Philosophy & Religion


New! Acts of Courage and Healing 34 min.

Eight Muslim Americans living in Colorado with family histories from eight separate Muslim-majority countries, share their personal stories. They describe incidents of Islamophobia, as well as the healing processes they have experienced in their workplaces, in their neighborhoods, and through supportive organizations.

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New! An Afghan American Family Story 24 min.

Jamshid and Huma Ebadi both came to the United States as young children with their families from Afghanistan under harrowing circumstances. As adults, with a young family of their own, they now live in a suburb of Denver, CO. Hear their stories of love, compassion, and of hope.

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“Alien Invaders”: Jewish Figures in Deronda’s Britain 46 min.

In the third part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse analyzes Julian Klesmer and Mirah Lapidoth in terms of their contributions to Jewish emancipation. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses how Jewish people were seen as a threat in Victorian England, from both poor immigrants and from influent...

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The Character and Education of Daniel Deronda 47 min.

In the fifth part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse looks at the title character’s gradual evolution as he searches for his identity and forms a career path. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses how Daniel is brought up as an English gentleman with the paths of scholarship and government open...

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The Character and Education of Gwendolen Harleth 48 min.

In the second of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse examines George Eliot’s modern heroine Gwendolen Harleth. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse analyzes how Gwendolen’s upbringing contributes to her character flaws. We learn about her inappropriate education, absent father, overindulgent mother, and lac...

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How Fiction Differs from Philosophy 38 min.

In the seventh part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse examines George Eliot’s decision to present social and political ideas in fictional form. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse focuses on the Princess Leonora Halm-Eberstein, whose lively character contrasts her rejection of Judaism and of her son D...

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Jewish Nationalism 40 min.

In the sixth part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse discusses George Eliot’s inspiration for writing a novel in support of Jewish nationalism decades before Theodor Herzl wrote The Jewish State. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse draws parallels between Eliot’s relationship to her mentor, Emmanuel De...

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The Political Vision of Daniel Deronda: Separateness with Communication 50 min.

In the final part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse summarizes George Eliot’s great novel of nationalism. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses the concept of the Jewish community remaining separate, yet communicating with other people and nations. With Mordecai’s support, Daniel embraces his...

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The Theme of Beauty and Goodness 54 min.

In the first of an eight part lecture series, Professor Ruth Wisse introduces George Eliot, the author of Daniel Deronda, and her character Gwendolen Harleth. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse explores the opening paragraph of Chapter 1, in which Daniel and Gwendolen are attracted to one another at a casino in Germany. Through the relatio...

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The Theme of Evil 41 min.

In the fourth part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse examines evilness in Henleigh Grandcourt and Mr. Lapidoth. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses how Grandcourt symbolizes an aristocracy that loses its purpose before losing financial power. Bored, he exercises power over Gwendolen, who doe...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017