Tues Feb 12, 2013 12-1pm
"Earthquake or Status Quo? : Interpreting the Israeli Election"
Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Government Department
Global Studies Center, Wright Hall
Moderator: Justin Cammy, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of Middle East Studies
Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government
Michal Frenkel, Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Monday, April 2, 2012 4:15 p.m.
"Travel Through the Jewish Dark Continent:Folklore and the Quest for Jewish Ethnography"
Professor Nathaniel Deutsch, UC Santa Cruz
Neilson Browsing Room
NATHANIEL DEUTSCH, Professor of History and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz will discuss his book, The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement (Harvard University Press), in which he reconstructs aspiring ethnographer An-sky's fact-finding trip through the Pale of Settlement, animating Russian Jewish life in the early 20th century.
At the turn of the 20th century, more than 40 percent of the world’s Jews lived within the Russian empire, almost all in the Pale of Settlement. The Jews of the Pale created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders.
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
FILM: Matchmaker (Israel)
Both films sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
FILM:Grace Paley Collected Shorts
Tuesday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.
"Ritual Murder and the Complex Relations between Jews and the Catholic Church in the Early Modern Period"
Professor Magda Teter, Wesleyan University
Seelye Hall 310
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
"Sacred Trash:The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizah"
Peter Cole and Andina Hoffman
Campus Center 205
"Sacred Trash," poet and translator Peter Cole and essayist Adina Hoffman tell the story of the retrieval from an Egyptian geniza—or repository for worn-out texts—of the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered.
This tale of buried scholarly treasure weaves together unforgettable portraits of Solomon Schechter and the other heroes of this drama with explorations of the medieval documents themselves.
Presenting a panoramic view of 900 years of vibrant Mediterranean Judaism, Hoffman and Cole bring modern readers into the heart of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the Living Sea Scrolls.”
Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.
"The Other in the Hebrew Bible"
Professor John Collins, Yale University
Professor Justin Cammy imagining a visionary cultural translation project while speaking with the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project on August 25, 2011.
Professor Lois Dubin talks about growing up Jewish in Montreal at the Center of Jewish History. Click here and type in "Jewish Montreal"
Jewish Studies graduate Anna Allen '11 and Smith students Daniele Goldberg '12 and Lena Sernoff '14 featured in a new documentary.
November 15, 2011
"Traveling Back, Journeying Abroad: Revisiting the
Holocaust in Central Europe"
A screening of Fighter with after-film discussion by Justin Cammy
(Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature), Ernest Benz (History)
and Janelle Murphy (CET Prague)
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
"THOU SHALL NOT MAKE IDOLS:A NEW APPROACH TO CONTEMPORARY JEWISH ART"
Ben Schachter, Associate Professor, Saint Vincent College Monday, November 7, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room
Monday, April 11, 2011
In Search of Lost Worlds: The Work of Documentary Film Maker Pearl Gluck
Location: Neilson Browsing Room - Get the poster
4:30-6:00 pm AHEYM (HOMEWARD): The Adventure to Rescue the Last Yiddish Stories of Eastern Europe
Film screening and discussion with Pearl Gluck In 2003, a historian and a linguist set out to collect as many Yiddish stories as they could findâ€”told by people still living in their Eastern European hometowns. AHEYM, the acronym, means "homeward" in Yiddish. The film includes approximately 800 hours of Yiddish-language interviews with 350 individuals, most born between 1900 and 1930. It is one of the most ambitious ethnographic projects in modern Jewish history. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Lecture Committee, the Program in Jewish Studies, and the Archives Concentration
7:30-10:00 pm DIVAN: A Rebel's Quest for Mystical Couch and Personal Reinvention
Film screening and discussion with Pearl Gluck, part of the Weaving Jewish Women's History lecture series.To reclaim an ancestral couch upon which esteemed Hasidic rabbis slept, Pearl Gluck travels from Brooklyn to her roots in Hungary. Along the way a colorful cast of characters gets involved: a couch exporter, her ex-communist cousin in Budapest, a pair of matchmakers, and a renegade group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews. Divan is a visual parable that offers the possibility of personal reinvention and cultural re-upholstery. More about the film. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Lecture Committee, the Program in Jewish Studies, and the Program in Film Studies
PVJFF @ Smith!
Each year the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents two weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. The PVJFF collaborates with Smith College to show several films on campus, "providing audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics. The festival offers, among other things, a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture via film can learn, be inspired, and enjoy being together.... Join us and be reminded how film works as a medium to help us to understand who we are, where we are from, what life is like for others around the globe, and how all of this relates to ourcontemporary lives and choices." Tickets for all PVJFF events at Smith (excluding Off and Running) are free to students/faculty/staff with a valid Smith College ID - CLICK HERE to learn how to purchase tickets, and for the complete festival
Sunday, March 27 - all in Stoddard Hall Auditorium
A Hebrew Lesson - 11:00 am
(Documentary | 2006 | 123 min, subtitles)
With intimacy, humor and charm, this film tells the stories of several students in a multicultural Hebrew language class in Tel Aviv: a Russian lawyer who moved to Israel to be near his daughter; a Chinese maid who came for work; an independent, but unemployed German woman who is reliant on her Israeli partner; and others. Named Best Series Documentary by the Israeli Film Academy. Followed by a FilmTalk with Ilona Ben-Moshe, Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Smith College. Part of the Smith College Israeli Film Festival. Co-Sponsors: Smith College Jewish Studies Program, Consulate General of Israel to New Englan
My So-Called Enemy - 2:30 pm
(Documentary | 2010 | 89 min, in English, Arabic, Hebrew w/ subtitles)
In 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls came to the US for the Building Bridges for Peace leadership program. Focusing on the stories of 6 of these intelligent and articulate young women, the film shows how the experience of knowing their "enemies" as human beings meets the realities of the girls' lives back home over the next 7 years. This film is about multi-faith and multi-cultural understanding and about the human consequences of all conflicts. It will open your heart and your mind. Followed by a FilmTalk with Melodye Feldman, MSW, Building Bridges for Peace facilitator (featured in the film) and Founder of Seeking Common Ground and Smith alumna Cynthia Wade, Academy Award-winning Cinematographer/Director, who worked on this film.Part of the Smith College Israeli Film Festival. Co-Sponsors: B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program, Smith College Jewish Studies Program, Anna P. Housen Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western MA
Srugim, Season One, Episodes 1-3 - 7:00 pm
(TV Series | 2008 | 90 min, in Hebrew w/subtitles)
Where in Israel do you go to find a social scene when you're a single, thirty-something Orthodox Jew? Check out "the Jerusalem Swamp," a place with everything any hip neighborhood has - except the restaurants are kosher, the skirts longer and there are a lot more synagogues! Described as a "Modern Orthodox Friends," Srugim is the hit Israeli TV series about the playboy doctor, the artist looking for love, the newly-divorced guy, the good girl trying to maintain a strictly Orthodox lifestyle, and others. ("Srugim" is Hebrew for "knitted" and refers to the knitted yamulkes worn by some of the main characters.) Followed by a FilmTalk with Ilona Ben-Moshe, Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Smith College. Part of the Smith College Israeli Film Festival. Co-Sponsors: Smith College Jewish Studies Program, Consulate General of Israel to New England
Tuesday, March 29 - Brothers - 7:00 pm, Stoddard Hall
(Drama | 2008 | 126 min, in Hebrew w/subtitles)
Two Jewish brothers, whose choices and values have driven them apart, meet again in Israel after many years. Dan works the land on a secular kibbutz. His deeply religious brother, Aaron, is a distinguished New York-based lawyer and Torah scholar who is invited to Jerusalem to defend Yeshiva students refusing military service. The conflict between the two brothers and the legal struggle between prosecutor and defense lawyer reflect a society torn between its religious and political principles. This film opens a subtle yet essential debate on the question of the separation of state and religion in Israel. Followed by a FilmTalk with Justin Cammy, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Smith College. Part of the Smith College Israeli Film Festival. Co-Sponsors: Smith College Jewish Studies Program, Anna P. Housen Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western MA
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Off and Running - 8:15 pm, Weinstein Auditorium
(Documentary | 2009 | 76 min)
With white Jewish lesbian parents and two adopted brothers, Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. When her curiosity about her African-American roots grows and she decides to contact her birth mother, she is propelled into an exploration of race, identity, and family that distances her from the parents she’s known. This inspiring story explores what people must go through to become themselves. Showing with Second Guessing Grandma, (Short | 2009 | 9 min), the charming story of a twenty-something Jewish gay man who finally comes out to his beloved grandmother against his mother's desire to protect her from the truth. Co-presented with Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series - Tickets available at www.OutForReel.org only and at the door, as space allows.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Spinning the Garments of the Gods: Women's Religious Weaving in the Ancient Near East
a lecture by Susan Ackerman, Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College; part of the Spring 2011 Lecture Series Weaving Woman's History: From the Bible to Radical Jewish Feminism
5:00 pm, Seelye Hall 201
Monday, November 15, 2010
"Israeli Popular Song: a Multimedia Presentation"
Ornit Barkai, Scholar-in-Residence, Brandeis-Hadassah, Documentary filmmaker and former radio broadcaster in Israel
Ornit Barkai's presentation will showcase the social and political evolution of Israeli popular song over a period of almost a hundred years. More about Ornit Barkai...
Presented by the Programs in Jewish Studies and Middle East Studies and the Departments of Government and Music.
7:00 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room
Springfield Republican Newspaper, April 09, 2010 - Smith College Professor Justin Cammy remembers Abraham Sutzkever, the most important Yiddish poet of the Holocaust
"Justin D. Cammy, assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Smith College in Northampton, poses with some of the works of the legendary Yiddish poet and Holocaust survivor Abraham Sutzkever, who died on Jan 20, at the age of 96 in Tel Aviv. In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, the Republican Newspaper in Education editor Anne-Gerard Flynn Jewish Studies Professor Justin Cammy, member of the programs in comparative literature, Middle East studies and American studies at Smith College in Northampton, about the life and contributions of the recently deceased Yiddish poet and Holocaust survivor Abraham (Avrom) Sutzkever. Cammy had once visited with Sutzkever in Tel Aviv..." Read the full article...
Jewish Studies major Rhian Roberts '10J studied with a group of students from around the world at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. The videos were taken during a hike to the springs at Ein Gedi and the ancient caves of Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"Scriptural Conflict, Scriptural Community: Judaism, Christianity, Islam" - the Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture
David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta
Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, University of Chicago
Inter-religious conflict is once again at center stage of our geo-political consciousness, and with it all sorts of questions about the role of scripture in thatconflict. Do the respective claims of Jewish, Christian, or Islamic scriptures contribute to the violence between the various communities that read them?Do they, on the contrary, provide a basis for solidarity between the three Abrahamic religions? Or is it that one of these scriptural traditions is more tolerant than the others, or that one is more intrinsically violent? Because such questions try to separate the violent from the tolerant potentials of scriptural communities, they not only fail to make sense of scriptural interpretation, but also themselves become part of the politics of conflict, emerging in venues as disparate as the Hamas Charter and the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. This talk will focus on passages within the scriptures--with some emphasis on the Qur'an--that explicitly take up the problem of interpretive conflict. It will look at how these passages have been read at specific historical moments--medieval and modern--in order to propose some new questions about the dynamics of conflict and community among the 'Peoples of the Book.' 4:30 pm, Hillyer-Graham Hall Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center Get the poster
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"A Life in Yiddish: Adventures of a Translator-Poet"
Richard Fein, Professor Emeritus of English
State University of New York, New Paltz
Fein is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including Kafka's Ear, winner of the Maurice English Award. His latest book. With Everything We've Got: A Personal Anthology of Yiddish, is a collection of translations of Yiddish poetry from Eastern Europe, the Americas, and the Soviet Union that also includes original poems inspired by his favorite Yiddish poets. In addition, Fein has published a memoir of Yiddish (The Dance of Leah), translated a volume into English by the leading American Yiddish modernist poet Yankev Glatshteyn, and authored a critical study on Robert Lowell. He served as Fulbright Professor of American Literature at the University of Madras. Get the poster. 4:15 pm in the Poetry Center, Smith College
Monday, April 12, 2010
'Resistance and the Myth of Jewish Passivity during the Holocaust'
Nechama Tec, distinguished Holocaust scholar and
Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Connecticut
Nechama Tec is the author of an acclaimed memoir and several major studies of survival, resistance, and rescue during the Holocaust.Defiance, her book on the Bielski partisan group, furnished the basis for the recent film of the same name. Professor Tec is the recipient of numerous honors, including a National Jewish Book Award and the International Anne Frank Special Recognition Prize. 5:30 pm, Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall, Hampshire College. Prior to the lecture, in conjunction with its own Holocaust Memorial Day program, the Jewish Community of Amherst has arranged for a screening of the film, Defiance, followed by a discussion led by Eva Sartori, whose family was rescued by Russian partisans operating in Ukraine. Sunday, April 11, 6:00 pm, 742 Main Street, Amherst. Both events are free and open to the general public. Professor Tec's visit is sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Jewish Arts and Culture Initiative, Five College Lecture Fund, the Department of German and Program in European Studies at Amherst College, the School of Social Science; Office of the President; and Office of the Special Presidential Assistant for Diversity at Hampshire College, the Departments of German and History at Mount Holyoke College, the Program in Jewish Studies and Department of German Studies at Smith College, the Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies and Office of Jewish Affairs at UMass-Amherst, the Jewish Community of Amherst World Jewish Concerns Committee and the Western New England College Campus Ministry. Get the flier.
April 8, 2010
The Dark and the Surreal: Israeli Writer and Filmmaker Etgar Keret
5:30 p.m., National Yiddish Book Center, Hampshire College Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel Rubinstein at 559.5821
Hailed as the voice of young Israel and one of its most radical and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. Born in Tel Aviv in 1967 to an extremely diverse family, his brother heads an Israeli group that lobbies for the legalization of marijuana, and his sister is an orthodox Jew and the mother of ten children. Keret regards his family as a microcosm of Israel. His book, The Nimrod Flip-Out, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006), is a collection of 32 short stories that captures the craziness of life in Israel today. Rarely extending beyond three or four pages, these stories fuse the banal with the surreal. Shot through with a dark, tragicomic sensibility and casual, comic-strip violence, he offers a window on a surreal world that is at once funny and sad. His books are bestsellers in Israel and have been published in twenty-two languages. Books include Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God (2004, St. Martin’s Press); Missing Kissinger (2007, Chatto & Windus); and Gaza Blues (2004). In France, Kneller's Happy Campers is listed as one of the Fnac`s two-hundred books of the decade, and The Nimrod Flip-Out was published in Francis Ford Coppola's magazine, Zoetrope (2004). Keret has received the Book Publishers Association`s Platinum Prize several times and has been awarded the Prime Minister's Prize and the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. More than forty short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize (1998). As a filmmaker, Keret is the writer of several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep (1996), which won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Wrist Cutters, featuring Tom Waits, was released in August 2007. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife Shira Geffen, won the coveted Camera d'Or prize for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival 2007. The animated feature film $9.99, based on several of Keret's stories, marries the tradition of Jewish self-flagellating humor with uncanny absurdity. The film shows us miracles coexisting with the mundane, and offers a beguiling view of what hope looks like in a hauntingly fragmented world. Keret, at present, teaches at Ben-Gurion University.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
'The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film: A yingl mit a yingl hot epes a tam? - Lesbian & Gay Subtext from a Cinema of Diaspora -- a Lecture by Eve Sicular
Despite the taboo surrounding homosexuality, the topic was too intriguing to be left entirely out of the Yiddish picture. An exploration of lesbian & gay subtext in Yiddish cinema during its heyday, from the 1920's to the outbreak of World War II, reveals distinctly Jewish concerns of the time intertwined with a striking array of allusions to this highly-charged subject. From musical comedies such as Yidl Mitn Fidl (Yidl With His Fiddle) and Amerikaner Shadkhn (American Matchmaker) to classic dramas Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) and Der Vilner Shtoto-Khazn (Overture To Glory), queerness reached the screen in various guises, emerging as an alternate take on themes of conflicted identity, passing and same-sex attachments. Discussion of these and other gems of the Yiddish screen, as well as such features as Radio Days, Colonel Redl, Crossfire, and Gentleman's Agreement, will be accompanied by clips from selected films and period home movies. Filmmaker/historian Eve Sicular has lectured throughout North America and Europe on Yiddish and Soviet cinema. A former curator of Film & Photography Archives at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, she has also worked for the Department of Film at New York's Museum of Modern Art on the series 'Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds'. She received a magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College for her thesis on the compilation film work of early Soviet documentary pioneer Esther Shub. She has published numerous articles and anthology essays on the subject of queer subtext in Yiddish cinema, and has lectured on this topic at film festivals, scholarlyconferences, media centers and universities across North America and Europe. Presented by the Program in Jewish Studies at Smth College and the National Yiddish Book Center 4:30 pm, Seelye Hall 201, Smith College
PVJFF @ Smith!
Each year the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents two weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. The PVJFF collaborates with Smith College to show several films on campus, "providing audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics. The festival offers, among other things, a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture via film can learn, be inspired, and enjoy being together.... Join us and be reminded how film works as a medium to help us to understand who we are, where we are from, what life is like for others around the globe, and how all of this relates toourcontemporary lives and choices." Get the Smith poster here. Tickets for all PVJFF events at Smith are free to students/faculty/staff with a valid Smith College ID. Complete festival schedule (March 11-24) and ticket information.
Sunday, March 14 - Double Feature, Seelye Hall 106
With an introduction by members of the B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program, co-sponsor of the event
3:00 pm Seeking the 36 (2009/30 min, filmmakers will be present)
3:30 pm Bewoket: By the Will of God (2009/66 min/English, Amharic w/English subtitles)
Saturday, March 20, City of Borders, Weinstein Auditorium
8:00 pm (2009/66 min/English, Arabic, Hebrew w/English subtitles), copresented by the PVJFF and the Out for Reel LGBT film series. followed by a Film Talk! with Idit Klein, Executive Director of Keshet.
Tuesday, March 23, Camera Obscura Stoddard Auditorium
7:00 pm (2008/86 min/Spanish, Yiddish w/English subtitles), co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies at Smith and followed by a Film Talk! with Silvia Berger, of Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Jewish Studies at Smith College
Wednesday March 10, 2010
The Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
12:15-1:10, Bass Hall 102
Come hear Arava alumni Chen Cohen, from Israel, and Suleiman Halasah, from Jordan speak about what they learned form their time at the Arava Institute. Chen learned and practiced green building with earth and recycled materials. She was also an "eco volunteer" at the ecology center in the area and worked in the area with youth on environmental and community issues. She presently is studying urban permaculture. Suleiman recently completed his Masters degree at the Arava Institute in Life Cycle Energy Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems in the Arava: A Generation-Scale Comparison. Suleiman feels that working towards a sustainable environment is of paramount importance in his career. In particular, his interest is in the widespread adoption of solar energy in Jordan. The Arava Institute is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges. Teaching Students Today So Nations Will Work Together Tomorrow. For More Information Contact: Hannah Belsky (Smith senior, Arava Institute alumna) at email@example.com
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Film: "The Forgotten Refugees"
7:00-9:00 pm, Seelye 208
Israel Bonan, a refugee from Egypt, will introduce the film and tell his story. A Q & A will follow the film. Produced by The David Project for Jewish Leadership and Isra TV, The Forgotten Refugees explores the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century. Using extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Morocco the film recounts the stories - of joy and suffering - that nearly one million individuals have carried with them for so long. The film weaves personal stories with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of exodus and resettlement, and analyses by contemporary scholars to tell the story of how and why the Jewish population in the Middle East and North Africa declined from one million in 1945 to several thousand today. Presented by the Smith Israel Alliance. More about the film
Monday, February 15, 2010
An Evening with Idan Cohen
Dancer, choreographer, Schustermann Visiting Artist-in-Residence; Speaking about the Israeli art and dance scene and the sources of his creativity and inspiration. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre, the Program in Jewish Studies, and the Office of the Jewish Chaplain Read more about Idan Cohen's work here.
4:30 pm, Seelye Hall 106
November 11, 2009
"Pigeons, Punks, Pansies and Pervs: Literary Heroes in Contemporary Israeli Literature"
Author Evan Fallenberg
With its exciting mix of eclectic stories and characters that are unique, troubled, searching, sexy, and dynamic, Israeli literature is flourishing at home and abroad. The audience for this lecture by a U.S.-born Israeli writer and translator will meet a few of those characters, learn what they have to say about Israeli society, and watch as they undergo a transformation to meet an international audience. Fallenberg is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Georgetown University and the MFA program in creative writing at Vermont College. He has lived in Israel since 1985, where he writes, translates and teaches. His first novel, Light Fell (Soho Press, 2008), won the American Library Association's Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award in fiction and a Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction. Fallenberg's recent translations include Ron Leshem's Beaufort, Batya Gur's Murder in Jerusalem, Alon Hilu's Death of a Monk and The House of Dajani, and Meir Shalev's A Pigeon and a Boy, winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for fiction and a finalist for the PEN Translation Prize. Fallenberg is an instructor in the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University. 5:30 pm West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
Monday, November 2, 2009
"Socrates and the Fat Rabbis"
Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley What kind of literature is the Talmud? To answer this question, Daniel Boyarin looks to an unlikely source: the dialogues of Plato. In these ancient texts he finds similarities, both in their unique combination of various genres and topics and in their dialogic structure. But Boyarin goes beyond the typological parallelism between the texts, arguing also for a cultural relationship. Boyarin thus brings together issues of cultural difference, cultural regulation, and the specific interface between Jewish and Greco-Roman culture. In Socrates and the Fat Rabbis, Boyarin suggests that these dialogues are not dialogic at all. Using Michael Bakhtin's notion of represented dialogue and real dialogism, Boyarin demonstrates, through multiple close readings, that the give-and-take in these texts is actually monologic in spirit. At the same time, he shows that there are other elements that manifest genuine dialogicality. Boyarin ultimately singles out Menippean satire as the most important genre with which to understand both the Talmud and Plato, pointing out their seriocomic peculiarity. An innovative contribution to rabbinic studies, Socrates and the Fat Rabbis makes a major contribution to scholarship on the discursive and cultural practices of the ancient Mediterranean. This is the fourth lecture sponsored by the CHFA Visioning Grant Lecture Series in Religious Studies. It is also sponsored by the Posen Foundation in Jewish Secularism and the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at UMass. 3:30 pm, Herter Hall 301, UMass-Amherst
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"The Wandering Jewish Scholar: Yiddish Intellectuals in 1920s Berlin"
a lecture on Yiddish Culture in 1920s Berlin
Cecile Kuznitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish History and Director of Jewish Studies, Bard College Co-sponsored by Jewish Studies at Smith College, and the Departments of German & Scandinavian Studies and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at UMass-Amherst (Get the flyer)7:30 pm / National Yiddish Book Center, Hampshire College
Monday, October 26, 2009
Presentation of the Major in Jewish Studies
Meet the faculty, learn about grants for hebrew study abroad, requirements of the major, courses offered.
12:15 pm, Seelye Hall 207. Light lunch provided, first come, first served.(open to Smith College students only)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
"The Evolution of Holocaust Testimonies: From Traumatic Muteness to Creative Narrative"
2009 Hastorf Lecture, Sponsored by Barbara and Albert Hastorf
Dori Laub, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
Horrible psychic traumas shelter the mind's ability to reflect, to symbolize, and to remember. All that is registered are fragments of sensations. The consequences of such trauma will be explored --from the near blackout of psychotically hospitalized survivors, to the creation of separate psychic containers in which fragments of the experience are stored for life, to moments of insight when the trauma is grasped with extraordinary clarity, culminating in works of art. Video excerpts will be shown to illustrate the evolution of the testimonial progress in one Holocaust survivor. Dori Laub, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and a psychoanalyst in private practice in New Haven, CT, who works primarily with victims of massive psychic trauma and their children. In 1979 he co-founded the Holocaust Survivors' Film Project Inc., which subsequently became the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale. His work on trauma extended studies on survivors of the "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia and of other genocides. He has published and lectured extensively on the multifacted impact of the Holocaust on the lives of survivors and their children. He is co-founder of the International Study Group for Trauma, Violence and Genocide, and is Deputy Director for Trauma Research at the Yale Genocide Studies Program. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. For more information call 413-538-2338 (Get the flyer)7:30 pm, Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sustainable Peace: A Workshop on Israel, Palestine and the Environment with Noam Dolgin, alumni of the Arava Institute
Exploring the interplay between peaceful cooperation and environmental sustainability in the Middle East... We've all heard the speculation that the next war in the Middle East will be fought over water. This precious natural resource is one of many shared by Israel’s citizens and neighbors. In this workshop we will explore the shared environmental concerns around land, water and air, and discuss how collaboration is vital in addressing social and environmental sustainability and creating lasting Peace. Sponsored by Smith College Hillel and the Program in Jewish Studies. 7:00 pm in Seelye 106
Thursday, October 15, 2009
"Islam and Jerusalem"
HFSA Visioning Grant Lecture Series in Religious Studies
Suleiman Mourad, Religious Studies and Director, Medieval Studies, Smith College
It is generally believed that the religious significance of
Jerusalem in Islam stems from the Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascension to Heaven. The Islamic tradition shows, however, that this could not have been the initial reason for the Muslim's sanctification of the holy city. Not only are the two episodes (Night Journey and Ascension) treated separately by the majority of early Muslim narrators, but also the Ascension occurred from Mecca vertically to Heaven. This lecture examines the process of sanctification of Jerusalem in Islam as having gradually evolved from the concept of shared heritage (with Judaism and Christianity) to become exclusively Islamic, as well as the factors and events that contributed to this trajectory. 4:00, Bartlett Hall 316 (the Moran Room), UMass-Amherst
Film: Making Trouble
Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.
Seelye Hall 201
Produced by the Jewish Women's Archive, Making Trouble is an irresistible documentary that profiles six funny Jewish women -- Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein. The film is rich in archival movie footage, television clips, and interviews with friends, critics, and scholars. Four of today's funniest women, including Judy Gold and Jackie Hoffman, gather at Katz's Deli to reflect on what it means to be Jewish, female, and funny. Co-sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender.
Special Staged Reading, "In Darfur"
November 13, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.
Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
A special staged reading of Smith graduate Winter Miller"s play "In Darfur," part of the Smith College Theatre New Play Reading Series. Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan, professor of theatre. Introduction by Smith College president Carol Christ. The play was presented by the Public Theater at Central Park in New York City, in 2007 before a sold–out audience and earned critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of the ongoing tragic situation in Darfur. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations to benefit the Community Foundation's Sudan Aid Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and other organizations involved in sustaining the victims of the Darfur genocide. A talk–back session with the playwright follows the performance.
For ticket information: 413.585.ARTS — General: $10, $25 for front rows; Students, $5.Sponsored by the Smith College Theatre Department, in cooperation with the CBI Darfur Action Group; co–sponsored by the Smith College Community Service Organization, Office of the Jewish Chaplain, Hillel, Program in Jewish Studies, Program for the Study of Women and Gender and Lecture Committee.
November 7, 2008, at 12:00 p.m.
Poetry Center, Wright Hall
Jacqueline Osherow's work explores "Jewishness," often in difficult verse forms (sestinas, sonnets, terza rima), often with humor and an intimate tone. Some of her best known poems address her post–Holocaust consciousness. "For my generation," she says, "those born in the aftermath of the war–the horror...defined the world to us. It is as a testament to this predicament that I wish these poems to stand." Author of five books of poems, most recently The Hoopoe's Crown, Osherow has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations, among other prizes and awards. She is distinguished professor of English and creative writing at the University of Utah.Co–sponsored by the Poetry Center and the Office of the Jewish Chaplain at Smith College
Contemporary Israeli Film Festival: "The New Faces of Israeli Cinema," and Lecture "National Cinema in a Post National Age"
November 2, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.
Seelye Hall 106
Israeli culture has undergone profound changes in the last two decades, during which the country opened up to Western consumerist society and became ever more exposed it to its popular culture. One of the most prominent casualties of these changes was Zionist ideology, which appeared to decline toward the end of the millennium. Like any liminal stage, this was a period that engendered fear, confusion, doubt, but also hope; all of which found evocative expression in the culture's artistic life. This lecture will follow some of these changes as they are reflected in recent Israeli films and television programs. Yaron Peleg is associate professor of Hebrew at George Washington University and the director of the George Washington University Hebrew Program. He received his Ph.D. in Hebrew literature from Brandeis University in 2000. Before coming to GWU, Dr. Peleg taught Hebrew literature and Israeli cinema courses at Brandeis University and at Princeton University. Peleg's publications include, "Derech Gever: Homoeroticism in Hebrew Literature 1887–2000," "Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination," and most recently, "Israeli Culture Between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance."
Professor Peleg's lecture will be followed by three films and a Q&A.
Presentation of the Major in Jewish Studies
October 27, 2008, at 12:00 p.m.
Seelye Hall 207
Meet the faculty, learn about grants for hebrew study abroad, requirements of the major, courses offered. (Open to Smith College students only.)
Light lunch provided, first come, first served.
"Freedom and Responsibility in Poetry: On Translating the World"
October 23, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.
Red Barn, Hampshire College
Peter Cole, Hampshire alumnus, poet, translator and 2007 MacArthur Fellow, will be reading from and talking about, his acclaimed poetry and his award–winning translations from Hebrew and Arabic.Sponsored by the Posen Foundation Program for the Study of Secular Jewish History and Culture Visiting Writers Series.
Lecture and screening by Yael Bartana, Visual Artist
October 22, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.
Seelye Hall 201
Yael Bartana is best known for investigating society and politics, primarily of her native Israel, through video and photography. Bartana has received critical acclaim, screening her work at Documenta, the Pompidou Center, and the Tate Modern, to name a few. Her work expresses ambivalence about Israeli identity, dropping the viewer into social or ritual motions that are gripping and poetically astute.
Her solo show, on view at the MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center October 19, 2008–January 19, 2000, features approximately five videos made over the last seven years.Sponsored by the Smith College Programs in Film Studies, Jewish Studies and the Study of Women and Gender, the Department of Art, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.