Friday, September 5, 2008

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination
A Reading and Discussion Series

Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination

The series will be facilitated by Murray Baumgarten and held at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street, Suite 100

The dates and books to be discussed are as follows:

Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Satan in Goray, Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Dybbuk and Other Writings, S. Ansky

Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Puttermesser Papers, Cynthia Ozick

Wednesday, December 10, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Angels in America, Tony Kushner

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Welcome Nathaniel Deutsch

Extracted from the UCSC Center for Jewish Studies ...

The Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathaniel Deutsch has joined the ranks of Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz!

Dr. Deutsch was recently appointed as a Professor of Literature and History and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and comes to UC from Swarthmore College, where he was instrumental in building that institution's Jewish Studies community as a professor in the Department of Religion. He was also a driving force behind the establishment of a Beit Midrash or House of Study, part of Swarthmore's Library and a center for the study of classical Jewish texts.

Professor Deutsch's research interests include: the Hebrew Bible; rabbinic literature; Jewish mysticism; Hasidism; Eastern European Jewish life; ethnography.

We are greatly pleased to have Dr. Deutsch join the Jewish Studies community here at UC and hope you'll take the time to introduce yourselves and welcome him as well.