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The American Studies Program at UConn will be hosting a one-day conference on the Forms of Authoritarianism on Thursday, March 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The conference takes place at the Hartford Club (next to UConn Hartford campus) and is co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies. The keynote speaker will be Ben Kiernan (Yale University). View full program here.
On March 26, at 12:30pm, Dr. Ofer Dynes of McGill University will present "The End of the World and the Beginning of Hasidic Literature" for the Center for Judaic Studies Faculty Colloquium series. The talk will be held in Oak 236. A complimentary kosher lunch will be served. [Learn more]
The Challenges of Carlo and Nello Rosselli to Mussolini and Italian Fascism and to Us
On March 29, 12:30 pm, Joel Blatt, Associate Professor of History at the UConn Stamford campus, will present "The Challenges of Carlo and Nello Rosselli to Mussolini and Italian Fascism and to Us." A kosher lunch will be served. The talk will be held in the Stamford Campus Multi-Purpose Room 108. Please RSVP by March 28.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusDodd Research Center Room 104
On Wednesday, March 21, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, the Yiddish Tish luncheon discussion group, led by Professor Sebastian Wogenstein, will meet in the Dodd Research Center, room 104.
The Yiddish Tish luncheon discussion group is a small, intimate gathering of members from the community and campus who meet monthly to read and speak Yiddish.
These sessions are open to any and all faculty, staff, students, and community members.
All reading and speaking levels are welcome.
Please bring a bag lunch, and we will provide dessert and drinks!
The Yiddish Tish is a program of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn.
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-2271.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Downtown HartfordHartford Club, 46 Prospect St
This one-day conference brings together scholars and journalists at the University of Connecticut and across the U.S. to discuss the various forms that authoritarianism is taking in the world today, from the Philippines to India, to Honduras and Venezuela, to Europe and the United States. It also aims to place this authoritarianism in historical perspective, comparing it to the anti-democratic currents of yesterday, whether in fascist Europe or in the Cold War dictatorships of Latin America.
Monday, March 26th, 2018
12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
Storrs CampusOak Hall Room 236
Professor Ofer Dynes of McGill University will present "The End of the World and the Beginning of Hasidic Literature" for the Center for Judaic Studies Faculty Colloquium series.
A complimentary kosher lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to attend: https://cjsoferdynes.eventbrite.com
This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
About the Presentation
Professor Dynes will discuss his book, The Fiction of the State: The Information Revolution in Eastern Europe and the Beginning of Modern Jewish Literature (1772-1848), which centers on the rise of Hasidic literature. Traditionally, scholars have interpreted the tales of Nahman of Bratslav (1772-1810), a Hasidic leader, as an esoteric expression of his relationship with God. Fittingly, the political themes in the tales, the legends on the lives of kings, queens, princesses, and nobles, were understood to be thinly veiled kabalistic allegories, void of concrete historical experience or historical reference. This talk offers a new interpretative model of Nahmanâs tales and their allegorical structure and, more generally, of his theological-political-literary vision. Drawing on Nahmanâs vernacular literary theory, as well as on his recently discovered âscroll of secrets,â his encoded messianic prophecy, Professor Dynes will show how we can read the tales both as allegory and as mimetic, concrete reference to the political reality in partitioned Poland.
About the Speaker
Ofer Dynes (PhD. Harvard, 2016) is the Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University where he teaches Hebrew and Yiddish literature and Jewish cultural history. His research has been supported by the Posen Society of Fellows, the Center for Jewish History, the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University, the Lviv Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, and the Austrian Fund for Social Sciences, among other institutions.
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at 860-486-2271 or email@example.com.
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Stamford CampusMult-Purpose Room (DWTN 108)
Joel Blatt, Associate Professor of History at the UConn Stamford campus, will present "The Challenges of Carlo and Nello Rosselli to Mussolini and Italian Fascism and to Us" for the Center for Judaic Studies at UConn Stamford Lunch and Learn Series.
A kosher lunch will be served. Please RSVP to https://cjsblatt.eventbrite.com
Professor Blatt's areas of specialty include politics, society, and international relations of France, Italy, and Europe (1914-1945). He is currently researching French foreign policy from 1918-1940 and the assassination of Carlo and Nello Rosselli. Professor Blatt is the editor of The French Defeat of 1940: Reassessments (New York: Berghan Books, 1997)
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at 860-486-2271 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Stamford CampusArt Gallery, Room 117
UConn Reads Stamford Campus Events
Explore the distance between stories that "take place" in dis/placement, as storytellers speak and remember, create and re-create times and spaces through reinvention. Since this year's UConn Reads theme concerns migrants and refugees, we bring together a panel of narrators: Indian-American novelist Anu Jindal, Ellen Litman who writes of the former Soviet Jewish diaspora in her fiction, and traditional Burmese storyteller Nell Murry. Moderated by Professors Fred Roden and Sharmishtha Chowdhury. Lunch included.
Friday, April 6th, 2018
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Storrs CampusWood Hall Basement Lounge
The Medieval Studies Program and Early College Experience at the University of Connecticut present the 20th Annual Medieval Studies Secondary Schools Outreach. The theme this year is "Religion in Medieval Byzantium." Please contact Sherri Olson (email@example.com) for more information on the program and schedule.
On April 2, Dr. Rachael Rosner and Dr. Nancy Sinkoff will present "Mussar and the Jewish Origins of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy." The symposium will be held at 7:00 pm in the University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium and is co-sponsored by the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, the UConn Center for Judaic Studies, and University of Hartford's Psychology Department. Register to attend.