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March 4&5, 2017

Jewish Food in the Global South

This two-day symposium, March 4-5, features a cooking class at Southern Season, a film festival at the Varsity, and a full day of panel discussions and a keynote address.The symposium on Sunday, March 5 will explore Jewish food in and of the global South, a concept that references the historic diversity of the American South and its vibrant cultural intersections with the nation and the world over time. Appealing to both public and academic audiences, this symposium will feature dynamic presentations by Jewish foodways and cultural scholars, documentarians, culinary critics, and James Beard award-winning chefs. Panel discussions will investigate what makes a food “Jewish” in the diverse social and cultural contexts of our global markets and networks, and how that designation affects the lives of its creators and consumers. See the schedule and the invited speakers.  Update: The Saturday morning cooking class at Southern Season is sold out. To be placed on a waiting list, please call the store at 919.913.1239. We hope you will join us Saturday afternoon for the film festival and Sunday for the symposium!

Jewis-Food-Global-South-600pxJewish Food in the Global South is in the current edition of Garden and Gun Magazine:
Arts & Culture: The Southern Agenda: February/March 2017
Goings-on in the South and beyond North CarolinaThe Family Meal
Most people don’t think of the South as a cradle of Jewish food tradition, but our stew of culinary influences includes latkes and matzo—and other less obvious foodstuffs, too. For example: “Thomas Jefferson credited Dr. John de Sequeyra, the only Jew in Williamsburg, Virginia, with introducing the tomato to the United States,” says Joan Nathan, a food writer who will be among the speakers at the University of North Carolina’s Jewish Food in the Global South symposium (March 4–5) in Chapel Hill. James Beard Award–winning chefs Alon Shaya of Shaya in New Orleans and Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill will join her. “Jews brought their dishes to cities like Charleston, Richmond, and New Orleans and made them Southern,” Nathan says. “I’ve even heard of people making gefilte fish with catfish, which isn’t kosher, but maybe they didn’t know that.” Whether or not you can tell rugelach from hamantaschen, you’re invited to join in two days of films, panels, lectures, and cooking classes. “Sitting down to a traditional meal for the Sabbath is what has kept all of us Jews together for so many years,” Nathan says. That’s a sentiment Southerners of all backgrounds can appreciate.—

January 10: Tickets now on sale: Defiant Requiem: Verdi Requiem at Terezín

Hosted by tmurry-sidlin-1-october-2012-photo-credit-jeff-roffman-1he UNC Department of Music and co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

April 20, 7:30 pm, Memorial Hall

  • UNC Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, soloists Louise Toppin, Mary Gayle Greene, Timothy Sparks, Marc Callahan, and guest conductor Murry Sidlin
  • $10 general admission ($5 students and UNC faculty/staff)

The UNC campus will host the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, which tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.

Event details can be found on our event listing and on the Dept. of Music web site

Tickets are sold through Carolina Performing Arts.

Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available. PDF.


Registration now open:

mel-brooks-e1480532697425The Uhlman Family Seminar: Jewish Song, Comedy, and Storytelling in the Old and New Worlds
May 6, 9:15 am – 5:30 p.m. / Location TBA

This year’s annual Uhlman Family Seminar will focus on Jewish culture as revealed through entertainment: music, film, folklore, humor, and the storytelling components present in all of these arts. Discussions will focus on Jewish folklore, Warsaw’s cabaret scene, the Jewish influence in Hollywood, and the origins of contemporary Jewish humor. This seminar is offered by the Program in Humanities and Human Values and is made possible by a grant from the Uhlman Family Fund. Pre-registration is required.


Visit the UNC Program in the Humanities web site for full event description and registration.

Upcoming Events for Spring 2017

Mar 4&5: “Jewish Food in the Global South: A Symposium”

Mar 20: “Consuming Temples: German Jews and Consumer Culture on Both Sides of the Atlantic,” with Paul Lerner, Univ. of Southern California

March 31-April 2: “Performing Commemoration: Music and the Politics of Trauma,” conference hosted by the Dept. of Music

April 18: “On the Study of Jews of Color,” with Lewis Gordon, UConn
Note: this event was rescheduled for April 18, 5:30pm, Dey Hall.

Apr 20: “Defiant Requiem at UNC,” performance hosted by the Dept. of Music

May 6: Uhlman Family Seminar: “Jewish Song, Comedy, and Storytelling in the Old and New Worlds”

PrintReconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
April 10-12, 2016
The Center hosted a three-day conference featured academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research.Thank you to all who attended the conference. We have recently added the following: program guide, photos and videos and student research posters from the conference.

eli.classroom.2015webDistinguished Service: For more than a decade, Eli Evans, ’58, founding chair of the Center’s advisory board, has been visiting Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris’ classroom to meet with her students. This month he combined the classroom visit with receiving the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service in the College of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes individuals who have served the College through exceptional vision, commitment and leadership.

travis.alexander2.2015webInvesting in Students… and their Exceptional Research: Research topics explored by Carolina students have ranged from Jewish communities in Moldova, to Jewish-American composer Kurt Weill, Jewish and Islamic schools in North Carolina, Holocaust survivors in Lithuania, and Israeli medical centers. Their research topics and travel destinations are as diverse and individualized as the students themselves, but one thing remains constant—they need funding to pursue these projects. Read more about how our students spent their summer.