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1/25/18 – Phil Lieberman Moderates Nashville Jewish Book Series: David G. Dalin & Jewish Justices

  In this upcoming event from the Nashville Gordon Jewish Community Center, Vanderbilt Jewish Studies professor Phil Lieberman will interview David Dalin on the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews, from Brandies to Kagan, who have served or who…

1/25/18 – Lisa Silverman, “Absent Jews and Invisible Antisemitism in Postwar Vienna: ‘Der Prozess’ (1948) and ‘The Third Man’ (1949)”

Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. Lisa Silverman from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “Absent Jews and Invisible Antisemitism in Postwar Vienna: Der Prozess (1948) and The Third Man (1949)” January 25, 2018, at 4:10pm in Buttrick Hall…

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12/14/17 – Shaul Kelner on Panel “Remembering the Refusenicks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain”

Jewish Studies professor Shaul Kelner will be part of a panel at the Gordon Jewish Community Center discussing, “Remembering the Refusenicks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain” on December 14 from 7-8:30pm. More information here.

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1/31/18 – JS Lecture Series – Sandrine Sanos, “Post-Holocaust Visions of War and Decolonization in France, 1958-1963”

The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series continues with Dr. Sandrine Sanos from Texas A&M University speaking on “Post-Holocaust Visions of War and Decolonization in France, 1958-1963.”                          …

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2/1/18 – Alexander Knysh, “A Clash of Islams: Sufism and Salafism in the Caucasus”

Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. Alexander Knysh from the University of Michigan. “A Clash of Islams: Sufism and Salafism in the Caucasus” February 1, 2018, from 4:00-5:30pm. Center for Second Language Studies, Room 003 Dr. Alexander…

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2/1/17 – Eric Kurlander, “The Third Reich as Supernatural Project: The Role of Folklore, Occultism, and Border Science in Nazi Empire-Building”

Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Eric Kurlander. “The Third Reich as Supernatural Project:  The Role of Folklore, Occultism, and Border Science in Nazi Empire-Building” February 1, 2018, at 4pm. Lecture in Buttrick 102, with reception to follow…

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2/14/18 – JS Lecture Series – Natalie Zemon Davis, “Languages of the People: A Romanian-Jewish Philologist on Yiddish, Romanian and French”

The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series is proud to present Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis from the University of Toronto. “Languages of the People: A Romanian-Jewish Philologist on Yiddish, Romanian and French” February 14, 2017 4pm, Divinity 124 (Reading Room)…

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2/21/18 – JS Lecture Series – Yiddish Glory, “Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II”

The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series is proud to present Yiddish Glory: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II. February 21, 2018 7-8:30pm, Sarrat Cinema FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC CONCERT/LECTURE DESCRIPTION: Singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow…

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3/16/17 – David Shneer, “Making Grief: How a Soviet Photographer Made a Photograph of Holocaust Liberation into an Icon of War’s Human Tragedy”

Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. David Shneer from the University of Colorado. “Making Grief: How a Soviet Photographer Made a Photograph of Holocaust Liberation into an Icon of War’s Human Tragedy” March 16, 2017, from 12:10-2:00pm….

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4/16/18 – JS Lecture Series – Ronnie Perelis, “Families of Blood and Faith: Religion, Race and Community in the Sephardic Atlantic”

The Program in Jewish Studies is proud to present Dr. Ronnie Perelis from Yeshiva University. “Families of Blood and Faith: Religion, Race and Community in the Sephardic Atlantic” April 16, 2018 12-1:30pm, Buttrick 123 TALK DESCRIPTION: Who are our true…

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JS Lecture Series – Sylvia Barack Fishman, “Circles of Jewish Life: Changing Family Formation and Jewish Connectedness among America’s Younger Jews”

Circles of Jewish Life: Changing Family Formation and Jewish Connectedness among America’s Younger Jews What do we know about younger American Jews and their friends, personal lives, and families? How do they relate to “Jewishness,” and what does it mean…

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Nashville Jewish Film Festival

The Program in Jewish Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit the NJFF website. Jewish Studies professors will be guest speakers at the following events: Allison Schachter – Director,…

JS Lecture Series – Paul Reitter, “Solomon Maimon’s Multinationalism in Translation”

Solomon Maimon’s Multinationalism in Translation Join us for a lunch talk with Paul Reitter from Ohio State University. Monday, October 16th, 2017 12pm, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Seminar Room Co-sponsored by the Department of German, Russian &…

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JS Lecture Series – Lonneke Geerlings, “The Travels of Rosey E. Pool Through the Deep South, 1959-60”

“Anne Frank’s Teacher, W.E.B. DuBois’ Confidant: The Travels of Rosey E. Pool through the Deep South, 1959-60” Dr. Rosey E. Pool was a Dutch Jewish educator, translator and political activist. In her remarkable life, she taught Anne Frank, joined the…

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Little Failure: A Reading and Conversation with Gary Shteyngart

For the next installment of the Program in Jewish Studies Lecture Series 2016-17, award-winning author Gary Shteyngart joins Professor Sasha Senderovich for a conversation and reading from Little Failure: A Memoir, a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of Shteyngart’s experiences…

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Robert Alter: The Challenge of Translating the Bible – January 30th

Vanderbilt University is delighted to welcome Robert Alter, Ph.D., Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Professor Alter is the author of twenty-two published books, which include award-winning translations of Genesis and the Five Books…

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Clarice Lispector Translated, October 24th

October 10, 2016 — Vanderbilt University proudly presents a conversation between award-winning translator Katrina Dodson and Professor Earl Fitz on Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories (New Directions, 2015). From one of the greatest modern writers, these 85 stories are gathered from…

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SJAS Conference to be held at Vanderbilt University

The 17th International Conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies will be held at Vanderbilt from 15-18 August. The conference will feature world-renowned scholars speaking on all issues of Judaeo-Arabic language, literature, philosophy, society, and culture. The conference will begin…

Dr. Adam Gregerman to Speak 3/14

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking 1965 Roman Catholic declaration on the relation between the Church and Judaism, both Jews and Catholics have released major theological statements on Jewish-Christian relations. Dr. Gregerman will critically analyze these…

Cary Nelson from The University of Illinois to speak at Vanderbilt- 12/3

Cary Nelson will present “One Land, Two States, Three Narratives: A Proposal” on December 3rd from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 114 Furman Hall. Nelson is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Emeritus Professor of English. Known as a commentator on higher…

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Professor Julia Cohen to present at the 3rd annual International Ladino Day celebration at the University of Washington

Sephardi Lives in Living Color Two editors, seven years, fifteen languages, and hundreds of documents. These are the elements of Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History. The impressive new volume out from Stanford University Press was co-edited by Prof. Julia Phillips Cohen of…

11/10/2015: SUNY’s Sara Lipton presents: "What's in a Nose? On the Origins, Evolution, and Implications of the Anti-Semitic Caricature”

Sara Lipton, Professor of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook will speak at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, November 10th from 4:00-5:30, 123 Buttrick Hall. “What’s in a Nose? On the Origins, Evolution, and Implications of the Anti-Semitic Caricature” With…

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10/12/15- Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Presented by Holocaust Lecture Series

Now in its 38th year, Vanderbilt’s annual Holocaust lecture series is the longest-running program of its kind at any university in the U.S. This year’s theme is gender and genocide which will explore how the multifaceted entanglements of gender and…

Lecture by Inge Auerbacher, Child Survivor of the Holocaust 10/27/15

Inge Auerbacher was born in Germany in 1935 and spent three years between seven and ten years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. In her lecture, she will describe her memories of life before World War…

Zimmerman Judaica Collection Exhibit Opens

Vanderbilt’s Judaica Collection : 70 Years in the Making -A nearly yearlong exhibition opened in May commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Mary and Harry Zimmerman Judaica Collection in the Vanderbilt University Divinity Library. The collection, numbering more than 20,000 titles,…

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3/30 Condemning Hate, Reaffirming VU's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies will join with the Office of the Dean of Students, Vanderbilt Student Government, the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life, the Office of Greek Life and Vanderbilt’s Hillel, Chabad, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council,…

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4/20 Lenn Goodman Book Celebration

On Monday, April 20th in Buttrick Hall, there will be an event celebrating the publication of the book Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature (Brill, 2014). The program begins at 4:30 pm with a light reception in the Buttrick Atrium.  Beginning…

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3/15-16/2015: Two Lectures on Holocaust Memory, with Michael Bernard-Donals

Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, and the Nancy Hoefs Professor of English and affiliate member of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present two lectures on Holocaust memory.   Sunday 3/15: Public…

3/11/2015: Orit Yeret Presents Modern Hebrew at Vanderbilt

Orit Yeret will be presenting at the Center for Second Language Studies on the teaching of Modern Hebrew at Vanderbilt. Yeret joined the Vanderbilt faculty this past fall (2014) as the University’s first full-time instructor of Modern Hebrew. She is…

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3/11/2015: UCLA's Tutino Speaks on Catholic-Jewish Relations in 17th C. Rome

“Buying with You, Selling with You, & Praying with You? Jewish Properties, Inquisitorial Conflicts, & Probabilist Theology in 17th Century Rome.” Dr. Stefania Tutino, Professor of History, UCLA Wednesday, March 11 4:00-5:30 pm Tillet Faculty Lounge, Vanderbilt Divinity School  …

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2/6/2015: UCLA's Todd Presner visits Vanderbilt

UCLA’s Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies, Todd Presner will speak at Vanderbilt on Friday, February 6th from 11:10-12:30, 123 Buttrick Hall “The Ethics of the Algorithm: Close and Distant Listening to the Shoah Foundation Visual History…

1/24/2015: Schoenberg’s "A Survivor from Warsaw," Performance and Lecture

The Vanderbilt Orchestra will perform Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at Ingram Hall on Saturday January 24th at 8:00 p.m. The piece will be performed with the men of the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and with narration by Vanderbilt musicologist Jim Lovensheimer….

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11/23/2014: Brunch and Learn with Julia Phillips Cohen

Professor Julia Phillips Cohen will discuss the history of Sephardi Jewry and her new book, Sephardi Lives, this Sunday, November 23rd. Bagels and Coffee will be provided! Copies of Professor Cohen’s book will be also available for purchase and signing…

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11/13/2014: Brandeis U's ChaeRan Freeze visits Vanderbilt

Brandeis University’s Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Dr. ChaeRan Freeze, comes to Vanderbilt on November 13th. “Illness and Everyday Life in Imperial Russia” Thursday, November 13th, 12:00PM, Buttrick 123 Lunch Provided     BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Dr. Freeze…

11/12/2014: Goodman & Geller on Lemkin & Genocide

On Wednesday, November 12th, Vanderbilt’s Social and Political Thought Workshop will feature Prof. Lenn Goodman, presenting on “Raphael Lemkin – Framing the Concept of Genocide.” Prof. Jay Geller will serve as commentator. ROOM: Sarratt 189 TIME: Noon-1:30 Attendees of the…

9/18/2014: Yeshiva U's Ephraim Kanarfogel on Jews Returning from Apostasy in Medieval Christian Europe – Lunch Provided

Yeshiva University’s E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law and Chair of the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies, Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, comes to Vanderbilt on September 18th. “There and Back Again: Jews Returning from…

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2/27/2014: Haifa's J. H. Chajes to Speak on Kabbalah and the Diagramming of the Divine

2013-14 Jewish Studies Lecture Series presents Haifa University’s Yossi Chajes on February 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in 100 Alumni Hall. His talk is entitled, “It’s Good to See the King: Visual Kabbalah and the Diagramming of the Divine.”

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45th Annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference

The 45th annual Association for Jewish Studies conference will take place in Boston, MA on December 15-17, 2013 and Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies will be well represented.   Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman: Moderator for Pre-modernity in the Digital Age Julia Cohen: Discussant…

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Nashville Jewish Film Festival

The Program in Jewish Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit the NJFF website.

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10/30/2013: Screening of "The Dybbuk"

This Halloween no one can escape Yiddish zombies from beyond the tomb!! Join the Program in Jewish Studies for “The Dybbuk” on October 30 @ 8 p.m. in the Commons Multipurpose room.

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