The Literary Salon Series

                            SalonsStarting in 2004 the Institute for Judaic Studies launched the "Literary Salon" series. The original "Literary Salons" were popular cultural and social gatherings in the age of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. A small number of Jewish women ran such salons before the French Revolution and full emancipation. The Jewish Museum of Berlin has an interesting discussion of those salons HERE.

Prof. Deborah Hertz of UC San Diego has written much on the subject of Berlin's Jewish society in the 18th and 19th centuries. An article on the salons by Prof. Hertz is included in the anthology Jewish Women in Historical Perspective, by Prof. Judith Baskin, Associate Dean of Humanities and director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon. Prof. Baskin was the scholar-in-residence at the Institute's 2010 Weekend in Quest.

The world today is very different  from 18th century Europe yet the concept is still very attractive: a more intimate setting to listen to and interact with a local author. Members of the Board volunteer to open their homes to a limited number of guests and host a local poet, writer or artist.
Our most recent salon was hosted by Muriel Feuer and our guest was Mark Zusman, editor of Willamette Week.