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The Ruderman lecture enriches Jewish Studies at Northeastern by bringing to campus leading scholars and artists to explore a range of ideas and cultural perspectives. The Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecture brings world-renowned speakers to students at Northeastern University, increases visibility and adds prestige to the Jewish Studies Program, and contributes to the critical exchange of ideas in our increasingly complex and diverse society. Speakers not only deliver a public lecture to a large audience but also regularly teach a master class to undergraduate and graduate students as part of their visit to the Northeastern campus.

Supported by a grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation, the lecture honors the memory of distinguished alumnus Morton E. Ruderman and his commitment to the study of Jews and Judaism at Northeastern University.

The distinguished list of speakers includes:

2019 Michael Pollan, What Can Psychedelics Teach Us About Spirituality?

2018 David N. Myers, Why is Jewish History So Important Today? An Impassioned Plea for Studying the Past

2017 Paul Wolpe, Frankenstein and the Golem

2015 Jodi Rudoren, Journalism in a Land of Few Facts

2014 Brooke Gladstone (moderator), Jane Eisner, Mark Oppenheimer, and Dina Kraft, On the Jewish Media

2013, Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

2012 Art Spiegelman, What the %@&*! Happened to Comics? A lecture with images

More information about each lecture can be found here.