Israel/Palestine Panel with Orit Bashkin, Ilana Feldman, and Hilary Kalisman
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Old Main Theater, CU Boulder Campus
In this panel, Professor Bashkin will examine education in the Middle East. Much attention has been placed on the role of the colonial powers, the state and the nation in shaping the minds and bodies of children and students. In recent years, historians reassessed their archival practices and engaged in innovative reading techniques in order to reconstruct such voices.
Professor Kalisman will focus specifically on public school teachers in Palestine and Britain’s Middle Eastern Mandates, arguing that in order to study education, state and nation-building in Israel/Palestine we need to take a regional approach.
Professor Feldman will also discuss the effects of long-term displacement on Palestinian refugees and education in the Middle East. Refugees struggle with questions about how to live in exile, even as they hope for return. They also confront conditions of dying that are in part a product of both long-term displacement and the limits of humanitarian response.
Orit Bashkin is a Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Chicago. She works on the intellectual, social and cultural history of the modern Middle East. Professor Bashkin’s publications deal with Iraqi history, the history of Iraqi Jews, the Arab cultural revival movement (the nahda) in the late 19th century, and the connections between modern Arab history and Arabic literature. Her current research project explores the lives of Iraqi Jews in Israel. Professor Bashkin’s graduate students work on a range of issues: cultural history of Ottoman Iraq, the British mandates in Transjordan and Iraq, leisure in the Arab world, Mizrahi women, Syrian diplomacy, the Ottoman press, and Arab political thought.
Ilana Feldman is a Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research has focused on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (2008), Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule (2015), Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics (2018); and co-editor (with Miriam Ticktin) of In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (2010).
Hilary Falb Kalisman is a Professor of History and Endowed Professor of Israel/Palestine Studies in the Program in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder. Her research interests include education, colonialism, state and nation-building in Israel/Palestine as well as in the broader Middle East. Her current book manuscript, "Schooling the State: Education in the Modern Middle East" uses a collective biography of thousands of public school teachers across Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Transjordan/Jordan to trace how the arc of teachers’ professionalization correlated with their political activity, while undermining correspondence between nations, nationalism and governments across the region.
Embodied Judaism Symposium & Exhibit
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Fiske Planetarium, CU Boulder Campus
Doors open at 4:30 PM for an exhibit preview and light refreshments.
The symposium will take place from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Space is limited. RSVP required; you will be redirected to our Google RSVP Form.
Confronted by the aftermath of the Holocaust and the establishment of a Jewish State after WWII, Jews found new ways to think of themselves as Jewish Americans in the American West. Summer camps founded in the post-war years played a significant role in this expression – shaping children’s identities through outdoor western-themed activities such as horse riding, archery and shooting practice, and arts and crafts.
In Colorado, the founding of the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel in 1948 and the J Bar Double C Ranch in 1953 embodied the response of Denver’s Jewish communities to the new popularization of American camping. As in many American summer camps, cultural appropriation of Native American cultures played a role.
This same generation would come of age in the cultural revolutions of the 1960s to organize Jewish retreats in the American West to seek their own revolutionary sense of identity, solidarity, and spiritual expression. Movements such as Jewish Renewal and the Mosaic Jewish Outdoor Club are part of this continuum of experiential Judaism as it manifested in the natural beauty of Western landscapes.
Drawing on archival materials housed in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections, the biannual symposium and accompanying exhibit explores the historical and contemporary ways in which Jews have married their religious identities with their sense of belonging to the independent spirit and physical beauty of the American West.
Sarah Imhoff is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. She writes about religion and the body with a particular interest in gender, sexuality, and American religion. She is the author of Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism (Indiana University Press, 2017). Her current book project, A Queer Crippled Zionism: The Lives of Jessie Sampter considers the question of what it means when our embodied lives do not match our religious and political ideals.
Addison Kramer is an author from Colorado. As a child, Addison won various short stories and poetry awards from local papers, community organizations, and school competitions. She paused her creative writing career to earn a degree in History Honors and International Relations from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, developing her expository writing style in the process. Addison has continued to write, drawing inspiration from her family, life in Colorado, and her extensive travels and volunteer work abroad. She now lives, works, and writes in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Juli Kramer is a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Counseling Psychology. She also has an MA in Psychology and a BA in History and Political Science. Dr. Kramer’s expertise focuses on developing student creativity, critical thinking skills, and feelings of self-efficacy and positive identity. She regularly presents at international conferences on using holistic learning experiences to enhance positive youth development in both formal and informal educational settings. Dr. Kramer was most recently the Director of Curriculum for Soong Ching Ling Schools Shanghai, Multicultural Division Middle School and High School.
Marc Soloway has been the Rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, CO since 2004 and serves on the boards of Ramah of the Rockies and Hazon, the largest faith-based environmental organization. He loves sailing, skiing, and mountain biking. He has been very involved in the local food and sustainability movement and he milks goats every Sunday morning as part of Boulder's Jewish goat co-op. Rabbi Soloway was a student of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and was the last person to receive a private secondary rabbinic ordination from Schachter-Shalomi before he passed away in 2014.
Phoebe Young is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches and writes about the cultural and environmental history of the modern United States and the American West. Her current book project examines the history of camping and sleeping outside in American life since the Civil War and traces the relationships between outdoor practices, social politics, and public nature. She is the recipient of the 2016 Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Distinction in Teaching and Pedagogy and in Fall 2017 is serving as the interim Director for the Center for Humanities and the Arts.
The 2019 Embodied Judaism Symposium & Exhibit are hosted by CU Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies and the University Libraries' Special Collections, Archives & Preservation. It is part of the Jewish Studies’ Community Talks Series, made possible by a grant from the Rose Community Foundation, and cosponsored by The Center of the American West and additional university cosponsors at CU Boulder. Jews Out West also uses archival materials from the Beck Archives at the University of Denver, Shwayder Camp – Temple Emanuel, and the JCC Ranch Camp. Photo Credit: JCC Ranch Camp.