Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity Workshop: Was the Biblical Joseph on the Spectrum?

Samuel Levine with discussant: Stephen Rosenbaum
Virtual Program, this event is open to students, faculty and staff

Samuel J. Levine DIRECTOR, JEWISH LAW INSTITUTE; PROFESSOR OF LAW TOURO LAW CENTER Stephen Rosenbaum, Berkeley Law Lecturer and Disability Studies Scholar and Advocate will serve as discussant. The biblical Joseph's behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and personal development are often difficult to understand, and at times seem to defy explanation. Professor Samuel J. Levine’s book, Was Yosef on the Spectrum? (Urim Publications, 2019), offers a coherent and cohesive reading of the well-known Hebrew Bible story, presenting a portrait of Yosef (Joseph) as an individual on the autism spectrum. Viewed through this lens, Yosef emerges as a more familiar and less enigmatic individual, exhibiting both strengths and weaknesses commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder. This talk is sponsored by the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law & Israel Studies, the Center for the Study of Law & Society, the Othering and Belonging Institute Disability Studies Cluster, the Disability Studies Minor, and the Center for Jewish Studies. Professor Samuel J. Levine joined the Touro Law Center faculty in 2010 as Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute at the Touro Law Center. He previously served as Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has published two books and more than fifty law review articles and book chapters, and he has lectured on the subjects of legal ethics, Jewish law, criminal law, law and religion, and constitutional law. Professor Levine received a J.D. from Fordham Law School, graduating cum laude and Order of the Coif, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, graduating with Highest Honors as a James Kent Scholar, and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University. Professor Stephen Rosenbaum is Frank C. Newman Lecturer at Berkeley Law and Visiting Researcher Scholar (Disability Studies) at the Othering and Belonging Institute. His research and advocacy interests include disability discrimination, dignity and self-determination and education.
Date: 
October 21, 2020
TIME: 
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 
UC Berkeley
City: 
Berkeley
Cost: 
Free

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Organized By: 
Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
Co-organizers: 
Center for the Study of Law & Society, the Othering and Belonging Institute Disability Studies Cluster, the Disability Studies Minor, and the Center for Jewish Studies
Event Contact Person: 
Rebecca Golbert
510.643.0501
Speakers: 
Samuel Levine
DIRECTOR, JEWISH LAW INSTITUTE; PROFESSOR OF LAW TOURO LAW CENTER
Stephen Rosenbaum
Berkeley Law Lecturer and Disability Studies Scholar and Advocate will serve as discussant