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YU to Host International Conference on Arch of Titus

YU’s Center for Israel Studies and YU Museum to Host October 29 Symposium

The Arch of Titus, built to commemorate Roman triumph in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, has stood as a touchstone of Western civilization for nearly 2,000 years. Yet, the meaning and significance of the monument – for the victorious Romans, for the defeated Jews, and for both Christians and Jews – has shifted over the subsequent millennia.

This transition of thought, and the historic and contemporary relevance of the monument itself, will be explored by a distinguished group of international scholars at a conference on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in New York City. The conference, taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is organized and presented by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and the YU Museum.

The conference, co-sponsored by YU's Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies and made possible by the Leon Charney Legacy Fund of the YU Center for Israel Studies, is being held in conjunction with a special Yeshiva University Museum exhibition on the Arch of Titus, on view through January 14, 2018.

Scholars at the conference, “The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back," will examine the monument from the Roman era to the present. They will explore the image and symbolism of the Arch from various vantage points – from emperors and popes to Jews and Christians who re-interpreted the meaning of the Arch in modern times.

Participants include: Katherine Welch, New York University; Marie-Thérèse ChampagneUniversity of West Florida, Pensacola; Samuele Rocca, Ariel University; Pier Tucci, Johns Hopkins University; Ida Östenberg, University of Goteborg; Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Donald H. Sanders, VIZIN: The Institute for the Visualization of History; Peter M. Schertz, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Robert Chazan, New York University; Galit Hasan-Rokem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem;  Marnin Young, Yeshiva University; Jacob Wisse, Yeshiva University; Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, City University of New York, and Steven Fine, Yeshiva University.

Tickets, which are limited, will be sold for $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Tickets are free for YUM members, YU students, faculty, and staff, or with ID from any New York academic institution, members of Centro Primo Levi and the Italian Cultural Institute.

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