Berlin may have been the capital of Weimar, Germany, but Hamburg, the port city 200 miles northwest, emerged in interwar Germany as a unique setting for intellectual life. Through the interconnected lives of three German-Jewish scholars Aby Warburg, Ernst Cassirer, and Erwin Panofsky, Emily J. Levine tells the forgotten story of this commercial city’s transformation into a cultural center and the significant role that the city played for the German Jewish experience.


Emily J. Levine

(University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

The Sady and Ludwig Kahn Lecture in German Jewish Studies

Emily J. Levine is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her B.A. from Yale University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her research centers on German Jews, European culture, and intellectual history, and the relationships between contexts and ideas. Her first book, Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (University of Chicago Press) was published in December 2013. In academic year 2012–2013 she was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Berlin. She is at work on a new project about the transatlantic origins of the modern research university.


Moderator: Todd Presner

Sponsored by the:

UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies

Cosponsored by the:

UCLA Art History

UCLA Germanic Languages

UCLA History