Contact Info


Phone: (504) 866-8793

Director: Ronna Burger, Department of Philosophy

Secretary: Nancy Tatarski

Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel:

Newcomb Campus
1229 Broadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Judeo-Christian Studies Chair


Christine Hayes - Whats Divine About Divine Law

Upcoming Events, Fall 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

Rogers Memorial Chapel

Hugh McCloskey Evans Memorial Lecture


"What's So Divine about Divine Law"

Christine Hayes

Christine Hayes is Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, where she has taught since 1996, following three years teaching in the Princeton Near Eastern Studies Department. She received her BA from Harvard and PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Berkeley. Her award-winning books include Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds (Oxford 1997) and Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud (Oxford 2002). Prof. Hayes' Introduction to the Bible (Yale 2012) is based on her widely viewed online Bible class in the Open Yale Courses program. Her most recent book, What’s Divine About Divine Law? (Princeton 2015), examines the classical and biblical roots of the Western idea of divine law.

Events are in the Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, Newcomb Campus of Tulane University, 1229 Broadway. They are open to the University community and public at no charge. For further information call 504-866-8793 or e-mail


Recent Events, 2015


Roslyn Weiss

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Mary Anna and Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman Memorial Lecture

Roslyn Weiss

"The Transcendent God of Goodness"

Roslyn Weiss is the Clara H. Stewardson Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University, where she has been teaching since 1991. She received her PhD in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew College. She has held Fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities, the Princeton University Center for Human Values, Earhart Foundation, and the Center for Hellenic Studies, among others. Prof. Weiss is the author of books on Plato’s Crito (Oxford 1998), Plato’s Meno (Oxford 2001), the Socratic Paradox (Chicago 2006), and most recently, Philosophers in the Republic: Plato’s Two Paradigms (Cornell 2012), along with numerous articles and presentations on the Hebrew Bible, Maimonides, and other medieval Jewish thinkers..


Monday, April 20, 2015

The Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Memorial Lecture

Joshua Parens, Douglas Kries, and Joseph MacFarland

"Prophet, King, and Philosopher in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought"

Panel with the Directors of the National Endowment for the Humanities 2014 Summer Seminar, Medieval Political Philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian.


Other Lectures

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Rogers Memorial Chapel Seminar Room
Speaker: Steven Berg, Department of Philosophy, Bellarmine University, Louisville
Discussion Leader: Michael Golluber, St. John’s College, Santa Fe
"Dante's Inferno: Biblical Tradition and Greek Philosophy"

Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Chair

Prof. Ronna Burger, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, is the Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Chair in Judeo-Christian Studies. This chair was endowed through a generous gift of Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman. Prof. Burger’s intellectual path has taken her from an early interest in the Bible and its interpretation to Greek philosophy and most recently to the question of the relation between them. This path is reflected in her scholarly pursuits and her teaching at Tulane, where she has found an intellectual home for over three decades.

Read more about Professor Burger's appointment

Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel 

Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane University

Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel Location:

Newcomb Campus of Tulane University

1229 Broadway St.

New Orleans, LA 70118

[Google Maps link]

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 504-865-4000