Events

To Tell the Truth: Jewishness and the Documentary Art

Free

Join leading documentarians Roberta Goldman, Judith Helfand, and Amy Ziering in public dialogue with curator, producer, and strategist Caroline Libresco. Our panelists will discuss the role of Jewish culture, politics, and identity as engines and subject of documentary films. Together, we will ask; to what extend does a Jewish vision, Jewish values, and/or Jewish identify […]

At 4:00 pm
James Bridges Theater

Jewish Listening: A Reckoning

Free

In his public lecture, “Jewish Listening: A Reckoning,” Professor Kun explores what it means to listen “as a Jew” in the context of contemporary debates across Israel and Palestine, reflecting on his own life as a listener and his earlier writings on the history of Jewish-American music. Josh Kun is Director of the USC Annenberg […]

At 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Now Is Always the Time

Free

For this seminar, I will use Now!, the 1965 short film by Cuban filmmaker Santiago Álvarez, as a prompt to imagine new Jewish political and cultural alliances in the 21st century. Álvarez’s film consists of photographs and newsreel footage related to the African-American freedom struggle, all set to Lena Horne’s recording of “Now!,” a song […]

At 2:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

The Question Concerning Perpetrators

Free

The term perpetrator is an ‘essentially contested concept;’ the field of its contestation is perpetrator studies. The recent turn to the perpetrator poses fundamental challenges to the adjacent field of memory studies, which has been largely informed by the figures of the victim and the witness. In this talk I will explore how thinking about […]

At 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

The Finger of the Scribe: How Scribes Learned to Write the Bible

Free

One of the enduring problems in biblical studies is how the Bible came to be written. Clearly, scribes were involved. But our knowledge of scribal training in ancient Israel is limited. William Schniedewind explores the unexpected cache of inscriptions discovered at a remote, Iron Age military post called Kuntillet ‘Ajrud to reconstruct how scribes were […]

At 2:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

‘If I Embarrass You, Tell Your Friends’: Jews Making Trouble, Jews Making Comedy

Free

American Jewish historian Tony Michels joins in conversation with practitioners and critics of comedy, including Jessica Chaffin, Jena Friedman, Michaela Watkins, to discuss the outsized role that Jewish women have played as path-breaking writers and performers. Together, the group will reflect on how comedy has changed in recent years, and what labels such as “Jewish […]

At 2:00 pm
James Bridges Theater

The Blood Libel in Modern Eastern Europe: A Social History

Free

Through new archival research and a close reading of the Yiddish press, this talk will explore the metamorphosis of the centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder children for ritual purposes in modern Eastern Europe. Ritual murder accusations in modern society (which involved the intervention of local and central authorities, police investigations and trials) can be […]

At 2:00 pm
314 Royce Hall
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