Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Old Main Theater
Free and open to the public | Please RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu
Join us for the 2016 Israel/Palestine Studies Professorship Annual Lecture, featuring Professor Sheila H. Katz, Middle East historian and author of Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence, the first comprehensive history of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots efforts to forge joint nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of their national movements. Dr. Sheila H. Katz says that, "to my knowledge there has never been an attempt to reach an enemy in such wildly diverse and creative ways by so many thousands of ordinary citizens during so many years of conflict." Her book chronicles those who resisted the dictates of their societies in order to stand face to face with the enemy. Together they spoke truth to power, witnessed the other’s suffering, demonstrated for justice, advocated for equality, monitored human rights, protected their environment, mourned together their children killed by the other, made music and art, and challenged policies that perpetuated violence. The author puts into historical context over 500 initiatives which constitute a fraction of the joint projects by Arabs and Jews in the past one hundred years. Her book analyzes their failures to achieve a just peace and details their successes.
Sheila H. Katz, PhD, is Professor of Middle East History and Contemplative Studies in the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She received a doctorate in Middle East History from Harvard University where she specialized in Palestinian-Israeli relations, organized programs on Middle Eastern women, and taught for eight years. Her book, Women and Gender in Early Jewish and Palestinian Nationalism (University Press of Florida, 2003), investigates the formation of conflict at the intersections of gender and nationalism. She has published numerous articles and reviews in Kandiyoti’s, Gendering the Middle East, the Arab Studies Journal, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, the Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies Newsletter, Harvard International Review, and Lilith. Katz founded one of the early networks for Palestinians and Israelis to confront tough issues together during the years she lived in Jerusalem while leading workshops on inequality in Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, England, France, Sweden, Italy, Greece, and the U.S. She is a founding teacher of the Nishmat Hayyim meditation collective in Brookline, MA.
Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium with Sheila H. Katz, PhD
Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Open to CU Faculty and Graduate Students | RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for location and pre-circulated reading | Lunch will be served
What happened when women who had been fighting for their rights and for their national existence in separate Palestinian and Israeli societies decided to work together? When Israeli and Palestinian feminists linked their own rights to an end to international conflict, terrorism, inequality, and occupation, what were the results of their collective action? In this faculty and student colloquium, Professor Katz will explore these questions through excerpts from her brand new publication Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence. Professor Katz looks forward to hearing participants' perspectives on this topic from their own fields, research, and experience.
Discussion will be richer if participants get a change to read parts of the book before meeting, a they will provide a larger historical context. Please email CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for the pre-circulated reading. Participants can purchase Professor Katz's new book Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Nonviolence, at the CU Book Store a week prior to the event.
Professor Katz's visit is made possible by the Israel/Palestine Studies Endowed Professorship Fund. This event is hosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and generously cosponsored by CU's Department of Women and Gender Studies, Department of History, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Certificate Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
Sunday, December 4 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Boulder Public Library
Free and open to the public.
The Program in Jewish Studies, the Boulder Public Library, and ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the JCC present an event lecture on the late Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel featuring a lecture by CU Professor David Shneer preceded by a presentation by Ms. Kathryn Bernheimer, Director of ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the Boulder JCC.
Ms. Bernheimer will introduce the personal story of the iconic figure of Elie Wiesel followed by a lecture by Professor Shneer.
In 1959, Elie Wiesel published Night, his literary recreation of surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Seven years later, he published Jews of Silence, which gave a language and moral authority to the global “Save Soviet Jewry” movement. In this talk, Professor Shneer will explore Wiesel’s many legacies with a focus on his early years during the Cold War as we explore the relationship between Holocaust survival, moral authority, and political activism.
David Shneer, PhD, is Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, Professor of History, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for Jewish Studies and is co-editor in chief of East European Jewish Affairs. His current projects include a musical revue Art is My Weapon: the Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati and book-in-progress Grief: The History of the World’s First Holocaust Liberation Photograph.
Kathryn Bernheimer is director of ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the Boulder JCC, as well as the JCC’s Cultural Arts Director. In her past lives, Kathryn was a PhD candidate in Theater at CU, a film critic and features writer for the Boulder Daily Camera, the Boulder correspondent for the Intermountain Jewish News, the host of the Denver Jewish Film Festival, a guest film programmer at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, and the author of two books of film criticism, including “The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies.” She has been the MC of the Boulder Jewish Festival since its inception.
This program is generously supported by the Boulder Library Foundation.
Photo: Elie Wiesel (1987) by Erling Mandelmann, public domain
Brown Bag with Ms. Daniella Ponter
Monday, December 5 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM | Please RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for location
Join us and bring along a brown bag lunch!
In this brown bag presentation, Ms. Daniella Ponter will discuss the contribution of the Jews in Africa, focusing on Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, South Africa, and related African cultures. She will explore the current state of affairs for Jews and African society, including the economy, politics, and freedom of speech. She will also discuss new and exciting African Jewish Heritage Tours for those interested.
Ms. Daniella Ponter is a citizen of Zimbabwe, and her family are long-standing residents of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Her grandfather was the first Jewish mayor of Salisbury in Rhodesia, before it became Zimbabwe, and he was also a member of Parliament and chairman of the equivalent of the Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Ponter's family owns one of the area's top safari/tour companies. Learn more here: https://sikelelisafaris.com/safari-your-way-colorado/
Thursday, December 15 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder CO
Tickets: $12 in advance | $15 at the door | Free for students
It is well established that Franz Kafka's exposure to Yiddish theater in Prague in the 1910s was a turning point in his literary career. Less well known but no less significant is that Orson Welles assiduously frequented New York's Yiddish theaters long before shooting "The Trial" in 1962. Professor Davide Stimilli argues that their common indebtedness to Yiddish theater was the source of their idiosyncratic yet kindred outlookds, which ultimately reflected the imagery of Yiddish theatre, the "shadows of forgotten ancestors"
Davide Stimilli, PhD is Associate Professor of Germn, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at CU Boulder and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. He has written extensively on Kafka and Aby Warburg and is completing a book on Kafka and Welles.
This event is hosted by ACE: Arts, Culture and Education at the JCC.