Divine Law and Community Boundaries in Jewish Antiquity

In late antiquity, two radically distinct conceptions of divine law—Greek natural law grounded in reason and biblical law grounded in revelation—confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. This talk explores these responses and highlights their role in creating and maintaining distinct communities in the world of late antique Judaism. CHRISTINE HAYES […]

The Yiddish Historians of the Holocaust and the Prewar Tradition of Yiddish Historical Scholarship

The first Jewish historians of the Holocaust pioneered the study of the Holocaust from the perspective of Jewish experience. They also redefined the concept of Jewish resistance. Overlooked, argues Smith, is that the works of these historians are united by a shared commitment to writing in Yiddish and to a research agenda arising from the […]

After Auschwitz (Film Screening)

In Jon Kean’s 2007 documentary Swimming in Auschwitz, six women—from different countries and diverse backgrounds—shared their unforgettable stories of surviving Auschwitz. After Auschwitz brings us into the next chapters of these remarkable women’s lives. Told by their liberators, “you’re free, go home,” the women faced the harsh reality of having neither homes nor families to […]

Jewish Visual Culture in the Mediterranean Basin

What motifs, themes, and tendencies have characterized the visual expression of Mediterranean Jews across the centuries? What religious meanings have they conveyed or experiences stimulated? And what relationships do they reflect with surrounding cultures and religions? These are among the questions to be addressed in this symposium. DANIEL STEIN KOKIN (UCLA/Universität Greifswald) STEVEN FINE (Yeshiva […]

Oscar Wilde and the Jews

Talk addresses aspects of Wilde’s philo- and anti-Semitism, in relation to such figures as the French tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt, the English novelist Ada Leverson, and the victimized French officer Alfred Dreyfus. JOSEPH BRISTOW (UCLA) Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of English UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies UCLA Department of Comparative Literature

Imaginative Engagement: Women of the Hebrew Bible in After Abel and Other Stories

Vividly reimagined with startling contemporary clarity, this debut collection of short stories gives voice to silent, often-marginalized biblical women: their ambitions, their love for their children, their values, their tremendous struggles, and their challenges. MICHAL LEMBERGER (Author) Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of English UCLA Department of History

The Making of Austro-Modernism

This talk is an introduction to Perloff’s new book Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire (2016) and makes the case for a distinctive Austro-Modernism in the period between the two World Wars—a modernism that has its own particular ethos, different from that of the Weimar Republic in Germany as well […]

Jewish Identity in Works of German-Jewish Women Writers (Multiple Dates)

Series will discuss works of Jewish women writers and explore how and why authors have expressed themselves through different genres and styles (poems, short stories, novellas, novels, plays). It will examine how contemporary Jewish women authors create structurally and linguistically innovative texts to study various meanings of female Jewish identity. RENATA FUCHS (UCLA)

Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence

Foregoing the political lens through which we usually look back at racial photography, this talk returns racial photography into the history of science and addresses it as a form of scientific evidence. Morris-Reich reconstructs individual cases, conceptual genealogies, and patterns of practice of the use of photography and photographic techniques for the study of “race” […]