Tuesday, April 29, 2008

May events

Two exciting events in May from the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz:

“Russia, Jews and The Arts”
A one-day conference on Sunday, May 4, 2008 brings together scholars from UCSC, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Dartmouth University, The University of Illinois, and the Magnes Museum to order to address the question of Jewish contributions to Russian literature, theater and visual culture. and to present their research in this field. Topics include literature, art, language, theater, and film.

We hope you'll join us in Humanities 1 Colloquia Room 202 beginning at 9:00AM for opening remarks by Professor of History & Center for Jewish Studies Fellow Peter Kenez. Sessions will continue throughout the day.

For disability access, more information, or copies of papers to be presented or discussed, email Kelly Feinstein at kefeinstein@ucsc.edu. You can also visit us on the web at http://humwww.ucsc.edu/jsconference08/.

"Jews, Ostrich Feathers, and Modern Global Commerce: America and the trans-hemispheric market."

On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 from 4:00 - 6:00PM in Humanities Colloquia Room 210 the Center for Jewish Studies presents the eighth and final Gold Foundation Distinguished Lecture for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Sarah Stein will present a lecture entitled "Jews, Ostrich Feathers, and Modern Global Commerce: America and the trans-hemispheric market." Professor Stein, soon-to-be Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA explores how the thirst for exotic ornament among fashionable women in the metropoles of Europe and America prompted a
bustling global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until the First World War.

When feathers fell out of fashion with consumers, the result was an economically catastrophic, world-wide feather bust. Sarah Stein's research suggests that Jews fostered and nurtured the trade across the global commodity chain and throughout the far-flung territories where ostriches were reared and plucked, and their feathers were sorted, exported, imported, auctioned, wholesaled, and finally manufactured for
sale. In this talk, Stein explores Jews' involvement in the American branch of the global ostrich feather trade, from New York's Lower East Side to entrepreneurial farms in the American west.

Parking is limited and permits are required. They are available for purchase at the Information Kiosk at the main entrance to campus. For maps and directions, visit the UCSC Maps Page: http://www.ucsc.edu/maps.

If you have questions or disability-related access needs, please contact
tim guichard, Administrative Assistant, jewishstudies@ucsc.edu.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

April events

If you've read my previous post, you'll know that UCSC's McHenry Library moved at the end of March and you may extrapolate that I've been busy working on the move. This is a back-hand way of apologizing for being late with posting April events. Here's a start and I'll be adding new entries as soon as I can.

Pianist Gila Goldstein in Concert
Israel in the Bay event - celebrating Israel's 60th Birthday
Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco
Monday, April 14, 2008 - 7:30 pm

Jellyfish, a film by Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen

Winner of the Camera d’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival

Poignant, often witty and exceedingly cinematic, JELLYFISH (MEDUZOT), tells the story of three very different Tel Aviv women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a child apparently abandoned at a local beach. Batya is one of the servers at the wedding reception of Keren, a bride who breaks her leg escaping a locked toilet stall, ruining her chance at a dream Caribbean honeymoon. And attending the event with an employer is Joy, a non Hebrew-speaking domestic worker who has guiltily left her son behind in her native Philippines.

As this distaff trio separately wends their way through Israel’s most cosmopolitan city, they struggle with issues of communication, affection and destiny—but at times find uneasy refuge in its tranquil seas.

In French and Hebrew with English subtitles

Opens in Bay Area theatres
Friday, April 25, 2008

A.B. Yehoshua
Israeli Pages: A Year of Hebrew Literature

In conversation with Vered Shemtov
Stanford University, Hewlett Building - Room 200, 370 Serra Mall
Sunday, April 27, 2008
- 8:00 pm

In conversation with Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St, San Francisco
Monday, April 28, 2008 - 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pardon our dust ...

I don't usually post chatty notes but it has been awhile since I've updated this blog (don't most blog entries begin with an apology for being lax in posting?) and I thought I'd take this opportunity to update campus and local community users with recent developments in the McHenry building project. If you weren't already aware, for the past couple of years access to the south side of the library was closed off while an addition to McHenry was being built. That addition was completed in March and we moved collections, staff and everything else that would fit into the new wing during Spring Break.

The addition is now McHenry Library while for the next two years the old building will be closed for renovations. The staff, collections, and services that were in McHenry last quarter can be found in the new space, more or less, but in very different configurations. Once you get the hang of the new arrangement, however, the new scheme is easier to navigate.

4th floor - collections AC-HT books & journals, copiers
3rd floor - collections HV-TR, oversized books & journals, copiers
2nd floor - Reference, GovPubs, Commons (computers, printing), Microforms, copiers
1st floor - entrance - Circulation Desk - check-in/out, interlibrary loan, course reserves
Gnd floor - Media Center (video & audio), Visual Resource Collection (slides)

While many units are in temporary and reduced space for the next couple of years, a couple are in permanent and enhanced circumstances. Of particular note, the Media Center is completely reconfigured , combining the MERC and Film & Music units into one expansive facility. The Visual Resource Collection is also in its new permanent and expanded home but it will be hosting in-transit Special Collections & Archives for the next couple years.

If you haven't already visited and explored the new facility, I want to invite you to take a look. After decades of redwood paneling and brick-red linoleum of our old library, the new space is a bit stark and post-modern. Once you get past the initial reaction to the change and find your way around, you may learn to appreciate its better features. I recommend visiting the reading rooms along the south wall of the 3rd and particularly 4th floors: they are among the most pleasant public spaces I've seen in any library.

The temporary McHenry Library entry is on the south side of the building, towards the ARCenter, Performing Arts, Baskin Studios, etc. The path and stairs from the ARC (which now has a small cafe, by the way) and the road from Performing Arts parking lot have been reopened. There is limited parking below McHenry and a few handicapped parking spaced adjacent to the building.

From the north (Bay Tree Plaza, Cowell College, Science Hill, Kerr, Hahn etc.) access to McHenry Library is limited. There is no car or truck access or parking at all at the north. The closest parking from the north is the Hahn lot. Bicycles are directed to use the road from Kerr Hall through Performing Arts and then to the Library from the south. Walkers reach the library from the path leading from the west end of the Hahn footbridge, down a flight of wooden steps and across a boardwalk leading to the east side of the building. From there you walk around to the entrance at the southwest corner.

Next: Where are the paper towels? and How do you move the compact shelves?

Dr. Andrei Markovits, “Sports Culture and Jewish Identity in Europe and the U.S.”: Gold Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Andrei Markovits to deliver seventh Gold Distinguished Lecture of the 2007-2008 academic year.

The Center for Jewish Studies is proud to Present Dr. Andrei Markovits as our seventh Gold Foundation Distinguished Lecturer of the 2007-2008 academic Year. Dr. Markovits will delivere a lecture entitled “Sports Culture and Jewish Identity in Europe and the U.S.” on

Monday, April 7th
Humanities I Rm 210
4:00-6:00 PM

Jews have rarely, if ever, been associated with sports of any kind. And yet, modern sports have played a key role in the lives of Jewish men in particular since the proliferation of mass sports as culture in the late nineteenth century. By using his own biography as an inveterate sports fan on both sides of the Atlantic since his childhood in Romania, Professor Andrei Markovits will analyze how sports--which he has elsewhere called "hegemonic" in that they exist in our daily lives well beyond their loci of production on the courts, fields and stadia--have interacted with Jews. The lecture will discuss some of the so-called "Jewish" soccer teams in Europe and how anti-Semitism has re-emerged at virtually all levels of contemporary European soccer (football).

Professor Markovits will also contrast the Jewish sports experiences in Europe and the United States, placing them in the larger context of the Jewish experience on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, he will conclude with the decisive role of Jews in basketball, the so- called "liberal's game." (The lecture will immediately precede the NCAA championship game in men's Division I college basketball!)

Andrei Markovits is currently the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author and editor of many books on topics as varied as German and Austrian politics, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, social democracy, social movements, the European right and the European left. Markovits has also worked extensively on comparative sports culture in Europe and North America. He has widely written on global soccer with special emphasis on Germany, Austria and the United States. His latest book, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America, has just been published by Princeton University Press.

Parking is limited and permits are required. They are available for purchase at the Information Kiosk at the main entrance to campus. For maps and directions, visit the UCSC Maps Page: http://www.ucsc.edu/maps

If you have questions or disability-related access needs, please contact tim guichard, Administrative Assistant, at jewishstudies@ucsc.edu.