The subjects of the 2014 Joseph J. Hartog Lectures, a religious studies series, are "The Ethical Work of Liberation in Emmanuel Levinas and Mahatma Gandhi" and "What Must a Jewish Thinker be? Levinas, Derrida and the Ironies of Jewish Identification." The first talk will be presented by Victoria Tahmasebi (University of Toronto, Mississauga) on Fri., April 25, at 6 p.m. The second talk will be given by Sarah Hammerschlag (University of Chicago Divinity School) on Sat., April 26, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Crookshank 108 (Pomona College, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

Tahmasebi's areas of specialization encompass feminist theories in relation to continental and transnational contexts; critical theories of women's movements in the Middle East; digital activism; gender and ethics of nonviolence; and contemporary history of social and political thought.

Hammerschlag's research focuses on the position of Judaism in the post-World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches, including philosophy, literary studies and intellectual history. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (2010).

For more information, contact: or (909) 607-2046.

The Joseph J. Hartog Lectures are sponsored by John Hartog, Class of 1974, in memory of his father.