Klezmer dance, genocide, evangelical support of Israel and Jewish-American cooking are among topics to be explored in community events sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The 2008-2009 academic year events are free to the public except for a November seminar, which requires advance registration.
The first event, on Oct. 27, will examine Klezmer, traditional music for dancing that often is played at weddings and other celebrations. Walter Zev Feldman, a leading Klezmer researcher and performer, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. He will perform Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in a Klezmer Trio concert in Gerrard Hall, with Christina Crowder on accordion and Alex Fiterstein on clarinet.
Other lectures, all at 7:30 p.m. at the Friday Center, will include:
Nov. 17: Omer Bartov, an expert on the Holocaust and professor of European history at Brown University, will discuss how genocide unfolded in a town that had a mixed Jewish-Polish-Ukrainian population for centuries. His talk is this year’s Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies.
Feb. 23: Stephen Spector, English professor at Stony Brook University, will examine the motives and intentions of evangelicals who support Israel.
March 30: Nora Rubel, assistant professor of religion and classics at the University of Rochester, will examine the best-selling “Settlement Cookbook” and the ways it shaped the identity of Jewish Americans in the 20th century.
Additional events will include:
The Nov. 11-12 seminar, “Witnessing and Memory: What is Gained, What is Lost and What Remains from Holocaust Testimonies.” For details on the program – the Uhlman Family Seminar – and to register, visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/human/ and click “seminars.” The seminar is offered by the UNC program in the humanities and human values.
Academic lectures, which are open to the public but more geared to a scholarly audience, will focus on excavations at Tel Kedesh, 18th-century Jews in Europe and Edward Said in Jerusalem. These lectures also are tied to lunchtime seminars. For details, visit http://www.unc.edu/ccjs/events.html
or call (919) 962-1509.
The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences, promotes a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and thought through teaching, research and community outreach initiatives.
|Zev Feldman will speak at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 and perform at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28, both at UNC-Chapel Hill
Jewish Studies contact: Karen M. Gajewski, (919)962-1509,
College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093,