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36 Year Anniversary Event Announcment

 

Celebrating 36 Years:
Special  Anniversary Event
 

 
On Sunday, November 15, 2015, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life celebrates 36 years!  A special program in the Dodd Center's Konover Auditorium with keynote speaker Professor David Ruderman will be held from 1:30-3:30 pm followed by a reception. Please join us for this special event!  RSVP
NEW SPRING 2016 HEJS COURSE OFFERINGS
Ethiopian Jews at memorial
 
Ethiopian Jews in Ethiopia and Israel (HEJS 3298-001) will be offered in Spring 2016 with Adane Zawdu.  The course will examine the history of Ethiopian Jews from the great migration to Israel in the 19th century to present day second-generation Ethiopian Jews in contemporary Israel. The course will meet MWF 10:10-11.
Film set for Schindler's list
Holocaust in Theater and Film (HEJS 3298-002) will be offered in Spring 2016 with Grae Sibelman. The course will investigate the various ways that dramatizations have attempted to represent the Holocaust and make broader statements about humanity and society. The course will meet Tuesdays from 3-6.
NEWS
Jeremy Pressman


The Center's Road Show is a traveling program wherein our faculty donates time to present in the community at various synagogues, community centers, and area high schools on topics of choice in an open and engaging format. Response to this program has been phenomenal with interest from all across the state.  Associate Professor Jeremy Pressman’s topical presentation, “The Iran Agreement Debate: A Look at Both Sides,” at Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford on September 17th, was attended by over 125 people.
 
John Thames
Center Welcomes New Faculty Member John Thames

John Thames, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Languages, joins the Hebrew and Judaic Studies faculty at UConn.  He is teaching Biblical Hebrew this semester. His current research examines cuneiform ritual texts excavated from the ancient Syrian city of Emar and reveals their significance for understanding Late Bronze Age politics and the politics of rituals in ancient Israel. John has previously studied the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East at Yale University and Louisiana State University. 
UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th, from 5:00–7:00 pm in the Dodd Konover Auditorium when Professor Barry Kosmin will present a public lecture on Anti-Semitism entitled "La Trahison des Clercs: Accounting for the Persistence of Anti-Semitism and Judeophobia in the University and Among the Intelligentsia."
Faculty Colloquium with Professor Barry Kosmin

On Wednesday, October 14th, from 1:00-3:00 pm in Dodd 162, Professor Barry Kosmin will present for the faculty colloquium: "Anti-Semitism and Today’s Campus Environment: Methodological Challenges and Substantive Findings.”  RSVP
 
UPCOMING ROAD SHOW LECTURES
collage of Mussolini film park, letter of Aristeas, Torah scroll
“Hiding in Plain Sight:
Italian Jews in Mussolini’s Film Industry (and Beyond)”

Presented by Phillip Balma  
Congregation Beth El, Fairfield
Monday, October 19th, 7:30pm

“Not Lost in Translation”
Presented by Sara Johnson
Jewish Federation of Western CT
Wednesday, October 21st


“Not Your Hebrew School Bible”
Presented by
Jeffrey Shoulson
Temple Sholom, New Milford
Friday, November 20th
 
“Whose Books Are They Anyway?”
Presented by
Jeffrey Shoulson
Stamford JCC
Saturday, November 21st
MEDIA COVERAGE
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September 22, 2015
UConn Today

Judaism Faculty Lead Community Conversations

Director Jeffrey Shoulson discusses the new Judaic Studies Road Show series and its broad appeal.
Connecticut Jewish Ledger cover
September 2, 2015
Connecticut Jewish Ledger

Judaic Studies 101 – Inviting the community into the lecture hall
 
The Connecticut Jewish Ledger provides a comprehensive listing of the Fall 2015 programming offered by the Judaic Studies programs at all of Connecticut's colleges and universities. 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Nehama Aschkenasy
Fred Roden Faculty Award
IF YOU MISSED IT
Daniel Fisher
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Women of the Mediterranean Conference

Dr. Philip Balma (UConn-Stamford) presented his book, Edith Bruck in the Mirror: Fictional Transitions and Cinematic Narratives, at the Women of the Mediterranean First International Conference presented by Sant'Anna Institute (Sorrento, Italy) in collaboration with the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, United States).
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