Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar
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program for 2005-2006.
Spring 2006 Lecture Series
Samantha Baskind, "Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art"
Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 7:30 P.M., Hanes Art Center Auditorium (view campus map).
Baskind will examine the art and life of celebrated American Jewish artist Raphael Soyer (1899-1987). She will present Soyer’s work in the rich context of religious, cultural, political, and social conditions in 20th-century America and address larger questions regarding the definition of modern Jewish art. Baskind, assistant professor of art history at Cleveland State University, is the author of Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and Jewish American Artists: A Biographical Dictionary (forthcoming, 2006). Co-sponsored by the Department of Art.
Leonard Rogoff and Steve Channing, "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina"
Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 PM, Murphey 116 (view campus map)
Filmmaker Steve Channing and historian Leonard Rogoff will describe their efforts to document and present
the rich social history of North Carolina’s Jewish community. Using both film and illustration, Channing and
Rogoff will present the 400-year story of Jewish settlement from Roanoke Island in 1585 to the Sunbelt
cities of today. Their presentation will offer an exciting preview of the Down Home project, which is
creating a film, book, school curriculum, and traveling museum exhibit on the untold story of Jewish life in
the Tar Heel state. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.
Paula Hyman, "Antisemitism and Jewish Identity in Europe around 1900"
Thursday, March 2, 7:45 PM, Murphey 116 (view campus map)
In the modern era, Jews have typically defined their identity in relation to the social and political worlds with which they have come into contact. In her lecture, Paula Hyman will explore how Jewish men and women fashioned their identities at the turn of the 20th century, an era that challenged their most basic assumptions about the place of Jews in state and society. Hyman, Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University, has written widely on the history of French Jewry and on Jewish women’s history.
Joyce Antler, "Passing the “Torch of Idealism”: Gertrude Weil as Southern Jewish Citizen-Activist," with an introduction by Eli N. Evans, ’58
Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 PM, Murphey Hall 116 (view campus map)
Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South
In her lecture, Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, will explore the life and career of Gertrude Weil, a Goldsboro, North Carolina native who exemplified the progressive Jewish tradition in the American South. As citizen-activist extraordinaire on the local, state, and national levels,Weil contributed to the struggle for human rights in myriad ways. Antler will explore the remarkable story of Jewish assimilation, community and religious life represented by Weil and her life. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.
Mark Slobin, "Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World"
Thursday, March 23, 7:45 PM, Murphey Hall 116 (view campus map)
Mark Slobin, Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, will consider the revival of interest in Klezmer music in the United States and elsewhere. Slobin will cover the evolution of "klezmer," as musician, musical style, and scene, from its origins in Eastern Europe through the immigrant era and the post-1975 neo-klezmer movement through its current trends. Cosponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Music, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.-->
Deborah Lipstadt, "History on Trial: My Day in Court with the World's Leading Holocaust Denier"
Monday, April 10, 7:30 PM, Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium (School of Social Work building), 301 Pittsboro Street
Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, will discuss her new book documenting her struggles with David Irving, once thought of as the world's leading Holocaust denier. In a libel case that was front page news across the world, Lipstadt proved that Irving and the claims by deniers of the Holocaust were lies and distortions of history. 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, the Department of History, the Curriculum in Peace,War and Defense, and North Carolina Hillel.
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