Spring 2020 Programming

Jan 15 Wed Three Rabbi PanelAt Home in America? Part 2: A Three-Rabbi Panel

15 January 2020 / 6:30PM

Rabbis Tuvia Brander, Andi Fliegel, and James Rosen

Mandell JCC, West Hartford


Kaplan Jan 28Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

28 January 2020 / 6:00PM

Marion Kaplan

Main Auditorium, UConn Stamford

Kaplan Jan 29Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

29 January 2020 / 1:45PM

Marion Kaplan

Class of '47, Babbidge Library, Storrs

Tsabari Feb 18Language, Longing, and Belonging

18 February 2020 / 4:30PM

Ayelet Tsabari

Trinity College Hartford

Lang Mar 11Against the Lachrymose View of Jewish History—Again

11 March 2020 / 1:30 - 3:30PM

Class of '47, Babbidge Library, Storrs

https://judaicstudies.uconn.edu/2019/12/05/kaplan/How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

18 March 2020 / 7:00PM 

Josh Lambert, Ilan Stavans

Mandell JCC, Hartford


Wednesday April 1 Pearlstein and Edwards

Film Screening: The Last Laugh

1 April 2020 / 7:00PM 

Ferne Pearlstein and Robert Edwards

Mandell JCC, Hartford


Monday April 20 BrowningHolocaust History and Survivor Testimony 75 Years After Liberation

20 April 2020 /  5:00PM

Christopher Browning

Student Union Theater, Storrs


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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.

Past Programming:

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016