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Upcoming Events in The Program in Jewish Studies


Feb 25-March 7, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center
Brick in a Soft Hat Series 2 Nos 1 - 8 (Portraiture of Martha Gruening)
Opening reception with snacks and refreshments: Thurs. Feb. 25, 4:30-5:30pm
Marth Gruening (Smith class of 1909) hailed from a German-Jewish Ethical Culture background in New York. She was a pioneering suffragist, lawyer, journalist, Civil Rights, and peace activist.

Monday March 7, Seelye 105 7pm.
"On Yiddishland: Memory, Identity, and Literature," an open class of JUD 260 The Yiddish Novel with Merle Bachman (Spalding University), author of Recovering ‘Yiddishland’: Threshold Moments in American Literature

Tuesday, March 9, Seelye 201, 5pm
"Gender and Desire in the Song of Songs,"
Martien Halvorson-Taylor, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Virginia

Monday, March 28 Seelye 202 2:40-4pm
"Yiddish Feminist Writing: Esther Kreitman's The Dance of the Demons,"
an open class of JUD 260 The Yiddish Novel with Anita Norich,  Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature and Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

Monday, April 4, Seelye 106
The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, screening of documentary film in conjunction with JUD 260 The Yiddish Novel and CLT 150 The Art of Translation (open only to Smith students and faculty)

Saturday, April 2, 8:15 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall Film Screening: ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman makes her debut as writer and director with this newly released adaptation of the best-selling memoir by celebrated Israeli author Amos Oz. Introduction by Justin Cammy, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature.
FREE for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies, Hadassah, and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. For more info, visit pvjff.org.


Sunday, April 10, 12:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Film Screening: ‘Belle and Sebastian,’
This lavish adaptation of the beloved 1965 children's book is the inspiring story of an unshakeable bond between a boy and his dog set amidst the snowy French Alps during World War II. A heartwarming tale that will thrill all ages.
FREE for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies, and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. For more info, visit pvjff.org.


Great opportunities for Jewish Studies Students:

 

Intensive Summer Language Grants (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino would qualify!), deadline Monday March 14
http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/documents/IntensiveSum
LangStudy_ApplicFinal_2016.pdf

Leila Wilson Fund for the study of a Middle Eastern Language, deadline Friday March 11
http://www.smith.edu/mes/documents/MiddleEastGrantapp2016.pdf

International Experience Grants (for study, research, internships, or volunteer opportunities), due second Monday in March
http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/funding_ieg.php

Praxis stipends for summer internships, due Sunday April 29
http://www.smith.edu/lazaruscenter/pdf/praxis-application2016.pdf


JEWISH STUDIES NEAR AND FAR:

See a great article from the Connecticut Jewish Ledger about a Canton women who spent the summer in the Valley steeped in Yiddish culture

Thinking of Study Abroad? Contact our study abroad advisor, Justin Cammy, for information on Smith-approved programs.