FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Jewish Studies/Hadassah Fall Brunch will be at the University Club/Henry Center, Sunday morning, Oct. 27, and our special guest is Hannah Rosenthal, President Obama’s special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, and now the CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She is speaking on “The Challenges Facing Jews in 2013″. Tickets are $21 in advance, $27 at the door. Enter through the U Club entrance. MSU ethnomusicologist Joanna Bosse is assisting us to discuss the film and the music “Hava Nagilah,” for the Kessler Film Lecture a few days before the brunch on October 24, in the MSU Library North Conference Room, Oct. 24, 2013, 7:00 pm. Finally, Folklorist Annette B. Fromm, from Florida International University, will speak Nov. 7 on “Culture Shaped by History: The Jewish Community of Janina, Greece” for the Ada Finifter Lecture in the Library Colloquia Series. The MSU Library is also hosting an exhibit on the Romaniote Jews of Greece.
This year Schusterman Visiting Israeli Scholar, Chen Bram, from Hebrew University and the Van Leer Institute in Israel, is at MSU. Chen Bram is an anthropologist who is teaching this semester on Israeli Cultures and Society and on Jewish-Muslim Relations in James Madison College. He was a Schusterman Visiting Israeli Scholar at the University of Florida last year.
A major event being planned for spring involves Jewish Studies and the College of Music. This year’s Selma and Stanley Hollander Event in Jewish Music and Art will be a concert at the Wharton Pasant theater by Israeli bassist Omer Avital and his Band of the East performing the “Suite of the East.” Avital is a leader in creating a new hybrid mix of Israeli, Moroccan, and Yemeni music and American jazz. The concert will be on Wed., Feb. 12, 2014 in the evening; tickets will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and only $5 for students.
During spring, we will also host the 9th MSU Israeli Film Festival, which is scheduled Sun.-Mon., March 23-24. We will also subsequently host outstanding Holocaust historian Wendy Lower of Claremont McKenna College for the David and Sarah Rabin Lecture on the Holocaust on April 9, 2013, 7:00 pm in the Kellogg Center Lincoln Room. Wendy Lower will speak on “Gender and Genocide: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields.” Her newly published book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, has recently been nominated for a National Book Award. Earlier that day, supported by a new Holocaust-related fund, we are planning a panel discussion with Wendy Lower, Ken Waltzer, and Hank Greenspan of the University of Michigan on “Working with Testimonies.”
Professor and Director
Sunday, September 8, 2013
MSU PRESIDENT LOU ANNA SIMON hosted a brunch at her home on campus for a
celebration of decades of cooperation between MSU and the Jewish community.
The brunch was followed by a private tour of the new Broad Art Museum for the 150 guests.