The Wandering Jew

Wednesday, 14 March 2007 - 5:00pm6:30pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

The Wandering Jew

Cultural and Historical Pathways Through Time and Space

Richard I. Cohen

Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies
Hebrew University

"The Wandering Jew, "Ahasver, is a homeless soul who knows no rest. Emerging in Christian legend in the Middle Ages, he (very occasionally, she) has meandered through vast areas of western art as a vehicle of widely differing cultural significance. Even though he appeared in many unusual places and at particular times, he could often be seen with some characteristic traits—carrying a sack on his back, holding a staff, and wearing a small purse.

Follow international expert Richard I. Cohen as he explores the history and symbolism surrounding this archetypal traveler.

Image: The Wandering Jew, Gustave Doré