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November 2020

Voices of the Ritual: Devotion to Female Saints and Shrines in the Holy Land

November 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Nurit Stadler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in conversation with Ron Hassner (UC Berkeley) Voices of the Ritual, published with Oxford Universtiy Press is an analysis of the revival of rituals performed at female saint shrines in the Middle East. In the midst of turbulent political contention over land and borders, Nurit Stadler shows, religious minorities lay claim to space through rituals enacted at sacred spaces in the Holy Land. Using ethnographic analysis, Stadler explores the rise of these rituals, their focus…

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October 2020

The Song of Songs: A Biography

October 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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Ilana Pardes (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in conversation with Robert Alter (UC Berkeley), Ron Hendel (UC Berkeley), Chana Kronfeld (UC Berkeley) The Song of Songs: A Biography The Song of Songs has been embraced for centuries as the ultimate song of love. But the kind of love readers have found in this ancient poem is strikingly varied. Ilana Pardes invites us to explore the dramatic shift from readings of the Song as a poem on divine love to celebrations of its…

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September 2020

Jews and Race

September 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of DIMENSIONS Inc. in Boston. She has spent the past 20 years working extensively in multi-faith communities and partnering specifically with the Jewish community to engage issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Yavilah is an educator, activist and spiritual teacher. She is a Jewish woman and a person of color and has designed numerous tools and methods that enable students and educators to be better citizens of the world through exploring differences and reaching for…

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April 2020

De-Integration? Judaism and the Theater of Memory in Contemporary Germany (in English)

April 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Monday, April 27, 2020 12:00pm to 1:30pm via Zoom Author Max Czollek’s essay collection Desintegriert Euch! transformed the debate about the integration of minorities in Germany when it appeared in 2018. His perspective on the roles of contemporary Jews in German society and its remembrance culture—its “theater of memory”—struck a nerve not just among Jews, but other minority groups as well. The threat from the right has created a new kind of solidarity, Czollek recently told the New York Times,…

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March 2020

Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

March 11, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Due to the Coronavirus situation and recent campus directives, The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley (ISEEES) has decided to cancel Professor Subotić's trip to UC Berkeley.   They plan to reschedule her lecture in the Fall.  Jelena Subotić (Georgia State University) Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism Yellow Star, Red Star asks why Holocaust memory continues to be so deeply troubled—ignored, appropriated, and obfuscated—throughout Eastern Europe, even though it was in those lands…

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The Song of Songs: A Biography

March 5, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Ilana Pardes (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in conversation with Robert Alter (UC Berkeley), Ron Hendel (UC Berkeley), Chana Kronfeld (UC Berkeley) The Song of Songs: A Biography The Song of Songs has been embraced for centuries as the ultimate song of love. But the kind of love readers have found in this ancient poem is strikingly varied. Ilana Pardes invites us to explore the dramatic shift from readings of the Song as a poem on divine love to celebrations of…

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February 2020

Tapestry of Tongues: The Multilingual Matrix of Modern Hebrew Literature

February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley , CA
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Tapestry of Tongues: The Multilingual Matrix of Modern Hebrew Literature Screening of "Amos Oz" Selected scenes from a work-in-progress In "Ha'Ivrim," a documentary film series (https://ivrim.co.il) Followed by: Conversation with Filmmaker Yair Qedar and UC Berkeley Professors Robert Atler and Chana Kronfeld Cosponsors: The University of California, Berkeley Magnes Collection of Jewish Art, The Center for Jewish Studies, The Berkeley Institute of Jewish Law and Israel Studies, The Bernie H. Williams Chair in Comparative Literature, The Herman P. and Sophia…

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Antisemitism Here and Now

February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law, 175 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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  Over the last decade there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American college campuses. Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? And what can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred? ____________ Deborah E. Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Tam Institute for Jewish…

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Cold Case in Constantine: Anti-Jewish Violence and the Colonial Situation in French Algeria

February 11, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Joshua Cole in conversation with Steve Zipperstein Joshua Cole (University of Michigan) Steve Zipperstein (Stanford University)   Cole’s prize-winning book solves the mystery of the Constantine riots of August 1934, an episode of violence between Muslims and Jews in French Algeria that resulted in the deaths of 25 Jews and 3 Muslims. The murders in Constantine were the most lethal episode of anti-Jewish violence in peacetime in modern French history. Cole argues that we have long misunderstood the violence in…

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In the Name of the Cross: Christianity and Anti-Semitic Propaganda in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

February 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley , CA
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David Kertzer (Brown University) In the Name of the Cross: Christianity and Anti-Semitic Propaganda in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany Heated debate surrounds the question of the role Christianity and Christian churches played in the Nazi and Italian Fascist demonization of the Jews. This talk brings to light similarities and differences in the Nazi and Italian Fascist uses of Christianity in their efforts to turn their populations against the Jews through examination of two of their most influential popular anti-Semitic…

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