Spring 2018 Events

MSU JEWISH STUDIES SPONSORED EVENTS – SPRING 2018

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

4:00-5:30pm (conversation with author);

7:30-9:00pm (public reading and lecture by author)

CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND PUBLIC READING BY AUTHOR
AN EVENING WITH ETGAR KERET
Conversation with Keret in Wells Hall B-342 at 4:00; public reading and lecture by Keret in the James Madison College Club Spartan (third floor Case Hall) at 7:30.

Internationally acclaimed for his short stories, Etgar Keret is hailed as the voice of young Israel. Rarely extending beyond three or four pages, Keret’s stories fuse the banal with the surreal and offer a window on a surreal world that is both dark and comic. His books are bestsellers in Israel and have been published in over thirty languages. His books include The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God, Missing Kissinger, The Nimrod Flipout, The Girl on the Fridge, and Suddenly a Knock on the Door, which became an instant bestseller in Israel. Keret will join us for both a faculty-moderated panel discussion on his work, as well as an evening lecture in which he will discuss The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, in which he contemplates moments of his life against a backdrop of constant conflict, casting an absurd light on both the monumental and mundane. In 2016 Keret was awarded The Charles Bronfman Prize, for work inspiring Jewish values and having a global impact.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 10:00-11:30am

JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY/STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR

IMPERFECT HUMANS AND HUMAN BEASTS
Wells Hall B-243

MSU William and Audrey Farber Family Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History Dr. Amy Simon will present her current research, which utilizes a close reading of diaries written in the Warsaw and Vilna ghettos during World War II to analyze ghetto inhabitants’ perceptions of the Germans and Jews who caused them suffering, ultimately revealing a changing conception of humanity and moral universe over time.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th, 7:00-8: 30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

ANTI-SEMITISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA
James Madison College Library (332 Case Hall)

Panel on recognizing and combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Participants: Yael Aronoff, Amy Simon, Kirsten Fermaglich, and Mohammed Khalil (Religious Studies and Muslim Studies). Additional participants TBA.

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 16th, 10:00-11:30am

JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY/STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR

WHY LEARN ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY AND JEWS?
Wells Hall B-243

Jewish Studies faculty member Lynne Goldstein, who retires this summer, will reflect on her work and her decision to offer an ISS course entitled “The Jewish Experience.” The idea, she says, was for a class that would focus on the history of Jews and Jewish communities around the world, beginning with archaeological evidence. “The two points that I wanted to get across was the fact that archaeology can provide much more than a simple check on items in the Bible, and also that Jews can be found around the world in many different communities for many different reasons, and this is not a modern phenomenon. This talk will highlight some of the many things I learned from designing the course, and some of the lessons I have learned from archaeology and Jewish history.” Following the talk, Jewish Studies will hold a lunch from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm in Professor Goldstein’s honor.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 9th, 7:00-8:30pm

RABIN/BRILL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL LECTURE

THE STAGES OF MEMORY: REFLECTIONS ON MEMORIAL ART, LOSS, AND THE SPACES BETWEEN

Kellogg Center’s Lincoln Room

In this illustrated lecture, Dr. James E. Young, Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will trace what he calls an “arc of memorial vernacular” from the “Memorial to the Deportees” in Paris, to Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to German counter-monuments and the Berlin Denkmal, to Michael Arad’s design for the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Drawing on his experience as a juror on both the Denkmal and 9/11 Memorial design competitions, he will reflect on how they came to be and what they may portend for future national memorials in America, Europe, and Israel.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 15th, 1:00-8:45pm; and MONDAY, APRIL 16th, 7:30-9:15pm

FILM FESTIVAL

THE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
Sunday, April 15th, Wells Hall B-122; Monday, April 16th, Wells Hall B-117

The Jewish Studies Program will show four full-length Israeli films: The Women’s Balcony, An Israeli Love Story, A Quiet Heart, and Ben Gurion, Epilogue. Introductions to each film and discussion afterward will be led by a director, actor, or MSU faculty member. Professor Yore Kedem will introduce and lead the discussion for A Quiet Heart. Other discussants TBA.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 9:00-5:00pm

RESEARCH CONFERENCE

JEWISH STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE
James Madison College Library (332 Case Hall)

Students will present projects from their Jewish Studies courses and are joined for a lunch with Jewish Studies alumni.

 

JEWISH STUDIES CO-SPONSORED EVENTS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st: 4:45-5:45pm, film screening; 7:00-8:30pm, Ted Merwin lecture

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

DELI MAN
Wells Hall B-342

Congregation Kehillat Israel will screen Deli Man, a documentary featuring Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French-trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston. Participants may join for a dinner of deli sandwiches (must be pre-ordered by Stateside Deli) from 6:00-7: 00 pm. Following the dinner and screening, Professor Ted Merwin will present “Where Harry Met Sally: the Jewish Deli in Pop Culture” and discuss how the Jewish deli and its fare have become an iconic part of American popular entertainment.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30th, 7:00-8: 30 pm

GUEST LECTURE AND ANTI-SEMITISM FORUM

ALT RIGHT: A PRIMER ABOUT THE NEW WHITE SUPREMACY
MSU Union Lake Huron Room

Heidi Budaj, the Michigan Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss modern day antisemitism and white supremacist recruitment techniques. A formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Students will also have an opportunity to share personal experiences and give valuable feedback to help ensure a safe campus environment. Sponsored by the Jewish Student Union, Official State of Michigan Holocaust Commemoration Committee and the Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University.