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Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, October 17, 2017

Jeremy Dauber on Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

Jeremy Dauber will discuss his book, Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford (21 Charter Oak Ave.) on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:00 pm. In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. His exploration takes us from the Book of Esther to Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm from the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart.

“You can’t understand comedy without knowing Jewish comedy—and you’ll find no smarter, more intrepid and surprising analysis of the subject than in this book.” –Jason Zinoman, author of Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at Columbia University. He is the author of several books on Jewish literature.

This event is brought to you in partnership with The Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and University of Connecticut Center for Judaic Studies

Free and open to the community

Register at or | Phone: 860-310-2586




Spring 2018 Courses in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HEJS) Announced

Spring 2018 HEJS course schedule


It's almost time to register for spring courses! Spring 2018 course topics in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HEJS) include Jewish Magic, The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film, Ethiopian Jews in Ethiopia and Israel, and Selected Books of the Hebrew Bible. For students interested in Hellenistic Judaism, Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction is offered under CAMS. Biblical and Modern Hebrew language courses are also available. For full course details, including dates and times, please visit:

Screening of The Radical Jew on November 14, 2017

Noam OsbandDocumentary film-maker Noam Osband will be presenting a screening of his award-winning short film, The Radical Jew, on Tuesday, November 14, from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. The screening will be held in Video Theater 2 at the Homer Babbidge Library.

Learn more and watch a trailer on Noam's website.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Center at 860-486-2271 or by November 7, 2017.

About the Film


The Radical Jew examines the extremist views of Baruch Marzel, a prominent leader of the Jewish settler community in Hebron, Israel.



Winner of Best Outstanding Nonfiction at the 2017 Short. Sweet. Film Fest.
Winner of Best Documentary Short at the 2016 Charlotte Film Festival
Winner of Outstanding Documentary Short at the 2016 Tallgrass International Film Festival


This event is made possible by the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and UConn's Middle East Studies Program.