The fourteenth annual conference of the North American Levinas Society will convene at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) from July 23 to 25, 2019, on the theme Vulnerability.

We will be featuring keynote addresses by Deborah Achtenberg and Brian Bergen-Aurand, as well as book sessions on new works by Cynthia Coe, Drew Dalton, and Steven Shankman.

Please see information below on registration, and follow the links for more details on the program, travel, and local accommodations. Additional inquiries can be sent to Leah Kalmanson at

NALS is grateful to acknowledge the support of Drake’s Office of the Provost, the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines for their contribution to student conference volunteers, and Tifereth Israel Synagogue for their contribution toward the NALS Graduate Student Essay Awards.


Faculty and general registration is $130 plus $30 membership fees. Graduate student registration is $70 plus $15 membership fees. These rates will be in effect until June 1, after which the faculty and general rate will increase to $150.

Register online here.

Access to the conference is free to all Drake University faculty, staff, and students, as well as to members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Please follow the link above to register and receive a complimentary ticket.