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Event Schedule for Spring 2017



Jan 30: Holocaust Remembrance Day event: “Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II,” vocal and piano performance, with Anna Shternshis, U Toronto, and Psoy Korolenko


Feb 13: “Yiddish Performances by Holocaust Survivors,” with Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers


DR-june-29Feb 23: “Defiant Requiem” film screening hosted by the Dept. of Music


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


Layout 1March 31-April 2: “Performing Commemoration: Music and the Politics of Trauma,” conference hosted by the Dept. of Music


Apr 17: “On the Study of Jews of Color,” with Lewis Gordon, UConn


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

Course Offerings for spring 2017 are now posted.

JWST697 Capstone Course, Spring 2017
The Holocaust, Memory and Historical Methodology
Thursday, 2-4:45 , Instructor: Professor Karen Auerbach  jwst697-flyerspring2017

This seminar will familiarize students with classic works of Holocaust historiography as well as with newer works that challenge old interpretations and methodologies. We will investigate debates about the origins and historicization of the Holocaust; the role of Hitler in decision-making and the Nazi bureaucracy; the development of antisemitism; the uses of sources, from archival documents to victim testimony; theories of genocide and colonialism; comparative genocide; memory and the “myth of silence”; and other themes. Readings will ask how historians can write a narrative reconstruction of events while “probing the limits of representation,” in the words of Saul Friedländer.

Study Abroad: Argentina
The UNC Study Abroad Office, the Romance Studies Department and the Center for Jewish Studies are delighted to offer an undergraduate summer study abroad program in Spanish with a focus on immigration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This interdisciplinary program will highlight immigrant life in Buenos Aires, one of the most multicultural and historically diverse cities in Latin America. The Jewish culture and history will also be studied in a transnational frame, addressing immigration and global issues. Since the nineteenth century and following a national immigration policy, Buenos Aires grew to be the home of the largest Jewish community in Latin America and one of the largest urban Jewish communities in the world. Modern Buenos Aires offers a rich, diverse life along with other historical and cultural opportunities for students to explore. This is a UNC faculty-led program.Learn more: UNC Study Abroad web siteProgram flyer: fa16_flyer_argentina
Huqoq-mosaic-fish--300x210Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor. The excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, a professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences, along with Assistant Director Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The mosaic panels decorating the floor of the synagogue’s nave (center of the hall) portray two biblical stories: Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea. The panel with Noah’s Ark depicts an ark and pairs of animals, including elephants, leopards, donkeys, snakes, bears, lions, ostriches, camels, sheep and goats. The scene of the parting of the Red Sea shows Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers. For more information

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.