Below are the announcements, links, and materials from past & upcoming community

engagements sponsored by the Bonnier Chair in and around Gustavus Adolphus College.

2018 - present


Dr. John Cha, Reverend Siri Erickson, Dr. Fuad Naeem, and Dr. Samuel J. Kessler as panelists for “God and Evil After The Holocaust,” Gustavus Adolphus College, March 2019.

Click here for a copy of my remarks from the Bonnier Chair Inaugural Reception (Monday, October 29, 2018) at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Dr. Mia G. Laufer, Dr. Samuel J. Kessler, Reverend Åke Bonnier, Ms. Kristina Bonnier, and Dr. Casey Elledge at the Bonnier Chair Inauguration, Gustavus Adolphus College, October 2019.

Evening with Auschwitz child inmate Rabbi Nissan Mangel. Q&A with Dr. Samuel J. Kessler, Department of Religion and Culture at VT. Filmed at the Moss Arts Center on 4/24/17. 

Q&A begins at minute 1:39:00.

Click here for Collegiate Times (VT student newspaper) article on event. 

Hillel @ Virginia Tech

"Between Responsibility and Human Frailty." (Source packet here.)

"Leadership." (Source packet here.)

"Lashon Hara." (Source packet here.)

"The Meaning of Elul." (Source packet here.)

"Wine and Intoxication in Classic Jewish Sources." (Source packet here.)

"Dina de-Malkhuta Dina, The Law of the Kingdom is the Law." (Source packet here.

"Shabbat HaChodesh, Sabbath of the New Month." (Source packet here.

Blacksburg Jewish Community Center

"The Efficacy of Prayer." (Source packet here.)

"'Love the Stranger!': Jewish Practice and Theology after the Enlightenment." (Source packet here.)