Visiting Scholars

Vera Schwarcz

Prof. Vera Schwarcz

Read More
Vera Schwarcz is Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. Her BA was from Vassar College with a MA from Yale, a MAA from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Standford Univerisity.

Born in Romania, Schwarcz has taught Chinese history at Stanford University, Wesleyan University, as well as at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Beijing University and Centre Chine in Paris. She is serving currently as Director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and Chair of the East Asian Studies Program at Wesleyan. She is the author of eight books, including the prize-winning Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory (Yale University Press, 1999) as well as Time for Telling Truth Is Running Out: Conversations with Zhang Shenfu (Yale, 1986); The Chinese Enlightenment (Berkeley, 1984) and most recently –Place and Memory in Singing Crane Garden (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). She is also the author of three books of poetry including A Scoop of Light and In The Garden of Memory– a collaboration with the Prague-born Israeli artist Chava Pressburger

Read Less
Jan Willem  van Henten

Prof. Jan Willem van Henten

Read More
Jan Willem van Henten is Professor of Religion at the University of Amsterdam and Extra-Ordinary Professor of Old and New Testament at the University of Stellenbosch (South-Africa). He studied History and Theology  at Leiden University, specializing in Ancient History, Judaism in the Second Temple Period and New Testament. His PhD (Leiden 1986) concerns martyrdom and the construction of Jewish identity in 2 and 4 Maccabees. He taught Judaism and New Testament at the Universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht. He is full professor of Religion (Early Judaism and Christianity) at the University of Amsterdam since 1993. His courses concern the introduction to and interpretation of the Bible, the history, religion and literature of Judaism as well as New Testament and Christian origins. He contributes to the Amsterdam MA-programmes in Religious Studies and Ancient Studies & Classics. His research projects concern Jewish literature from antiquity, especially 2 and 4 Maccabees and the Jewish Antiquities by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (preparation of a commentary for the Brill Josephus project), martyrdom among Jews and Christians, as well as the reception of the Bible in contemporary culture.

Read Less