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September 2016

Women in Ancient Israel and Hebrew Bible

SUSAN ACKERMAN, (Dartmouth College), will discuss how the Hebrew Bible is a book that was primarily written by men, for men, and about men, and thus the biblical text is not particularly forthcoming when it comes to the lives and experiences of women. However, this lecture looks at the ways in which scholars have been able to combine a careful reading of the biblical text with anthropological and archaeological data, and with comparative evidence from the larger biblical world, to reconstruct certain features of ancient Israelite…

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November 2016

Academic Lecture: Antisemitism in France in 2016: A Survey

November 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

JEAN-YVES CAMUS (Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques) will share the facts and figures of antisemitism in 2016, with a look back on the period beginning with the start of the Second Intifada, which is  when the figures  reach an unprecedented level. The talk will also take a look at the perpetrators of antisemitic violence and the continuity of the prejudices. Jean-Yves Camus is Director of the Observatoire des Radicalités Politiques (ORAP) and Associate Researcher at Institut de Relations Internationales…

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The Cultural Significance of the Ghetto in Venice

November 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hyde Hall,
UNC CH NC United States
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The Cultural Significance of the Ghetto of Venice for Jewish History: A reflection on the 500th anniversary of its Founding November 3, Hyde Hall, 5:30pm DAVID RUDERMAN (University of Pennsylvania) will evoke scenes of the Venetian ghetto which was established 500 years ago in March 1516. This lecture will explore the ghetto’s intellectual life, reflect on some previous historical approaches, and contextualize the ghetto experience within the larger framework of early modern and modern Jewish history. *** David B. Ruderman is…

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Rosenwald – film screening and discussion with Aviva Kempner

Film Screening and Discussion: ROSENWALD:  The great story of a Jewish and African American partnership in the South during Jim Crow times Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South November 7, 7:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE WE ARE STARTING COMMUNITY LECTURES AT 7:00PM THIS YEAR. William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education AVIVA KEMPNER’S film is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of…

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January 2017

Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II

January 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 30, 7:00 pm, Gerrard Hall PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR COMMUNITY LECTURES WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM THIS YEAR. Holocaust Remembrance Day event: Singer-songwriter PSOY KOROLENKO and historian ANNA SHTERNSHIS (University of Toronto) bring to life “lost” Yiddish songs of the World War II in this all-new concert and lecture program. Collected by Moshe Beregovsky and other scientists of the Kiev Cabinet for Jewish Culture, these previously unknown Yiddish songs were confiscated and hidden by the Soviet government in 1949, and…

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February 2017

And now I have to read in Jewish something: Yiddish Performances by Holocaust Survivors

February 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

JEFFREY SHANDLER (Rutgers University), will explore the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive—the largest collection of videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors—which includes hundreds of interviews conducted entirely or partially in Yiddish. In dozens of these videos, survivors sing a song or recite a poem in the language, in the course of recounting their life histories.  These recitals of poetry and song reveal survivors’ commitment to demonstrating the creative power of Yiddish in the midst of recalling widespread destruction.   Please…

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Film Screening: Defiant Requiem

February 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hosted by the UNC Department of Music and Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies February 23, 7:30 pm, Kenan Rehearsal Hall, Kenan Music Building S This feature-length documentary film highlights the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp during World War II: the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941.

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March 2017

Jewish Food in the Global South: A Symposium

March 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

March 5, Location TBA This is preliminary information; please check back in late 2016 for updated details. This symposium will explore the historical trends and current cultural practices surrounding “Jewish” food in and of the American South. Appealing to both public and academic audiences, this workshop will feature dynamic presentations by Jewish foodways and cultural scholars, culinary critics, and James Beard award-winning chefs and writers, including Joan Nathan (Wash., DC), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), and Alon Shaya (Shaya, New…

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Consuming Temples: German Jews and Consumer Culture on Both Sides of the Atlantic

March 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

March 20, 5:30pm, Location TBA PAUL LERNER (University of Southern California) will discuss the intertwined histories of German Jews and consumer culture, focusing on department stores in pre-Nazi Germany and advertising, malls, and amusement parks in post-war America, showing how Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria shaped American consumer culture in the 20th century. Concentrating on several key figures, this lecture will follow the paths of architects, designers, and publicists who brought European notions of planning and Freudian psychoanalysis overseas…

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Performing Commemoration: Music and the Politics of Trauma

March 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - March 26, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Hosted by the UNC Department of Music and Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies March 24-26, venue TBA. This is preliminary information, please check back in early 2017 for updated details. This is a three-day academic conference in which invited scholars from around the world will discuss the role of music in the performance of commemoration, in order to understand how diverse states, governments, organizations, communities, and individuals across the globe deploy the specter of trauma for public,…

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