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January 2017

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

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

January 30, 7:00 pm, Gerrard Hall 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 have only recently come to light. The lecture/concert  features the performance…

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Seminar: Shternshis

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Morning seminar for UNC graduate students and faculty. Registration required:   Anna Shternshis: January 31 – 9:00 a.m start time When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin? Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies at the University of Toronto. She is also the Acting Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (D.Phil) in Modern Languages and…

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February 2017

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

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 @ 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, Hill Hall - please note this is a change in venue in order to accommodate a larger audience. 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…

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March 2017

Jewish Food Film Festival

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Varsity Theater, 123 E Franklin St.
Chapel Hill,
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Join us for an evening film screening of two Jewish food films:  Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream and Deli-Man. The screenings will be from 4-7pm,with Streit’s Matzo starting at 4 and Deli-Man starting at 5:30. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets or registration required. Details on the event and the films can be found here.   The Jewish Food in the Global South symposium continues on Sunday, March 5 with four panel sessions and…

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Jewish Food in the Global South: A Symposium

Visit the symposium web site for more information/registration   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 Orleans).  Panel discussions will investigate what makes a…

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

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

March 20, 5:30pm, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge 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…

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Performing Commemoration: Music and the Politics of Trauma

March 31 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 9:00 pm

Hosted by the UNC Department of Music and Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies DATES HAVE CHANGED TO: March 31-April 2, 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…

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April 2017

On the Study of Jews of Color

Update January 13: This event will be rescheduled for a different day and location. Please check back for an update in late January. LEWIS GORDON, (University of Connecticut) will discuss how stories of the Jewish people are told in a way that ignores what we have been for most of our history: people of color.  This talk will explore the circumstances that have led to such historical amnesia, and conclude with reflections on why it is important to recognize and…

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Defiant Requiem at UNC

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tickets are now on sale, sold through Carolina Performing Arts. Hosted by the UNC Department of Music and Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies April 20, 7:30 pm Memorial Hall Defiant Requiem: Verdi Requiem at Terezín 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) • Ticket information will be posted in…

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