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A panel discussion on the future of interdisciplinary spaces in a Trump administration entitled “Defending Space: Race/Ethnic Studies, Gender/Sexuality Studies, and Human Rights in Uncertain Times” will be held in the Dodd Research Center’s Konover Auditorium on December 5 from 3:00-5:00pm. The panel will bring together leaders and faculty of interdisciplinary units devoted to social justice at UConn and will engage the audience in dialogue. <Read more>
Up-and-coming comedian Jesse Appell visited UConn on November 16 as part of his college circuit tour. He discussed his experiences of being a Jewish-American comedian living in China and the ways humor can transcend culture by tapping into commonalities people share.
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, to the surprise of many, was awarded to the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Center Director Jeffrey Shoulson was recently featured on Trash Flow Radio, a radio program in Cincinnati, to discuss the implications of, and fallout over, the Swedish Academy’s decision to award the prize to Dylan. <Read more>
Monday, December 5th, 2016
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs CampusKonover Auditorium
What will be the future of interdisciplinary spaces in a Trump administration? Will they come under direct attack from federal authorities, and if so, how? How has the knowledge produced in such spaces prepared us for the political turn that we are now seeing? What kinds of solidarity can our students and faculty expect to find in this moment of danger? And what is our strategy going forward?
This panel brings together leaders and faculty of interdisciplinary units devoted to social justice at UConn to address these questions, and to engage the audience in dialogue.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusDodd Center, Room 162
Professor Alexandra Herzog will present Transgender Identity and Homoerotic Anxiety in Isaac Bashevis Singer for the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life Mittelman Faculty Colloquium Series.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
OtherCharter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford
Charter Oak Cultural Center audience members will select the winning play to send to New York City for the final round of competition in the Jewish Plays Project playwriting contest. Center Director Jeffrey Shoulson, along with a panel of judges, will determine which three playwrights out of the top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to present dramatic readings of portions of their work at Charter Oak Cultural Center before the audience crowns a winner who moves on to the final round in New York City.
This event, made possible by the Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life will be held on February 16, 2017, from 7:00-9:00pm at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford, CT 06106).
Created by the Jewish Plays Project, this evening of theater is focused on the best and brightest in
contemporary Jewish playwriting. The Jewish Plays Projects receives more than 850 new, full-length plays on important Jewish themes and selects 10 finalists whose work is shown in various cities throughout the US. Audiences then weigh in on which play will ultimately be produced.
To date, winning plays for 18 Jewish Plays Projects have gone on to production in New York, London, Tel Aviv, and many US cities.
From the Jewish Plays Project:
The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPPâs innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.
Take part in this fun and innovative project, and help select a winner!
Award-winning director Michael King and Executive Producer Joyce Mandell were on hand to discuss and answer questions at the November 9 screening of their acclaimed Holocaust documentary The Rescuers. (Photo: Yuwei Zhao) <Full story in the Daily Campus.>