Wednesday, October 26 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, CO
Tickets: $12 in advance | $15 at the door | Free for students
The first two chapters of Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors examines the careers of Samuel and Joseph ibn Naghrela, Jews who served as the prime ministers of a Muslim kingdom in Spain during the Golden Age of Judeo-Islamic culture (11th century). Join Professor Brian Catlos as we turn back the clock 1,000 years to examine the shifting fortunes and precarious history of Jews in Muslim lands.
Brian Catlos, PhD is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is affiliated also with the History Department and the Humanities and Program in Jewish Studies. He co-convenes the University of Colorado Mediterranean Studies Group and is also co-director of The Mediterranean Seminar, an international forum for scholarly collaboration for developing research and teaching in the field of Mediterranean Studies, and co-Director (PI to July 2012) of the University of California Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Program, based at the University of California Santa Cruz.
This event is hosted by ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the JCC.
With Talkback by Professor Sasha Senderovich
Hosted by the Jewish Studies Undergraduate Student Advisory Board.
Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:00PM | Free and open to CU students and faculty.
RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for location.
**Cannes Film Festival Prize Un Certain Regard and Official Selection at both the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2007 Telluride Film Festival**
Synopsis from IMDb: The eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel's Negev Desert. Their booking set for a different city, and with no transportation out of the town or any hotels to stay at, the band settles at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz), who offers them lodging. Overcoming ethnic barriers, the Egyptians find diversion and companionship with the Israelis through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy.
Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies, will give a talkback following the film. Professor Senderovich will be teaching Introduction to Jewish Culture (JWST/GSLL 2350) this Spring 2017, T/TH @ 3:30PM - 4:45PM!
Thursday, October 27 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM | Lunch to be served
Open to CU Faculty and Graduate Students | RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu to receive pre-circulated reading
In this faculty and graduate student colloquium, Rachel Gordan, PhD, the 2016 Jim and Diane Shneer Fellow in Post-Holocaust American Judaism, will present on a chapter in her new book, How Judaism Became an American Religion, about the influence of celebrity on the mainstreaming of American Judaism during the postwar years. By focusing on the significance of Time magazine's coverage of American Jewish religious celebrities and of the three main Jewish denominations, this chapter shows how media coverage helped to transform the status of Judaism during the 1950s and early 1960s. This chapter is part of a larger manuscript about post-WWII American Judaism, for which the Mazal Holocaust collection is being consulted.
Rachel Gordan, PhD is a historian whose research and teaching focus on Jews, religion, and American culture. She received her doctorate in American religious history at Harvard, and her B.A. in American Studies at Yale. She has taught at Northwestern and the University of Toronto, prior to teaching at Brandeis and Boston University. Her first book, How Judaism Became an American Religion will be published by Harvard University Press in fall, 2017.
Dr. Gordan's visit is made possible by the Program in Jewish Studies and the University of Colorado Libraries through the generous support of the Jim and Diane Shneer Fellowship in Post-Holocaust American Judaism.
Photo: Louis Finkelstein on the cover of Time Magazine, October 15, 1951
Sephardic Cooking Demonstration with Nancy Sternbach, PhD
Thursday, November 3 | 3:30PM - 5:30PM | Free and open to the public.
Space is limited. RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for kitchen location.
Join the Program in Jewish Studies for a delicious evening featuring a Sephardic cooking demonstration with Nancy Sternbach, PhD, Professor of Spanish and Latina Studies at Smith College. Professor Sternbach will lead her audience through a history of Sephardic food and how to prepare a variety of tasty, vegetarian, Sephardic dishes.
Nancy Saporta Sternbach, PhD is a professor of Spanish and Latina Studies at Smith College where she teaches courses on Latin America, U.S. Latinas and the cultures of food in Spanish-speaking countries. She has written widely on Latina and Latin American feminisms, especially Latina playwrights. Her current research is devoted to producing a Sephardic cookbook. To that end, she spent a semester in Istanbul under the auspices of a Fulbright fellowship gathering material and interviewing Sephardic women.
Professor Sternbach's visit is hosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and generously cosponsored by CU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese and CU's Campus Dining Services. A special thanks to Paul Houle, Director of Campus Dining Services.
Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium with Nancy Sternbach
Friday, November 4, 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.
In this talk, Professor Sternbach takes the audience on her quest to discover "Sephardic" food. What she found along the way: myths, the cold shoulder, open arms, and the ingredients that constitute a community make their way into her discovery of what she thought was "simply" the food of her childhood. Join her in her personal odyssey from the Bronx, to Istanbul and Sofia, to cookbooks of congregations as she gathers recipes for her own cookbook.
Featuring "Songs, Liturgy and Stories of the Sephardic Tradition," a concert of Ladino music by Ljuba Davis and a presentation by Prof. Ross Brann.
Tuesday, November 15 | 5:15PM - 7:30PM
Free and open to the public. RSVP to CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu for location.
Join the Program in Jewish Studies and CU's Mediterranean Studies Group for an evening of Sephardic studies, featuring a lecture and musical performance.
Musical performer and singer Ljuba Davis will give an enthralling demonstration of the music of the Sephardim. In addition to performing in both Ladino and Hebrew, Ms. Davis will share stories, anecdotes, and histories of the Jewish presence on the Iberian Peninsula from the early 8th century, often referred to as the Golden Age of Jewry in Spain, to the Jewish expulsion in 1492, to Spain’s reconciliation gestures at the country’s Quincentennial Anniversary in 1992.
Ross Brann, PhD is the Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Pressidential Fellow in Near East Studies at Cornell University. Professor Brann studied at the University of California-Berkeley, the Hebrew University-Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell since 1986 and served seventeen years as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He is the author of The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. Brann is also the editor of four volumes and author of essays on the intersection of medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures. He is currently working on Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture.
Ms. Ljuba Davis is a musical performer who sings in Ladino and Hebrew. From Beckley, West Virgina, her background is that of both the Sephardic tradition (father's side) and Ashkenazi tradition (mother's side). Her paternal grandmother, whose maiden name was Moraines, told her at a very young age of the importance of treasuring the family history of the family being descendants of the Jews of Spain, and were actually among the "hidden Jews" who, during the Inquisition, were forced under threat of torture and death to denounce their heritage and convert to Christianity yet practiced Jewish life in secret.
Acting as a hazan (official of a Jewish synagogue) for the last 40 years, both on the East and West coasts, Ms. Davis delights in bringing into the service the gems of Sephardic liturgy and tradition. She performs in concert throughout the United States and abroad and, along with the incredible musicians of her Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble, will perform at the Music and More Festival on November 17, 2016, hosted by ACE at the Boulder JCC. The Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble's CD East and West, which was released in Summer of 2012, was met with critical acclaim when Ms. Davis was referred to as the “Sephardic Songbird.”
This event is cohosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and the CU Mediterranean Studies Group.
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? Professor Sheila Katz will explore these questions and more in this faculty and graduate student colloquium.
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.
Sunday, December 4 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Boulder Public Library
Free and open to the public.
The Program in Jewish Studies and the Boulder Public Library present a riveting lecture on the late Elie Wiesel by Professor David Shneer, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Professor of History, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, and 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 Weisel 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 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 Art is My Weapon: the Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati and his new book 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 Ph.D. 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, and is active in Federation, Limmud, AIPAC and Stand By Israel.
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, and 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 major 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.
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.