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On March 25, Esther Dischereit will present "Jewish Lives and the Situation in Germany - Regarding Others and 'Us' in the Public Sphere." [Learn more]
On April 4, Professor Karen B. Stern (Brooklyn College of CUNY) will present the Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies: "Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity" in WERTH 112 from 12:30-1:30. [Learn more]
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
OtherEmanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford
with Professor Walter Zev Feldman
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Emanuel Synagogue
160 Mohegan Drive
West Hartford, CT
Since the 1990s, the so called âklezmer musicâ became immensely popular both among Jews
and non-Jews. Emerging in 16th century Prague, and spreading throughout the broad territory of the Eastern Ashkenazim, the Jewish musical guild-member, the klezmer (pl. klezmorim) shaped this unique musical and
This lecture, with the use of musical examples and demonstration in dance, will discuss why the knowledge of its history and aesthetics is crucial to the understanding of the culture of
the Jews, and of modern Europe at large.
Walter Zev Feldman is a leading researcher
in both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at NYU
in Abu Dhabi.
Jewish Hartford European Roots
The Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Program
Jewish Historical Society
Monday, March 25th, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusOak 236
The talk is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the Humanities Institute, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
About the Talk
The situation of Jews in Germany cannot be separated from the situation of other minority groups, and a close look reveals that one is reflected in and through the others. Many Muslims have been prompted to find civic interlocutors among the Jewish minority by the ways in which the majority population in German society has questioned whether and how they might "belong." In 2018, the Turkish and Turkish-German community in Germany witnessed the end of the so-called NSU trial against a member of a terrorist cell that called itself "National Socialist Underground (NSU)." The group was responsible for the murder of at least nine persons with migration background and a police officer. The number of arson attacks on refugee housing rose dramatically, and right-wing terrorists circulate lists of Jewish targets for potential attacks. Turkish and Jewish organizations call for investigations to continue and to recognize migrant perspectives in tackling racial attacks.
How does this effect "us"? To answer this, I must first ask, in addition: Who is this "us"? How ought "we," as Jewish citizens and migrants, respond to racialized hate crimes not sufficiently investigated by law enforcement and the judiciary in Germany? My talk will address some aspects of the current situation of Jews in light of the rise of AfD populist party politics in Germany and of German-American relations after the elections of Trump in the U.S.
About the Speaker
Esther Dischereit, described by her publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag, as "possibly the preeminent German-Jewish voice of the post-Shoah generation," lives in Berlin. She has published fiction, poetry and essays, as well as plays for radio and the stage. She is the founder of the avant-garde-project WordMusic and has worked as a curator for various projects in contemporary art/new media. She has collaborated with the dancer and choreographer Holly Handman-Lopez, the composer and percussionist Ray Kaczynski, Djane Ä°pek Ä°pekÃ§ioÄlu, the concept artists Riccardo Ajossa, beate maria wÃ¶rz and many others; most recently with the calligrapher Veruschka Goetz. She has been a Fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European and Jewish Studies and holds frequent lectures and readings in the United States, Canada, Israel, South America and Europe. Esther has received many prizes for her work, including the Erich Fried Prize in 2009.
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs CampusHumanities Institute Seminar Room, Babbidge Library 4th Floor
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Thursday, March 28th, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusDodd 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, April 4th, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusWERTH 112
The talk is free and open to the public. It is made possible by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Humanities Institute, the Anthropology Department, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at 860-486-2271 or email@example.com.
About the Talk:
Few direct clues exist to the everyday lives and beliefs of ordinary Jews in antiquity. Just like their neighbors throughout the eastern and southern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Arabia, and Egypt, ancient Jews scribbled and drew graffiti everyplaceâin and around markets, hippodromes, theaters, pagan temples, open cliffs, sanctuaries, and even inside burial caves and synagogues. In this talk, Prof. Stern reveals how these markings can tell us more than we might expect about the men and women who made them. Drawing analogies with modern graffiti practices, she documents the overlooked connections between Jews and their neighbors to shed new light on the richness of their quotidian lives and on how commonly popular Jewish practices of prayer, mortuary commemoration, commerce, and civic engagement crossed ethnic and religious boundaries.
About the Speaker:
Karen B. Stern, Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College of CUNY, conducts research across disciplines of archaeology, history, and religion and teaches courses on Mediterranean cultural history, visual history, and the material culture of Jews in the Greek and Roman worlds. She has conducted field research throughout the Mediterranean and has excavated in Petra (Jordan), Sepphoris (Israel), and ancient Pylos and the Athenian Agora (Greece). Having taught at Dartmouth College, USC, and Brown University, she has served as a research fellow of the NEH, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem), and the Getty Villa.
Why is this Book Different than all Other Books? A Glimpse into the Changing Imagery of the Illustrated Haggadah
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
12:15 PM - 01:45 PM
Stamford CampusMPR 108
Lunch will be served.
The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. If you require an accommodation, please contact Stamford Coordinator for Judaic Studies Professor Fred Roden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-251-8559.
About the Talk:
Several image cycles and representations in the Passover Haggadah will be examined, beginning from medieval manuscript illumination through the 20th century. Special attention will be placed on the representation of the 4 sons, order of the seder, and ceremonial foods.
About the Speaker:
Warren Klein has been the curator of the Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El since 2013. His exhibitions have included graphic posters, contemporary Jewish wedding gowns, Golda Meir, and, most recently, Jews and Chocolate. Previously, he worked at the JTS Library, Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, Magnes Museum in Berkeley, and several private collections in New York. He holds an MA in Jewish Art from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA in the History of Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Jewish Hartford: European Roots project is generously funded by the Konover Coppa Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and is housed at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. [Learn more]