“Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World” author presentation by Professor Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

Sunday, April 7, 10:15 am

Professor Kwall will discuss the thesis of her widely acclaimed new book, “Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World” as it applies to individuals, parents and grandparents, particularly those affiliated with Conservative Judaism, seeking to deepen their connection to Jewish tradition outside of strict compliance with the rules of Jewish law. Her book demonstrates how developing a richer set of culturally religious norms in the home can provide a foundation for transmissible Jewish tradition, and invites readers to construct their own Jewish journeys with greater mindfulness and intentionality.

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor at DePaul University College of Law. She graduated from the Brown University with a major in Religious Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She also has a master’s degree in Jewish Studies. Kwall is an internationally renowned scholar and lecturer and has written law school casebooks in property and intellectual property law as well as over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters on a wide variety of topics including Jewish law and culture, authorship rights, creativity theory, intellectual property, and women’s issues.
Kwall also has written three important monographs: “Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World,” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020); “The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and
Law in Jewish Tradition” (Oxford UP, 2015) and “The Soul of Creativity: Forging a Moral Rights Law for the United States.” (Stanford UP, 2010). Currently Kwall is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Law as well as writing an essay for this volume about lawmaking in the Conservative Movement.
Kwall has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship and in 2006, was designated as one of the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer magazine. She also has taught at Tulane Law School and is a frequent visiting professor at Reichman Law School in Israel where she teaches a course on The American Jewish Movements and Jewish law. Kwall is a keen observer of the American Jewish community and has also written numerous OpEds and articles on topics of general interest. Her popular writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and most of the major Jewish media venues such as the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Commentary Magazine, The Jerusalem Report, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward, The Jewish Week, The Lehrhaus, The Jewish Journal, Kveller, Sources Journal and eJewish Philanthropy. She also has appeared on the popular podcast Unorthodox sponsored by Tablet Magazine. Kwall is a frequent speaker about Jewish law and culture at synagogues and for Jewish organizations in the United States and Israel.

Please note that Professor Kwall’s book is available on amazon and she will be happy to sign copies at the event.