Spring 2018 Programming

Avinoam Patt Feb 6 2018 Tuesday

The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw

6 February 2018 / 12:30PM

Avinoam Patt

Humanities Institute Conference Rm, Babbidge Library, 4th fl

Roland Tec Feb 6 2018 Tuesday

From Generation to Generation

6 February 2018 / 5:30PM

Roland Tec

Stamford Campus: Multi-Purpose Rm 108

Helmut Walser Smith February 8 Thursday

Humanities Institute Program: Ghettos and Death Camps in German Occupied Poland 1939-1943

8 February 2018 / 4:00PM

Helmut Walser Smith 

Heritage Room, Babbidge 4th floor

Jewish Plays Project Thursday February 22 2018

The Jewish Play Writing Contest: Hartford

22 February 2018 / 7:00PM 

Charter Oak Cultural Center

21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford


Shachar Pinsker Feb 26 2018 Monday

A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture

26 February 2018 / 12:30PM

Shachar Pinsker 

Oak Hall 236


Pinchas Giller March 5 2018 Monday

The Changing Face of Kabbalah Research

5 March 2018 / 12:30PM

Pinchas Giller

Humanities Institute Conference Rm, Babbidge Library, 4th fl

Ofer Dynes March 28 2018

The End of the World and the Beginning of Hasidic Literature

26 March 2018 / 12:30PM

Ofer Dynes 

Oak Hall 236


Joel Blatt March 29 ThursdayThe Challenges of Carlo and Nello Rosselli to Mussolini and Italian Fascism and to Us

29 March 2018 / 12:30PM

Joel Blatt

Stamford Campus: Multi-Purpose Rm 108

Monday April 2 2018 Rosner and Sinkoff
Mussar and the Jewish Origins of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

2 April 2018 / 7:00PM

Rachael Rosner and Nancy Sinkoff

Wilde Auditorium: University of Hartford

Tim Snyder April 16 MondayThe Holocaust as History and Warning

16 April 2018 / 4:30PM

Timothy Snyder

Konover Auditorium

Charles Kaiser April 17 Tuesday

A Model of Resistance: How one French family chose to fight the Nazis during the occupation of Paris

17 April 2018 / 5:30PM

Charles Kaiser

Stamford Campus: Multi-Purpose Rm 108

Tally Kritzman-Amir Wednesday April 18 2018The Israeli Asylum System: Refugee Exclusion in the Land of Refugees

18 April 2018 / 3:30PM

Tally Kritzman-Amir

Hosmer Hall, UConn School of Law, Hartford 

Shamel PittsInteractive Dance Workshop

20 April 2018 / 6:00PM

Shamel Pitts

UConn Hillel 

Susannah Heschel April 26

Human Dignity in Judaism

26 April 2018 / 7:00PM

Susannah Heschel

Charter Oak Cultural Center - Hartford

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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 expert Berel Lang.

Our recently established Judaic Studies Road Show provides lectures from UConn’s world-class faculty on a wide variety of topics in Judaic Studies to synagogues, JCCs, high schools, libraries, and other community institutions across the state of Connecticut.

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 and centers across the University to fund various lectures and projects of mutual interest.