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Each semester, the Center hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students, and interested undergraduates. Reservations are required as lunch will be provided. Reading materials are often sent in advance of the lunch seminar.

Lunch will be provided so reservations are required.
Lunch seminars are held at the Center in Pettigrew Hall, first floor.

Spring 2017 Schedule:

Ruth von Bernuth: January 24 – 12:30 pm start time
Professor von Bernuth is the director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and associate professor of early modern German Studies (1500-1750), Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. This will be an informal talk and discussion regarding Professor von Bernuth’s recently published book, How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: The Life and Times of a Yiddish Folk Tradition. Learn more.


NEW: Anna Shternshis: January 31 – 9:00 a.m start time
MORNING EVENT: 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 Literatures from Oxford University in 2001.  Shternshis is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006). Her second book tentatively entitled When Sonia Met Boris: Jewish Daily Life in Soviet Russia is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her bio.


Gabrielle Berlinger: February 20 – 12:15 pm start time
Professor Berlinger, the Babette S. and Bernard J. Tanenbaum Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, and assistant professor, Dept. of American Studies, will meet with UNC graduate students to discuss her research interests:  Searching for Home in the Ephemeral Architecture of the Sukkah. Her bio.


Elissa Sampson: March 6 – 12:15 pm start time
Traveling with Di Linke: The Road to War-Time Unity for the Yiddish Left. The International Workers Order (IWO) was shut down by New York State’s Insurance Department a few days after the Supreme Court took them off the Attorney General’s “Red List.” Legally chartered in New York as a Fraternal Aid Society, its Yiddish-speaking Jewish People’s Fraternal Order (JPFO) lodges provided members with needed, well-priced life and health insurance benefits. The JPFO’s politics were undeniably aligned with those of the USSR, an alliance which seemed especially plausible during the later part of World War II. We will review materials from a confiscated archive to focus on a time in which the JPFO successfully campaigned to be admitted to a Jewish organizational leadership role alongside mainstream Jewish groups.



Armin Langer:  March 21 – 1 pm start time
A graduate student of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam in Germany, our guest will talk about Jewish politics in Germany. A paper will be circulated to registered attendees in advance of the seminar. Co-sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation.




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