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October 2015

Community Lecture: The Torah and the Mishnah as Responses to the Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem

SHAYE J.D. COHEN, Littauer Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University, will discuss the twin destructions of the Jerusalem Temple (587 BCE and 70 CE) and how, in each case, the destruction was followed by the emergence of an authoritative book that would shape Judaism to this day. Neither the Torah nor the Mishnah is an explicit response to the Temple’s destruction, but in each case the event prepared the way…

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Lunch Seminar: John Reeves

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch seminar for UNC graduate students and faculty. Details TBA.

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Academic Lecture: Thomas Mann’s Race: Germans, Brazilians and Jews

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hosted by the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Network: VERONIKA FEUCHTNER, associate professor of German and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth College, will  follow the traumatic history of immigration and acculturation of Julia Mann.  The fact that Thomas Mann’s mother came from Brazil rarely factors into readings of Mann’s life and work, but this talk will examine the resulting anxieties about her racial background and their relationship to anxieties around Jewishness in the Mann family.

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November 2015

Community Lecture: South and Further South: American Jewry and the Atlantic World

AVIVA BEN-UR, an associate professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst who specializes in Atlantic Jewish history and slavery studies, will explain how, during the Atlantic age, the Jewish epicenter was not in colonial North America or the U.S., but in the Caribbean and will explore the position of Jews within an Atlantic context, paying close attention to connections between the U.S. South and Caribbean. Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the…

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February 2016

Community Lecture: How Tevye Learned to Fiddle

February 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Co-hosted with Duke Jewish Studies. ANITA NORICH, the Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and author of several books on Yiddish literature and translation, will compare four film versions (in Yiddish, English, Hebrew, and Russian) of Fiddler on the Roof and the Sholem Aleichem novel on which the film is loosely based. The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies

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Community Lecture: Excavations in the Ancient Synagogue of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee

February 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

JODI MAGNESS, a Kenan Distinguished Professor at UNC, has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee since 2011. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness will share these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in the summer 2015 season. Event location TBA. Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish…

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March 2016

Community Lecture: Family Papers: A Sephardi Journey Through the 20th Century

March 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SARAH STEIN, professor of history and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA, will explore why a family saves its paper and how the instinct for preservation defies wars, fire, genocide, migration and family feuds. While this lecture tells the history of a single family, it is also a reflection on how one family archive came to be built and preserved, and how it knit together a family even as the historic Sephardi heartland of southeastern Europe was unraveling.…

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