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David N. Myers Presents “Mass Displacement in the Mid-Twentieth Century: A Comparative Look at Europe and the Middle East”

On May 2, 2019, UCLA Professor David N. Myers presented "Mass Displacement in the Mid-Twentieth Century: A Comparative Look at Europe and the Middle East"  for the UConn Center for Judaic Studies annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust. The event was 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 included the American Studies Program, the History Department, the Human Rights Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the Middle East Studies Program, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. 

 

David Myers lecture 5-2-2019

Professor Karen B. Stern Presents “Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity”

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Professor Karen B. Stern (Brooklyn College of CUNY) presented the UConn Center for Judaic Studies Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies: "Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity." The lecture was co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute, the Anthropology Department, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

Tom W. Smith Presents “Antisemitism in Contemporary America”

On November 7, 2018, Dr. Tom W. Smith (NORC at the University of Chicago) presented "Antisemitism in Contemporary America" for the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. The program was held in remembrance of Kristallnacht and was made possible by the Center for Judaic Studies Frances and Irving Seliger Memorial Endowment Fund. The evening was co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, the Humanities Institute, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

 

Timothy Snyder Presents The Holocaust as History and Warning

On April 16, 2018, Timothy Snyder (Yale) presented "The Holocaust as History and Warning" for our I. Martin and Janet M. Fierberg lecture in Judaic Studies and Annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust. The lecture was filmed by UCSpan and was co-sponsored by 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.

 

Susannah Heschel Presents on Human Dignity in Judaism

On April 26, 2018, Dr. Susannah Heschel presented "Human Dignity in Judaism" at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT. The event was made possible by the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies, Charter Oak Cultural Center, UConn Hartford, the Humanities Institute, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

In this talk, Heschel explores the themes of human rights and dignity within Jewish religious texts and how they relate to the modern human experience.

Professor Avinoam Patt Presents on Jewish Heroes of Warsaw

University of Hartford Professor Avinoam Patt presented “The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw: The Afterlife of the Warsaw Ghetto” for the Center for Judaic Studies Faculty Colloquium series on February 6, 2018. Over forty people attended the talk which was made possible by the Irving Seliger Memorial Endowment Fund. The talk was co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. 

Professor Patt is the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford where he is also director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization.

 

A Celebration of Dr. Arnold Dashefsky’s Career and Contributions

Arnold DashefskyOn October 29, 2017, Professor Arnold Dashefsky was honored for his distinguished career and  contributions to the University of Connecticut at a ceremony followed by a lecture given by renowned historian Dr. Jonathan Sarna. Speakers at the ceremony included Interim Provost Jeremy Teitelbaum, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Davita Glasberg, and Interim Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Initiatives and former Director of the Center for Judaic Studies Jeffrey Shoulson. 

Professor Dashefsky, founder of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, served as the inaugural holder of the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies. As director of the Center, he helped to bring nearly two million dollars in endowments to UConn and a similar sum in external grants. Though retired in 2012, Dr. Dashefsky continues to teach his popular course on the Sociology of Anti-Semitism.

Following the ceremony honoring Professor Dashefsky, Dr. Jonathan Sarna presented a lecture on “The American Jewish Community in an Era of Change.” Dr. Sarna is University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. 

Watch the full ceremony and lecture filmed by UCSPAN: 

 

 

Kristallnacht Commemoration Featured in the Daily Campus

On Wednesday, November 8, the Center for Judaic Studies hosted a film screening of Denial in remembrance of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Guest speaker and Kristallnacht survivor Hans Laufer  provided remarks and answered questions prior to the screening, which was part of an institution-wide day of reflection and conversation on the theme, "Together: Confronting Racism."

Students in the audience were moved by the relaying of Mr. Laufer's experiences during the Holocaust and his immigration to the United States as well as by the film that followed, which told the true story of Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt’s fight against Holocaust denier David Irving over his falsification of history. 

For more, read The Daily Campus article featuring the event. 

11-8-17 Denial screening Hans Laufer photo credit Ryan Murace The Daily Campus
Hans Laufer speaking prior to the screening of Denial. Photo credit: Ryan Murace/The Daily Campus

Academic Convocation on the Holocaust: Time Capsules in the Rubble

Convocation on the Holocaust, April 24, 2017. Photo credit: Akshara Thejaswi, The Daily Campus

On Monday, April 24, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Human Rights Institute, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center sponsored the Fierberg Lecture in Judaic Studies annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust with guest speaker Professor Samuel Kassow, history professor at Trinity College.

Professor Kassow presented on a secret archive of materials collected and hidden by prisoners in the Warsaw Ghetto. All but three members of the group, Oyneg Shabes, led by historian Dr. Ringelblum perished. The collected documents and writings they produced recording Jewish life in Poland before and during the war bore witness to the Holocaust, and the archive now serves as the cultural legacy of Polish Jewry.

For more, read The Daily Campus article featuring the event.