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Upcoming Fall 2015 events in Jewish studies!

Monday November 2, Seelye 106, 4:30pm

Joel S. Kaminsky, "Would You Impugn My Justice?: Reflections on the Hebrew Bible's Understanding of Divine Reward and Punishment," Morningstar Professorship in Jewish Studies chaired professor lecture
Sponsored by the Office of the President

Tuesday November 3, 2:45-4pm (Workshop part of the Otelia Cromwell Day Symposium; see schedule for location)


Susan C. Dessel, "Brick in a Soft Hat: Activist, Suffragist, Crusader Martha Gruening, Smith Class of 1909"
Dessel, an award-winning conceptual artist, will present an illustrated talk about Martha Gruening, a Jewish suffragist, lawyer, journalist, civil rights and peace activist. Gruening's widely-read article "Two Suffrage Movements" (NAACP Journal, The Crisis, Sept. 1912) linked the struggles for women's rights and for African-American rights, and her investigation of the 1917 East St. Louis race riots resulted in the article "Massacre in East St. Louis" (The Crisis, Sept. 1917) which provides readers today with an historical perspective on the recent unrest in Ferguson, just thirteen and a half miles from E. St. Louis. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, the Program in Jewish Studies, and the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee. An exhibit of Dessel's drawings inspired by the activism of Martha Gruening will appear in the Nolan Art Lounge at the Campus Center.


Wednesday November 11, Neilson Browsing Room, 4:30pm

Assaf Gavron, "The Wild West Bank: A Novelist's Exploration of the Most Burning Topic in the Israel-Palestine Conflict"

Gavron, an award winning Israeli novelist and literary translator, will deliver a public lecture on his new novel The Hilltop, set in the world of Israel's West Bank Settlements. Gavron will talk about the intersection of literature and politics, and especially the ways in which artists can help us better understand hot-button issues on the international agenda by moving beyond the political sloganeering. Co-sponsored by the Programs in Jewish Studies, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and the Lewis Global Studies Center. For more information on Assaf Gavron, visit the author's webpage at www.assafgavron.com.

(Gavron will also offer a lunchtime talk sponsored at the Lewis Global Studies Center on the topic of "Midtown is Not the Center of Town: Challenges of Literary Translation." Gavron has translated, among others, J.D. Salinger, Philip Roth, Franz Kafka, Jonathan Safran Foer, and J.K. Rowling, into Hebrew.)

Tuesday December 1, Graham Hall, 4:30pm

Jon Papernick, "The Terrorist Mind"

Canadian novelist and short-story writer Jon Papernick will discuss his new novel The Book of Stone about cell of extremists in New York and what motivates people to turn to political violence. The Jewish Book Council calls it "a terrifying novel that illuminates dark corners of those souls who will give their life for a cause without regard for their own suffering or that of others...an astounding exploration of morality and madness." Co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of English. For more information on Jon Papernick see the author's website at www.jonpapernick.com.

 

 

Smithies abroad!

 

Emily Bell '16 with Professor Justin Cammy on the campus of Tel Aviv University, summer 2015. Emily is studying Yiddish at the university's renowned international summer program for which Cammy a visiting professor in Yiddish literature.

 


Congratulations to the Balman Prize winners:

Dia Roth '15

Suri Roth-Katz '15J

 

 

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