Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Larry Axel Memorial Lecture

I just presented the Larry Axel Memorial Lecture at Purdue University. The talk was entitled, "Big Givers: The Origins of Jewish Philanthropy." The publicity paragraph reads:
Whether by naming buildings, erecting plaques, or publishing name-lists, our practice of recognizing donors is so common that we hardly notice it. This lecture will examine the origins of the practice in antiquity, paying particular attention to Jews in late antiquity. When and why did Jewish philanthropy, and the public recognition of big donors, emerge? We will consider both material and literary evidence.


Fred Mannis said...

An interesting topic. Will you be making the text available?

Michael Satlow said...

Possibly. In the interim, some of the content is derived from my article, "Fruit and the Fruit of Fruit," which was published in the Jewish Quarterly Review.