4/17/13: Shalom Sabar gives USU Fife Honor Lecture
The 32nd annual Fife Honor Lecture, saluting the pioneering
work of local folklorists Austin and Alta Fife and hosted by the Utah State
University Folklore Program, will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11:30 p.m.
in the Haight Alumni House. This year Professor Shalom Sabar of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on "The Sacrifice of Isaac in
Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art." The public is invited and
attendance is free. Light refreshments will be served.
Shalom Sabar is a Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Born in the neo-Aramaic speaking
Kurdish-Jewish community of Zakho, Iraq, Professor Sabar earned his Ph.D. in
Art History from UCLA , writing on the illustrated marriage contracts of the
Jews in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. He is one of the foremost experts
in the world on the beautiful folk tradition of illustrated marriage contracts
His research unites the disciplines of art history and
folklore. It highlights issues pertaining to the folk nature of Jewish art and
Jewish material culture, visual materials and objects associated with rituals
in the life and year cycles, and the evidence these materials provide about the
relationships between the Jewish minorities and the societies that hosted them
in Christian Europe and the Islamic East.
Among his many books are: Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage
Contracts of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum and Klau Library (1990);
Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage Contracts from the Israel Museum
Collection, Jerusalem (1994); Jerusalem - Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of
History and Art (with Dan Bahat; 1997), and The Life Cycle [of the Jews in the
Lands of Islam] (2006).
Professor Sabar is a visiting professor at the University of
Washington this year and lectures widely in universities, museums, and public
institutions in Israel, Europe and the United States. He also guides traveling
seminars to Jewish sites in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.
The Fife Honor Lecture is sponsored by the Folklore Program,
the Department of English Speaker Series, and the College of Humanities and
For more information,
please contact Steve Siporin (firstname.lastname@example.org