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November 2021

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Refusing the Gift of Citizenship – Charles A. McDonald (Northwestern) with Aomar Boum (UCLA)

November 8

https://youtu.be/nd4JYCO0sEE UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies Scholars writing about the Iberian citizenship laws have argued that we need to investigate how applying for citizenship has often prompted Sephardi descendants to rethink their ancestry, identity, and attachments. But what about those who chose not to apply? How should we read their decisions? Based on ethnographic fieldwork with prospective citizenship-seekers, this talk reads the refusal of citizenship as a political claim. I argue…

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October 2021

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Mending Modernity: Reading Elia Benamozegh Today – Clémence Boulouque

October 25

https://youtu.be/13UbpkI4yTg Discussants: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) & Jessica Marglin (USC)  Viterbi Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies  Another Modernity: Elia Benamozegh’s Jewish Universalism More info: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=2... How did it come to be that a nineteenth-century stern-looking Italian rabbi of Moroccan descent who never left his hometown of Livorno, and advocated for Jewish universalism and unity across religion, managed to influence a spectrum of thinkers and actors that include advocates of church reform at the turn of the twentieth century in Italy and France,…

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The Problems of Genocide Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression – A. Dirk Moses

October 13

https://youtu.be/3CObIAEB2h4 "The Problems of Genocide Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression" available now - Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107503124/... The 1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies  A. Dirk Moses (UNC at Chapel Hill) with Michael Rothberg (UCLA)  Genocide is not only a problem of mass death, but also of how, as a relatively new idea and law, it organizes and distorts thinking about civilian destruction. Taking the normative perspective of civilian immunity from military attack, A. Dirk Moses argues that the implicit…

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September 2021

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Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

September 28

The Leve Center is delighted to kick off our 2021-2022 "Physically Distant, Intellectually Engaged" virtual event series with a conversation between Saul Noam Zaritt (Harvard) and Yasemin Yildiz (UCLA), part of the Michael and Irene Ross Program in Yiddish Studies. What does it mean to write “Jewish” literature for the world? Saul Noam Zaritt’s Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody (OUP 2020) studies Jewish American writers' relationships with the idea of world literature. Tune in to this presentation to hear how…

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June 2021

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New Approaches to Boyle Heights: A Conversation

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

New Approaches to Boyle Heights, a Conversation Live on Zoom: June 9, 2021 - 12PM PST RSVP at http://bit.ly/BoyleHeightsJune2021 Join Caroline Luce (UCLA Leve Center for Jewish Studies), curator of “Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle Heights,” and George J. Sánchez (USC Dept. of American Studies and Ethnicity and History), author of Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy (UC Press, 2021) for a discussion about history-writing, popular memory, race and place, hosted by Prof.…

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May 2021

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Unsettling: Jews, Whiteness, and Incest in American Popular Culture – Eli Bromberg

May 24

https://youtu.be/sTXvUe_sNv0 Eli Bromberg (Fordham University) with Benjamin Ratskoff (UCLA) Unsettling: Jews, Whiteness and Incest in American Popular Culture Arnold Band Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter Eli Bromberg will discuss his book, Unsettling, which analyzes how various media told stories about Jewish celebrities and incest in the 1990s, illustrating how Jewish community protective politics impacted the representation of white Jewish masculinity. In chapters centered around Roseanne Barr, Woody Allen, and Henry Roth, Unsettling reveals how…

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The Sultan’s Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging – Alma Rachel Heckman

May 17

https://youtu.be/ueVqIwy3EnQ Alma Rachel Heckman (UC Santa Cruz) with Chris Silver (McGill University) and Aomar Boum (UCLA) The Sultan’s Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies The Sultan’s Communists uncovers the history of Jewish radical involvement in Morocco’s national liberation project and examines how Moroccan Jews envisioned themselves participating as citizens in a newly-independent Morocco. Closely following the lives of five prominent Moroccan Jewish Communists (Léon René Sultan,…

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ucLADINO 2021 – Ottoman Legacies, Émigre Culture, and Linguistic Crossroads

May 14

https://youtu.be/QB1aEjO1z9U https://youtu.be/TlJwFxsLxgI Postponed in 2020 due to the closure of the UCLA campus, the annual UCLadino symposium was held on April 7-8. The theme of “Ottoman Legacies, Emigre Culture, and Linguistic Crossroads” laid emphasis on heritage, culture, and communication related to Sephardic Jews. The music-filled program – all organized by graduate students – featured panels on Ladino Linguistics, History and Memory, and Social Networks, a keynote address by Dr. Olga Borovaya (Stanford), as well as two concerts. Day 1 Opening…

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Impure Migration: Jews and Sex Work in Golden Age Argentina

May 11

https://youtu.be/rcENrymSLzk Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Book Talk Mir Yarfitz (Wake Forest) with Ellen DuBois (UCLA) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter​ Impure Migration: Jews and Sex Work in Golden Age Argentina was published in 2019 in the Rutgers University Press Jewish Cultures of the World series. The book examines discourses and practices of organized Jewish "sex traffickers" who moved between Eastern Europe and South America between the 1890s and 1930s. Based on transatlantic…

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Absent the Archive – Lia Brozgal

May 6

https://youtu.be/nV17t5nBqCE Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Book Talk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter Lia Brozgal (UCLA) with Michael Rothberg (UCLA) Absent the Archive: Cultural Traces of a Massacre in Paris, 17 October 1961 is the first cultural history devoted to literary and visual representations of the police massacre of peaceful Algerian protesters. Covered up by the state and hidden from history, the events of October 17 have nonetheless never been fully erased. Indeed,…

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The Objects That Remain – Laura Levitt

May 4

https://youtu.be/Sbpg6Lv55m0 Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies The 1939 Society Book Talk in Holocaust Studies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter Laura Levitt (Temple University) with Aliza Luft (UCLA) The Objects That Remain is equal parts personal memoir and fascinating examination of the ways in which the material remains of violent crimes inform our experience of, and thinking about, trauma and loss. Considering artifacts in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and evidence in police…

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April 2021

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Scribes, Stars, and Demons in Ancient Judaism and the Hellenistic Near East – Annette Yoshiko Reed

April 27

https://youtu.be/WsuVEVS0jwk Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Bible and the Ancient World Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter Annette Yoshiko Reed (NYU) with Catherine Bonesho (UCLA) This lecture revisits the beginnings of Jewish demonology by looking to Aramaic Enoch literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Jewish reception of Mesopotamian scholasticism in the early Hellenistic age. Explicit discussion of demons and exorcism are rare in biblical literature but emerges extensively in Jewish sources from…

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A Judean, an Edomite, & a Negevite Walk into a Shrine: Archaeology of Religion in Southern Israel

April 21

https://youtu.be/PlnFpaxo_yU Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Bible and the Ancient World Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter/ Erin Darby (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) with Aaron Burke (UCLA) A Judean, an Edomite, and a Negevite Walk into a Shrine: The Archaeology of Religion in Southern Israel In this session, Dr. Erin Darby will discuss the archaeology of religion in southern Israel during the 8th-6th centuries BCE, focusing on what ritual objects might tell us…

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The Demise of the Warlord: A New Interpretation of David and Bathsheba – Daniel Bodi

April 19

https://youtu.be/eKQKJSo_ehY Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Bible and the Ancient World Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/​ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter​ The Demise of the Warlord: A New Interpretation of David and Bathsheba in Light of an Amorite and Akkadian Topos Daniel Bodi (La Sorbonne -University of Paris) with William Schniedewind (UCLA)

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March 2021

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The Task of the Jewish Historian Today: A Conversation

March 11

Video now available: https://youtu.be/wInltZ7snVQ Opening Remarks: Noam Pianko (President of the AJS) & Shmuel Feiner (Chair of the Historical Society of Israel) Speakers: Maud Mandel (Williams College), Devin E. Naar (University of Washington), Iris Idelson-Shein (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), and Anita Shapira (Tel Aviv University) Moderator: David N. Myers (UCLA) This event brings together prominent U.S. and Israeli historians at a critical time in the history of both countries and the world to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities…

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Jews and the American West: Violence, Race, and Masculinity

March 9

Video available now: https://youtu.be/KdrTYx04AvQ David S. Koffman (York University) and Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University) in conversation with Caroline Luce (UCLA) This webinar brings together David S. Koffman (York University), author of The Jews’ Indian, and Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University), author of Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism, in dynamic conversation with host Caroline Luce (UCLA) about Jews’ relationship to the physical and discursive landscapes of the American west. How did the American colonial project shape Jewish ideas about masculinity, morality, and…

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Performance in 19th Century Russia and the Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater

March 9

Alyssa Quint (Yeshiva University) with Amelia Glaser (UCSD) and Todd Presner (UCLA) Video available now: https://youtu.be/kI0bujeKu08 The institution of the modern Yiddish theater coalesced in a short period (from roughly 1876 to 1883) under the stewardship of a Russian-Jewish intellectual named Avrom Goldfaden, known as the father of the Yiddish theater. In composing and producing these first works of the public stage, Goldfaden pulled from Yiddish folk motifs and folksongs, and integrated comic routines from the performance culture of traditional…

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The Holocaust at the Crossroads of Empire: West and Sub-Saharan African Approaches to African, Holocaust, and Jewish Studies

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

In this workshop, we discuss the state of African research and archival collecting on the subject of the Jews of West and Sub-Saharan Africa and their many complex cultural, spiritual, and economic engagements. We also reflect on the emerging interest among many African scholars in the history of Nazi and Vichy race laws, forced labor, and internment in West Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa—as well as the arena of Holocaust studies more generally. This program assembles a group of scholars from…

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Nationalism, Mnemonic Wars and Poland’s “Holocaust Speech Law” – Geneviève Zubrzycki

March 1

Twenty years after the publication of Jan T. Gross' book Neighbors, which told the story of a the 1941 pogrom in Jedwabne, during which ethnic Poles tormented and murdered their Jewish neighbors, Poland is sharply divided over the history of World War II and the role Poles played in the Holocaust. While a significant portion of Polish society accepts responsibility and is engaged in collective soul-searching, others are denying Polish participation. Holocaust memory is politicized and speech on Polish participation…

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February 2021

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A Teach-In on Jewish Studies, Race, and Anti-Racism

February 23

https://youtu.be/Ue5gEu1SIuQ This Teach-In gathers together a diverse array of students and faculty from UCLA and beyond, to consider how Jewish Studies scholarship and pedagogy has (and has not) engaged with racism, anti-racism, and structural violence; and to strategize what we can do to deepen and expand our engagement with these themes. Introduction by: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) Moderator: Dean Franco (Wake Forest University) Panelists: Lila Corwin-Berman (Temple University) Aomar Boum (UCLA) Sultan Doughan (Boston University) Maxwell Greenberg (UCLA) Benjamin Ratskoff…

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