What are the commonalities? What are the connections? Tensions and conflicts between Jews, Muslims and Christians appear in the news every day. But what can we learn when we examine the historical threads and unravel stories of connection and collaboration that defy those headlines? Drawing from a story of personal discovery, Davidson-Gómez leads a vivid and vigorous discussion that reveals medieval Spain as a crossroads connecting the Golden Age of Islam, Sephardic Judaism, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Davidson-Gómez shows how Spain, as a channel for the flow of ideas and technology into a Europe that was parched by relative isolation, led advances in science, math, poetry, music, architecture, and politics that would ripple across the world. This centuries-old, inspiring story of collaboration – and a cautionary tale of conflict – could not be timelier. This presentation is interactive. Come experience how Davidson-Gómez connects these disparate elements and shows how they are relevant to our lives today.
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