Tate Lecture Series






The Alice L. Tate Lectures in Judaic Studies are held annually, made possible by the generous endowment of Alice L. Tate who also endowed the Isaac Swift Distinguished Professorship in Judaic Studies at UNC Charlotte.

Alice L. Tate  was born in 1916 into the prominent families of Robert Lindsay Tate and Lois Holt Tate. Both the Tate and the Holt families had built up the textile industry in North Carolina in the early to mid 1800s.  Alice Tate moved to New York in 1937 to study opera, and remained there until her death in 1987.  Throughout her life, she created several trust funds to support UNC Charlotte such as scholarships for African-American students; an endowed professorship in African-American and African Studies; a Judaica and Hebraica Library Fund;  a Judaic Studies Endowment Fund to support the Isaac Swift Professorship in Judaic Studies; and symposia Japan and Japanese culture.  She also provided financial and moral support to civil rights causes throughout her life.

Alice Lindsay Tate died in New York City on May 2, 1987 and was buried in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Vist the J. Murrey Atkins Library Archives website to learn more about her life, and about the Alice Tate Special Collections holdings of over 10,000 items, including 895 photographs, 40 vinyl disc sound recordings, 5 reel-to-reel sound recordings, and 7 cassette sound recordings!

Here is a roster of past lecturers with their affiliations and topics.


David Biale, Graduate Theological Union, “Multiculturalism and the Jews” (April 6, Jewish Community Center), “Blood and Belief in Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations” (April 7)


Michael S. Berger, Emory University, “‘Who is a Jew’ and Israel Today” (March 29, Jewish Community Center), “The State of Israel and Jewish Messianism” (March 30)


Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University (Nobel laureate), “Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition” (March 23, Jewish Community Center), “One Culture, or the Commonalities and Differences between the Arts and Sciences” (March 24)


Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College, “From Warsaw to Selma: A Daughter’s Reflections on Abraham Joshua Heschel” (April 9, Jewish Community Center), “When Jesus was an Aryan: Protestant Theology in Nazi Germany” (April 10)


Igor Dukhan, Belarussian State University, Minsk, “Jewish Avant-garde Art Versus Russian and Soviet Art” (April 1, Jewish Community Center), “Time in Jewish Avant-garde Art” (April 2)


Lenn E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University, “Do Jews and Muslims Worship the Same God?” (November 11, Jewish Community Center), “Creative Interactions Between Jewish and Islamic Philosophy” (November 11)


Nancy A. Harrowitz, Boston University, “The Writing of the Holocaust: Reading Primo Levi” (March 21, Jewish Community Center), “Primo Levi and the Science of Writing” (March 22)


Nidra Poller, “The View from Europe: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism and Anti-Americanism” (April 6)


Marc Bregman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Midrash as Visualization: The Art of the Aqedah”  (Jewish Community Center, April 23), “Non-Biblical Scrolls: New Evidence of the Earliest Post-Biblical Writings”  (April 24)


Michael E. Stone, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, “The Other Messiah: A Priestly Messiah from Levi in Ancient Jewish Sources”  (April 24), “Was There a Jewish Bible Before 70 CE?”  (Jewish Community Center, April 26)


Peter Ochs, University of Virginia, “A Tent of Meeting for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Scriptural Reasoners” (April 6, Jewish Community Center), “Scriptural Reasoning: Shared Jewish-Christian-Muslim Study”  (April 7)


Jonathan Z. Smith, University of Chicago, “When the Chips are Down: A Symposium with Jonathan Z. Smith”


Nora Rebel, University of Rochester, “Doubting the Devout: The Ultra-Orthodox in the Jewish American Imagination”


Rebecca Alpert,  Temple University, “Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball”


Jonathan Boyarin, UNC Chapel Hill, “Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Summer on the Lower East Side.”


Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus”


Carol Meyers, Duke University, "Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present" 


Annette Yoshiko Reed, New York University "The Apocalypse and its Jewish Afterlives" 


Sara Imhoff, Indiana University, Bloomington, "Jesse Sampter, Zionist "Cripple"" Changing How We See Religion and Disability"


Eva Mroczek, University of California, Davis, "Out of the Cave: Manuscript Discovery and New Biblical Pasts"                                                    

2022 Lewis R. Gordon, University of Connecticut, "Jewish Diversity and 'Jews of Color'"