Tuesday, April 21, 2009

“Jewish Studies at Santa Cruz: On the Cutting Edge of Tradition”

“Jewish Studies at Santa Cruz: On the Cutting Edge of Tradition”UCSC Jewish Studies Alumni Conference and Celebration

April 26, 2009
12:00–1:00 p.m. Buffet lunch
1:00–3:30 p.m. Conference
Humanities 1, Room 210

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Please join us for a unique conference that brings together UCSC Jewish Studies alumni, current students and faculty, and members of the broader Santa Cruz community to discuss Jewish Studies—past, present, and future. Alumni will talk about how UCSC’s program influenced their intellectual development and research, and the group will explore the distinctly Santa Cruz approach to Jewish Studies.

Conference sponsored by the David B. Gold Foundation

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://jewishstudies.ucsc.edu/

RSVP by April 20, 2009

James E. Young, "Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York" April 24, 2009

The Helen Diller Family Foundation Distinguished Lecture: "Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York," James E. Young, Professor of English and Judaic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

When: Friday, April 24, 2009. 11am-12:10pm
Where: Media Theater - Theater Arts Center, M110

photo of James E. YoungJames E. Young is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and currently Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies.

Professor Young is the author of At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (Yale University Press, 2000), The Texture of Memory (Yale University Press, 1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994, and Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 1988), which won a Choice Outstanding Book Award for 1988. He was also the Guest Curator of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City, entitled "The Art of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History" (March - August 1994, with venues in Berlin and Munich, September 1994 - June 1995) and was the editor of The Art of Memory (Prestel Verlag, 1994), the exhibition
catalogue for this show.

In 1997, Professor Young was appointed by the Berlin Senate to the five-member Findungskommission for Germany's national "Memorial to Europe's Murdered Jews," dedicated in 2005. He has also consulted with Argentina's government on its memorial to the desaparacidos, as well as with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums. Most recently, he was appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition, now under construction.

His articles and reviews have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Representations, New Literary History, Partisan Review, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Annales, SAQ, History and Theory, Harvard Design Magazine, Jewish Social Studies, Contemporary Literature, History and Memory, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward,Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Prooftexts, The Jewish Quarterly, Tikkun, The New York Times Magazine andBook Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, andSlate, among dozens of other journals and collected volumes. His books and articles have been published in German, French, Hebrew, Japanese, and Swedish.

Professor Young is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, ACLS Fellowship, NEH Exhibition planning, implementation, and research grants, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Grants, an American Philosophical Society Grant, and a Yad Hanadiv Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, among others.

In 2000, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, a ten-volume anthology of primary sources, documents, texts, and images, forthcoming with Yale University Press. He is also currently completing an insider's account of the World Trade Center Memorial process, entitled The Stages of Memory at Ground Zero: A Juror's Report on the World Trade Center Memorial Process.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jonathan Kirsch, "Harlots, Holy Books and History: Confessions of a Vulgarizer"

Stevenson College Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
Jonathan Kirsch, "Harlots, Holy Books, and History: Confessions of a Vulgarizer"
04/16/2009 Thursday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Fireside Lounge, Stevenson College
Open to Public / Free
Sponsored by UCSC Alumni Association and the Institute for Humanities Research

Jonathan Kirsch – a journalist and book critic by training and trade – is the author of seven books on the history of religion and religious texts, including these best-sellers:

The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible

God Against the Gods: A History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God

A 1971 graduate of Stevenson College, where he majored in history, Kirsch will discuss how he draws on, explains and interprets the work of professional historians in books that attempt to popularize (or, as some scholars prefer to say, "vulgarize") historical scholarship for a general readership.

Kirsch is a longtime book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, an adjunct professor at New York University, a guest host and commentator on NPR affiliates KCRW and KPPC in Southern California, and an attorney specializing in publishing law.

Contact information:
Michael Tassio
(831) 459-1026

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Minsk Ghetto

The Minsk Ghetto 1941–1943: Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism

A Reading and Talk by Barbara Epstein
Wednesday, April 22 7:30pm
BJE Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

Little has been written about the Minsk ghetto, the underground, the Communist-led resistance, and the local population's cooperation with the Jews in German-occupied Byelorussia. Drawing on interviews with Jewish ghetto survivors and partisan fighters, Epstein tells a story that stands in stark contrast to what transpired across much of Eastern Europe. Epstein will talk about the Minsk ghetto and the ordinary citizens, Jews and Byelorussians, who risked their lives to create an alliance against the Nazis.

Barbara Epstein is professor in the history of consciousness department at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is the author of Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the Seventies and Eighties, among other books.

For more information: http://www.bjesf.org/library.htm, or call Rose Katz at 415.567.3327 ext. 70.
All events are free and open to the public.
Free parking at the Pierce Street entrance between Ellis and Eddy.

Co-sponsored by the BJE Jewish Community Library