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David Biale  

Leading Scholar of Jewish Intellectual & Cultural Life; Author & Three-Time Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

David Biale, the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History, is a leading scholar of Jewish intellectual and cultural life and the author and editor of 10 books and 74 articles over his 36-year career. He is a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent book is titled "Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Secular Jewish Thought."

A faculty member at UC Davis since 1999, Biale founded the Jewish Studies Program and most recently served as chair of the History Department. In 2011, he received the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty. In the last two decades, Biale has pioneered collaborative projects in the humanities. Currently, Biale is serving as Project Director of an international team of nine scholars writing A New History of Hasidism. The team meets every summer in Leipzig, Germany, and is experimenting with collective writing.

Speech Topics

The history, culture and politics of the State of Israel

Religion and secularism in Jewish and European history

Sexuality and gender in Jewish history

The history of Jewish culture


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