Letter From Founding Director Robert Alter
The creation of the Center for Jewish Studies is the most exciting development I have witnessed in four decades of deep involvement in the program at Berkeley — and I am honored to serve as its founding director.
Our university has long been a national leader in Jewish Studies, especially notable for the innovative scholarship promoted in its graduate program. The Center for Jewish Studies will provide a strong new focus and a vivid presence ...read more
Contact:4401 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Wednesday, April 2, 20147-8:30 p.m.
Darius Milhaud: The Berkeley Years | Performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the UC Berkeley Department of Music
A very special musical event featuring the 14th and 15th quartets of Darius Milhaud, one of many artists and intellectuals who came to the East Bay seeking refuge from European fascism. The program draws from Milhaud's years in the East Bay, his composition of the 14th and 15th String Quartets, and mid-century musical life in the Bay Area more generally in preparation for this academic and musical event. References include Milhaud’s memoir, My Happy Life, holdings of the Magnes Collection and Mills College Library, and an extensive interview with Felix Kuhner, second violinist of the famed Kolisch Quartet.
April 7, 20145:00 p.m.
PUBLIC LECTURE: "Haluzah or Beauty Queen? National Ideals of Women in Israel after 1948" Julie Grimmeisen, University of Munich
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and the Department of History.
Location: 3401 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley campus
April 8–10, 2014
FESTSCHRIFT CONFERENCE: TALMUDIC TRANSGRESSIONS
Honoring the teachings of Professor Daniel Boyarin.
This three day event celebrating the work of Daniel Boyarin will be held at both University of California Berkeley and at the Graduate Theological Union.
On April 8th: UCB Law School 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
On April 9th: 2401 Ridge Road, Easton Hall 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
On April 10th: UCB Law School Goldberg Room 297 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
More information can be found at:
Location: School of Law, Boalt Hall and the Graduate Theological Union.
Saturday, April 12, 201411:00 a.m.
Cal Day / Slow Art Day
In addition to our annual Cal Day tours, The Magnes is joining museums nationwide for special Slow Art Day programming. See http://SlowArtDay.com for further details.
Sunday, April 27, 201411:00 a.m.
12th annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event
Join us for the 12th annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event
Location: The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Monday, April 28, 20145:00 p.m.
PELL LECTURE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOLOCAUST, delivered by Professor Jan Gross of Princeton University:
"At the Periphery of the Holocaust: Opportunistic Killings and Plunder of Jews by their Neighbors"
Location: The Faculty Club, Heyns Room, UC Berkeley campus
April 30, 20147:00 p.m.
Location: Durham Studio Theater, UC Berkeley campus
Reading: If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide with Author Professor Robert Skloot (Wisconsin)
Co-sponsored with the Theatre Dance and Performance Studies Department, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, and the Jewish Student Union
Thursday, May 1, 20147-9:00 p.m.
SFJFF Film Screening: Portrait of Wally (2012) 90 min, Dir. Andrew Shea; with guest Producer and Screenwriter David D'Arcy
The film traces the history of this iconic image – from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997. "[A] bombshell! 'Portrait of Wally' isn't just about stolen art: It's about cultural skullduggery, political sleaze, institutional hypocrisy and the virtues of persistence."
The screening will be followed by a conversation between David D'Arcy, the film’s producer and screenwriter, and Berkeley Law faculty Carla Shapreau, an international authority on reclaimed cultural property from the Holocaust.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer has just announced the inauguration of the Center for Jewish Studies on the Berkeley campus. He and the Chancellor expressed their commitment to the Center and all of its aspirations, and invites the campus community to a lecture by the Center's Founding Director, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature Robert Alter on Wednesday, October 30.
Today I am pleased to announce the inauguration of a new Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Center will coordinate both a new “Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies” for graduate students from a wide range of academic disciplines, and a robust Jewish Studies undergraduate minor. More broadly, it will gather faculty, students and visiting academics for research and debate across the broad scholarly landscape of Jewish Studies, and will provide an extraordinary opportunity for fruitful exchanges with the Bay Area Jewish community.
I have asked Robert Alter, Emeritus Professor and world-renowned scholar and translator of Hebrew Literature and the Bible, to serve as the Center’s Founding Director; Professor of Architecture Jill Stoner will be the Center’s first chair and chair of Graduate Programs; and Law Professor Kenneth A. Bamberger will serve as its co-chair, and chair of undergraduate Jewish Studies.
The Center builds upon Berkeley’s long tradition of leadership in the study of Jewish literature, history, and rabbinics, providing institutional capacity to deepen these strengths programmatically and to expand our offerings. It offers a model for national leadership in Jewish Studies through its disciplinary breadth; the faculty of the Center comprises professors from departments and schools that include comparative literature, Near Eastern Studies, history, sociology, music, German, journalism, architecture, law and theater, dance and performance studies.
In addition to coordinating its academic programs, the Center will sponsor an annual series of endowed lectures, and host visiting scholars and faculty who will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Jewish Studies. In the context of these programs, students can take advantage of a wealth of resources from across campus, including the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law; Economy and Society’s constituent programs in Israel Studies and in Jewish law and thought; the vast Jewish cultural resources of the University’s Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life; and the campus library’s renowned Jewish Studies, Yiddish, and Hebrew-language holdings. The Center will also serve as an important locus for and convener of programs and collaborations with other institutions and with the community.
Chancellor Dirks and I share in the belief that the Center will enhance and augment the already strong tradition of Jewish Studies scholarship at Berkeley. We have committed funding to administer the Center through its first three years, and look forward to collaborating with the Bay Area Jewish community as the Center and the vision for its future take shape.
Please join us in celebrating this exciting addition to our campus. The first such opportunity comes already in 2 weeks. Founding Director Robert Alter will give an inaugural lecture for the Center on October 30th on the subject of "The Untranslatable Poetry of Yehuda Amichai.” The lecture will be at 6:00 pm at the Graduate School of Journalism, Northgate Hall. We hope to see many of you there.
George W. Breslauer
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Information about the October 30 event may be found in the Calendar section of the Center's web site: http://jewishstudies.berkeley.edu