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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]
On Monday, April 16, at 4:30 pm, please join us for the annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust when Yale University Professor Timothy Snyder will present "The Holocaust as History and Warning." The Convocation will be held in the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus. A reception will follow. [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.
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and nobles, were understood to be thinly veiled kabalistic allegories, void of concrete historical experience or historical reference.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.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
UConn Reads Stamford Campus Events
Tuesday April 10, 3-4 pm in Room 317A
Intimate Conversation with Viet Nguyen (via WebEx)
2018 UConn Reads author Viet Thanh Nguyenâs bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Most recently he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, and le Prix du meilleur livre Ã©tranger (Best Foreign Book in France), for The Sympathizer. He is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Refreshments will be served.
Monday, April 16th, 2018
04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Storrs CampusDodd Center Konover Auditorium
Please join us for the annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust when Yale University Professor Timothy Snyder will present "The Holocaust as History and Warning." The Convocation will be held in the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus.
It is made possible by the I. Martin and Janet M. Fierberg Fund that supports lectures at the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Co-sponsors include the American Studies Program, the History Department, the Human Rights Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
A reception will immediately follow.
Professor Snyder's books, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, will be available for purchase after the lecture.
About the Presentation:
Every history of catastrophe contains a warning, since it defines causes that may be present in our own time. Too often, the Holocaust is understood only as "memory," which shields us from some of its most important implications. In this lecture, Professor Snyder will consider new authoritarianisms in light of what we still might learn from the past.
For additional information, visit https://judaicstudies.uconn.edu/?p=9288
If you require an accommodation to participate, please call 860-486-2271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.