Oct. 13, 2015: Open House 

Book Cover (Boum)

Oct. 27, 205: Aomar Boum (UCLA) – Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco

Oct. 28, 2015: Relik Shafir (Pilot) and Steven Spiegel (UCLA) – Where do we go from here? Historical Perspectives on a Nuclear Middle East and the Aftermath of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Gil P Klein

Nov. 3, 2015: Gil P. Klein (Loyola Marymount University) – Sabbath as City:  Rabbinic Urbanism and Imperial Territoriality in Roman Palestine

The Betrayers

Nov. 5, 2015: David Bezmozgis (Author) – The Betrayers


Nov. 12, 2015 – Jamaa Baida (Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco) – Academic Research on Moroccan Judaism: Historiography, Sources and Archives


Nov. 15-16, 2015: On the Margins of the Holocaust 

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Nov. 17, 2015: Kerri P. Steinberg (Otis College of Art and Design) – Jewish Mad Men

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Nov. 24, 2015 – Yona Sabar (UCLA) – The Book of Daniel in Jewish Neo-Aramaic Translation

Shira Klein

Dec. 1, 2015: Shira Klein (Chapman University) – Why Italian Jews Liked Facism

Above and Beyond

Dec. 3, 2015: Above and Beyond (film screening)

May 9, 2014; Atalia Omer - Sociology. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

Jan. 21, 2016: Atalia Omer (University of Notre Dame) – Refiguring American Jewish Identity: the Palestine Chapter

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Jan. 26, 2016: Jeremy D. Smoak (UCLA) – From Ritual Space to Ritual Text: New Light on the Background of the Priestly Blessing in Ancient Judah

Smith Photo

Feb. 2, 2016: Mark S. Smith (NYU) – The Three Bodies of God in the Hebrew Bible


Feb. 4, 2016: Gil Z. Hochberg (UCLA) & Rebecca Stein (Duke) – Visual and Digital Occupations in Israel/Palestine


Feb. 9, 2016: Gillian Weiss (Case Western Reserve University) – The Money Launderer’s Daughter:  A Sephardic Woman and a Slave Rumor in the Early Modern Mediterranean

(Cambridge, MA- April 26, 2005) - Kay Shelemay, the G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University, is the chair of a new University council on cultural programs that will be established next fall. Staff photo Jon Chase/Harvard University News Office

Feb. 11, 2016: Kay Kaufman Shelemay (Harvard University) – Songs that Speak: Reflections on Research Among the Ethiopian Jews

Light out of Darkness

Feb. 17, 2016: Light out of Darkness


Feb. 18, 2016: Liora Halperin (University of Colorado, Boulder) – Babel in Zion, Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine 1920-1948

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Feb. 23, 2016: Eva Mroczek (UC Davis) – Imagining Scripture before the Bible:  Shapes of Sacred Writing in Early Judaism


Feb. 25, 2016: Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago)  Tamara Levitz (UCLA)  Paul Lerner (USC)  Stephan Pennington (Tufts) – The Cabaretesque in Jewish Music

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Mar. 1, 2016: Neil W. Netanel (UCLA) – From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print


Mar. 2-3, 2016: Payton Phillips Quintanilla (UCLA) & Cheri Robinson (UCLA) – ucLADINO Symposium


Mar. 31, 2016: Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) – Rethinking Liberation 


Apr. 5, 2016: Lawrence E. Stager (Harvard) – Rites of Spring in  the Carthaginian Tophet


Apr. 14, 2016: Dalia Sofer (Author) – The Septembers of Shiraz 

Photo- Balkan War (Ginio)

Apr. 19, 2016: Eyal Ginio (Hebrew University) –  The Balkan Wars (1912-13) and the Jewish Communities of the Ottoman Empire: Between Participation and Exclusion


Apr. 21, 2016: Deborah Hertz (UCSD) & Barbara Hahn (Vanderbilt) – Affairs of the Mind: The Salon and Jewish Women Writers


May 12, 2016: Arnold Band (UCLA) – The First Decade of Israeli Literature


May 24, 2016: Caroline Luce (UCLA) & Sunny Yudkoff (University of Chicago) – “On the Trail with Lung-Fellow”: Tuberculosis and Yiddish Literature in the American West


Jun. 2, 2016: John M. Efron – German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic