Sun Sept 8 Deborah Dash Moore (1)

At Home in America? From 20th Century City to 21st Century Suburb

8 September 2019 / 4:00 - 6:00PM

Deborah Dash Moore

Mandell JCC, West Hartford

Mon Sept 9 Steven Wander

Flavius Josephus, Jewish Historian of the First Century, and his Influence on Imperial Roman and Early Medieval Art

9 September 2019 / 5:00 - 6:00PM

Steven Wander

UConn Stamford MPR, Stamford

Tues Sept 17 Joel Blatt

Mussolini, Italian Fascism, and the Jewish Question

17 September 2019 / 6:00 - 8:00PM

Joel Blatt

UConn Stamford MPR, Stamford

Sun Oct 13 Rhodes Greece Commemoration

The History of the Jewish Community in Rhodes, Greece: A Commemoration

13 October 2019 / 1:00 - 4:00PM

Paideia Center, Storrs

Thurs Oct 17 Panel DiscussionPanel Discussion: Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins

17 October 2019 / 4:00 - 5:30PM 

Tally Amir, Heide Castaneda, Jennifer Hirsch, and Sarah Willen

Heritage Room, Babbidge Library, Storrs

Thurs Oct 17 Bruce PhillipsDo Americans Love or Hate the Jews? Intermarriage and Antisemitism in the 21st Century

17 October 2019 /  5:30 PM

Bruce Phillips

Class of '47 Room, Babbidge Library, Storrs


Tues Oct 29 Rebecca ErbeldingRescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

29 October 2019 / 12:30 - 1:45PM 

Rebecca Erbelding

Class of '47 Room, Babbidge Library, Storrs


Tues Nov 5 Roland TecPanel Discussion: From Generation to Generation

5 November 2019 / 5:30 PM 

Roland Tec

UConn Stamford A1, Stamford


Thurs Nov 7 Atina GrossmannShelter from the Holocaust: German Jewish Refugees in Iran and India

7 November 2019 / 12:30 PM 

Atina Grossmann

Dodd Center Konover Auditorium, Storrs


Tues Nov 12 Cathy BuergerFear and Loathing in Our Discourse: Dangerous Speech, Division, and What to Do About It

12 November 2019 / 12:30 PM 

Cathy Buerger

UConn Stamford MPR, Stamford


Tues Nov 12 Nehama AschkenasyNational Identity and Private Histories: The Fiction and Lives of Aharon Appelfeld and Amos Oz

12 November 2019 / 7:00 - 8:00 PM 

Nehama Aschkenasy

UConn Stamford MPR, Stamford


Sunday, Nov 17, Sarah WillenThe Israel We Rarely See: An Anthropologist's Window onto the Lives of Migrant Workers in South Tel Aviv

17 November 2019 / 4:00 PM 

Sarah Willen

Mandell JCC, Hartford


Wed Nov 20 Johannes HeilPatrologia Judaica? Exploring the pre-Rabbinic Western Jewish Textual Tradition

20 November 2019 / 1:15 - 2:15 PM 

Johannes Heil

Humanities Institute Conference Rm, Babbidge Library, Storrs


Thursday Nov 21 Sondra MelzerReflections on Philip Roth

21 November 2019 / 12:30-1:30 PM 

Sondra Melzer

UConn Stamford MPR, Stamford


Thursday Dec 12 Suzanne Patt BenvenistiThe Paradox of the Start-Up Nation

12 December 2019 / 8:00-9:00 AM 

Suzanne Patt Benvenisti

BlumShapiro, West Hartford


Thursday Dec 12 Carl WilkensFrom Witness to Peace Builder: The Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi and One Man's Choice to Stay

12 December 2019 / 7:00 PM 

Carl Wilkens

Solomon Schechter, West Hartford


Fall 2019 Program UConn Center for Judaic Studies

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Most Center events are free and are always open to the public.  We hope to see you there!


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The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life sponsors a number of event series designed to support both scholarship and the arts.  

Each month, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life sponsors a Faculty Colloquium that showcases the work of a scholar in Judaic Studies.  The informal gathering provides an opportunity for scholars to present and discuss their current research projects. The discussions are open to all, and a kosher lunch is served.

The Yiddish Tish luncheon discussion, established in 1982 by founding Director Arnold Dashefsky, convenes monthly to speak and read in Yiddish. The group welcomes new members of any speaking level!

The Fierberg Lecture in Judaic Studies sponsors the annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust.  Guest speakers have included award-winning director Vassilis Loules and renowned Holocaust experts Timothy Snyder and Berel Lang.

Additional endowments such as the Ishier Jacobson Fund for Judaic & Middle Eastern Studies sponsors the Maria and Ishier Jacobson Lecture held annually at the UConn Stamford campus; and the Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies is held annually, featuring such speakers as Dr. Susannah Heschel.

Additionally, we have forged a partnership with Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford to collaborate on cultural and educational events. This relationship extends our capacity to support, sustain, and foster Jewish culture and the arts beyond the campus.

In the spirit of our mission to provide support and enrichment, we also collaborate with many departments, centers, and institutes across the University to fund various lectures and projects of mutual interest.

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