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Robert S. Schine

Curt C. and Else Silberman Professor of Jewish Studies

Professor of Religion

 work(802) 443-5151
 Spring Semester: Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30, Tuesdays 3-4,
 Munroe Hall 211

Professor Schine teaches Jewish Studies, with courses encompassing the history of Jewish thought, especially from the Enlightenment on, the history of Zionism, and also Hebrew Bible and Classical Hebrew.

In his scholarship Professor Schine focuses on German-Jewish thought and culture.  He is the author of Jewish Thought Adrift: Max Wiener 1882-1950 (Scholars Press, 1992; 2nd edition, 2020) and of Hermann Cohen, Spinoza on State and Religion, Judaism and Christianity, an annotated translation, with introduction, of Cohen’s 1915 essay (Shalem Press, Jerusalem, 2014).  He is also co-editor, with Samuel Moyn, and translator of an anthology, Hermann Cohen: Writings on Neo-Kantianism and Jewish Philosophy (Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought, Brandeis University Press, 2021). He has written articles on Cohen, on the Hebrew writer Hayyim Nahman Bialik and on the early history of Jewish life in rural New York and Vermont, collaborating on an exhibit on the history of the Jews at the Slate Valley Museum. Research for the exhibit led to the discovery, in the American Jewish Archives, of the earliest "Minutes Book" of a Jewish congregation in Vermont, shedding light on the social and economic conditions and the language of Vermont's early Jews and culminating in a publication, "'Members of this Book': The Pinkas of Vermont's First Jewish Congregation," which appeared in the American Jewish Archives Journal (2008).

A member of the Middlebury faculty since 1985, he is the first holder of the Curt C. and Else Silberman Chair in Jewish Studies.  From 1997 to 2004, he served in the academic administration, first as Dean of Faculty and then as Vice Provost.  From 2005 to 2011 he was Head of Brainerd Commons, one of the College's five residential Commons.  He has also served as chair of the Classics Department and of the Religion Department, as Director of Middle East Studies and as the first Director of the Program in Jewish Studies.  He holds degrees from Kenyon College (BA, Religious Studies), the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br. (MA, Major in Philosophy, Minor in Classics) and the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (PhD, Jewish Philosophy).

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Department of Religion

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753