Below are the announcements, links, and materials from past & upcoming community engagements in and around Gustavus Adolphus College.


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

Click here for a recording of "Religion and the Encounter with Modernity: What Can We Learn from Jewish Urbanization?" at the Woodrow Wilson Center, June 30, 2015. 

Evening with Auschwitz child inmate Rabbi Nissan Mangel. Q&A with Dr. Samuel 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.)

Duke University Council for European Studies Fellows Max Lazar and Samuel Kessler discuss their work on Jewish populations in Central Europe and East and West Germany. (Recorded Fall 2015.)