At the Center for Jewish Studies, we believe that dialogue and the exchange of ideas are essential to expanding the appreciation and understanding of Jewish history and culture. Through a variety of events—including seminars, lectures, and celebrations—we act as a hub for University and community discourse and learning.
Monday, December 2, 2013
3pm - 6pm
125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
University of Minnesota
"Semi(o)te Xt 2: Reading Jewishness Between the Text" is a one-day symposium/workshop on Jewishness and poetics broadly construed; we will explore how poets and writers think about, produce, and enact Jewishness in their texts. The two main presenters will be Maria Damon and Alan Sondheim; Elizabeth Workman (MFA candidate in the Department of English) will read a response to last year's event, and Eric Lorberer of Rain Taxi Review of Books will respond to Alan and Maria's presentations as well as read some of his own work. The goal is to engage in critical discussions about the permutations and fluidities of Jewish texts and how they situate themselves (or not) in this loose matrix. The presenters will address, sometimes obliquely, the ways in which Jewishness is textually present in their work. One focus of the symposium will be to explore how this textual presence enables a shifting and changing of Jewishness-different ways of enacting Jewishness in a range of media, but especially language.
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Co-sponsored by the Program for Religious Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Rain Taxi Review of Books(Continue Reading)11/04/13
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
St. Anthony Main Theatre
A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage.
The documentary presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
Noemi Schory is currently the Schusterman Visiting Artist at the University of Minnesota throughout Fall Semester 2013. A renowned documentary film director and producer, she is active in Israeli and many international co-productions, primarily in the documentary field.
A Film Unfinished, which she produced, has received numerous awards worldwide and was an nominated for an Emmy after it aired on PBS in 2010. In 2005, Schory was elected president of Input, the international public television conference. She also serves as a museum film director and producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
To view the trailer click here.
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jewish Community Relations Council
The following courses are not part of the JWST curriculum; however, they are taught by affiliated faculty members and may be of interest to Jewish Studies students. Please contact the instructor for more information. This list will continue to be updated, so please check back!(Continue Reading)10/28/13
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
135 Nicholson Hall
Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.
The Toledot Yeshu is a set of stories about the life of Jesus, written by Jews and dedicated to demonstrating the falseness of his Messianic claims. Versions, some surviving and some now lost, circulated throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Judeo-Arabic. It was translated into Latin in the thirteenth century and again in the fifteenth century by Christian polemical authors, and indeed the earliest full version that survives from Europe is in Latin. Some versions contain a scene of anal rape of Jesus by Judas.
Prof. Ruth Mazo Karras suggests that this detail may have been introduced into Hebrew versions in western Europe because of an awareness that Christians were extremely concerned with sodomy, and then elaborated on in the Latin translation for that same reason. Prof. Michelle Hamilton, of the department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and a Center for Jewish Studies' affiliated faculty member, will respond to this presentation.
Click here for more information.(Continue Reading)10/28/13
"Lawyers Without Rights" tells the story of the fate of German Jewish lawyers, judges and prosecutors after Hitler came to power. The exhibit explores Hitler's systematic and calculated strategy to disable the legal system and the constitutional framework of the Weimar Republic, setting the stage for the commission of unthinkable crimes against humanity.
The exhibition will be on view for a month in various location in Minnesota.
Oct. 21 - Nov. 4 Minneapolis Federal Courthouse
Nov. 4 - Nov. 9 Minnesota Judicial Center
Nov. 9 - Nov. 14 Duluth Federal Courthouse
Nov. 14 - Nov. 16 University of Minnesota School of Law
Nov. 17 - Nov. 20 IDS Center, Crystal Court
Nov. 21 Minneapolis Marriott, City Center
Please click here.pdf to view the poster for this event. For more information, contact any of the planning committee co‐chairs: Judge Susan Richard Nelson (651‐848‐1970), Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron (651‐848‐1190), Justice David Stras (651‐297‐7650), or Rachel Zimmerman, on behalf of the MN FBA (612‐336‐4667) or Steve Hunegs, on behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (612‐338‐7816).
The exhibition is sponsored by the U.S. District Court, the Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Cardozo Society, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Law School and the Center for Austrian Studies(Continue Reading)10/28/13