Fall/Spring 2007-08 Lecture Series
Aviva Kempner, "Hank Greenberg: Famous for the Day He Did Not Play"
Sunday, September 23, 2007, 4:00 p.m., Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium (School of Social Work building), 325 Pittsboro Street (view campus map)
Aviva Kempner, scriptwriter, director, and producer, will screen her award-winning film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, a compelling documentary that examines how America's first Jewish baseball star was a beacon of hope to American Jews who faced bigotry during the Depression and World War II.
This event is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58. Co-sponsored by the Curriculum in American Studies.
Aviva Kempner, "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg"
Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center theatre (view campus map)
Kempner will lecture and give a sneak peek into her current project, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, on the life and career of Gertrude Berg, the creator, writer and star of The Goldbergs, a popular 1930s radio show and weekly television program.
This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58. Co-sponsored by the Curriculum in American Studies.
Jonathan Boyarin, "Just Jewish Enough: Thinking Jewish in the Self-Portraits of Rafael Goldchain"
Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
In "Familial Ground," Chilean-Canadian Jewish photographer Rafael Goldchain created a series of portraits of "himself as" a number of paternal and maternal ancestors: male and female, traditional and modern, in Poland and the New World. Goldchain reads his own work as a meditation on memory and loss. Jonathan Boyarin, newly-hired Kaplan Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at UNC-Chapel Hill, reads these portraits as a loving but unsentimental lesson in how to create oneself in the reflecting mirror of the ancestors.
Deborah Dash Moore, "G.I. Jews: How World War Two Changed a Generation"
Monday, October 29, 2007, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lectureship
Whether they came from Sioux Falls, South Dakota or the Bronx, New York, over half a million Jews entered the United States' armed forces during the Second World War. Uprooted from their working- and middle-class neighborhoods, they joined every branch of the military and saw action on all fronts. Deborah Dash Moore, Director of the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History, University of Michigan, gives us an unprecedented view of the multiple struggles these GI Jews faced, having to fight not only the enemy, but also the prejudices of their fellow soldiers.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the Department of History, and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense.
Piotr Sommer, "A Poet's Life in Warsaw"
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies
Polish poet, essayist and translator, Piotr Sommer, will read from his poetry and tell of growing up in post-war Poland from the early 1950's through the early 1990's. He will describe life in Otwock, a small town outside of Warsaw, and in Warsaw itself -- first as a boy in the yard and at school, then as a student at Warsaw University, and later as a beginning writer. Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
This lecture is made possible by a special gift from Lyn and Michael Green in loving memory of Bernard Szabo and by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58. Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
Derek Penslar, "Israel and the Diaspora: Convergence or Rupture?"
Monday, January 14, 2008, 7:30 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre
(view campus map)
The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies
Derek Penslar, Samuel J. Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto, will address how Zionist ideology and the Israeli state are not as far removed from Diaspora Jewish norms as is commonly thought. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.
Eric Goldstein, "Jewish Merchants and Former Slaves: The Economic Relationship in the Post-Civil War South"
Monday, February 4, 2008, 7:30 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
The Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lectureship on the Jewish Experience in the American South
Eric Goldstein, Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Emory University, will explore the economic relationship forged between African Americans and Jews in the years following the Civil War. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.
Joshua Jacobson, "Jewish Music and All That Jazz"
Monday, March 3, 2008, 7:30 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
Kaplan-Brauer Lecture on the Contribution of Judaism to Civilization
Joshua Jacobson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Northeastern University, will examine the impact of American life on Jewish composers and the impact of Jews on American music. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music.
Christopher R. Browning, "Remembering Survival: Postwar Testimonies of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps"
Monday, April 14, 2008, 7:30 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre (view campus map)
Christopher R. Browning, Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of History, will discuss the history of the Nazi factory slave labor camps for Jewish workers in Starachowice, a small industrial town in central Poland.Co-sponsored by the Department of Religion. This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, 1958.
All lectures free and open to the public.
Parking will be available in the Bell Tower parking lot, located at 150 South Road, right next to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Directions from I-40 (from Raleigh and points east): Take Exit 273-B (Highway 54) towards Chapel Hill. Continue approximately 4 miles to the top of the hill. You will see a cemetery on your right, and then you will see the Bell Tower on your left. At the stop light directly past the Bell Tower, turn left into the Bell Tower Parking lot.
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