past Events

  • 2022: The Biggest Threat to the Jewish Future Is Not What You Think

    Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
    Location: McIntosh Center, University Hall 3999


    • Featuring a lecture by David Suissa, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, named best Jewish paper in the country two years in a row by the American Jewish Press Association.
  • 2019: Tchotchkes: American Yiddish Material Culture After World War II

    Date: Monday, Sep. 23, 2019
    Location: Von der Ahe Suite, 3rd floor, Hannon Library


    • Jeffrey Shandler, Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and author of “Adventures in Yiddishland,” which examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust.
    • Response and discussion led by Miri Koral, CEO and founding director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language.
    • Art Exhibition by Silvia Wagensberg, showcasing colorful portraiture of local Yiddishists.


    • California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language
    • The English Department
    • The Modern Languages Department

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  • 2018: Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: A Son's Memoir

    Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall


    • Stanley A. Goldman, professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola Law School, reading from his pre-released book, "Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother"
    • Response and discussion led by Michael Bazyler, professor of law and legal expert on genocide at Chapman University


    • Loyola Law School
    • The Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola Law School.

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    Read the Bellarmine News Story Here

  • ‌2017: Eduardo Halfon and the Inheritance of Memory

    Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall


    • Eduardo Halfon, award-winning Guatemalan writer specializing in Jewish fiction, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and author of 11 books, reading from his work "The Polish Boxer"
    • Response by Victoria Aarons, O.R. & Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature, Trinity University

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  • ‌2016 (Fall): "Freedom of Speech on College Campuses"

    Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall


    • Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke, Professor of First Amendment Law at the UC Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science


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  • ‌2016 (Spring): Waiting for America: Stories of Jewish-Russian Emigration

    Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
    Location: McIntosh Center, University Hall 3999


    • A reading and discussion with Maxim D. Shrayer, acclaimed Russian-American author, translator, literary scholar, and Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College and the author of twelve books in English and Russian, among them the acclaimed memoirs Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration, Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, and I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah.
  • ‌2014: It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Other History of Jews in America

    Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall


    • Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
    • A multimedia exploration of the cultural and Political relationships between U.S. Latinos and U.S. Jews through the sounds of popular music. Highlighting both Jewish artists engaging with Latin music styles and Latino artists engaging with Jewish themes, topics, and audiences, the talk followed the evolution of a musical relationship from early twentieth century novelty songs through 1970's salsa classics
  • 2013: Jewish Ethics and Western Legal Ethics: The Inextricable Link

    Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013
    Location: Ahmanson Auditorium


    • Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy, Loyola Law School