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March 2020

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(EVENT CANCELED) “I grow old… I grow old…”: Yankev Glatshteyn, T.S. Eliot, and the Yiddish Poetics of Old Age

March 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
UCLA, Royce Hall 314, (Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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We at the Leve Center are carefully monitoring UCLA’s policies regarding COVID-19 Coronovirus.  We ask for your patience as we adjust our schedule:  some Leve Center events will likely be cancelled due to guests’ travel restrictions.  All updates will be shared as quickly as possible via our weekly email blast and our website. Latest updates: www.cjs.ucla.edu/event-list-classic

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(EVENT CANCELED) The Italian Executioners: Italy and the Holocaust, 1943-45

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCLA, Royce Hall 314, (Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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We at the Leve Center are carefully monitoring UCLA’s policies regarding COVID-19 Coronovirus.  We ask for your patience as we adjust our schedule:  some Leve Center events will likely be cancelled due to guests’ travel restrictions.  All updates will be shared as quickly as possible via our weekly email blast and our website. Latest updates: www.cjs.ucla.edu/event-list-classic

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The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Faculty Center,

When it comes to historical violence and contemporary inequality, none of us are completely innocent. We may not be direct agents of harm, but we may still contribute to, inhabit, or benefit from regimes of domination that we neither set up nor control. Arguing that the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander do not adequately account for our connection to injustices past and present, Michael Rothberg offers a new theory of political responsibility through the figure of the implicated…

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February 2020

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From Enoch to Daniel: Reimagining the Past in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
UCLA, Royce Hall 314, (Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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Since the late 1940s, the approximately 1,000 manuscripts discovered in caves alongside the Dead Sea – popularly called the Dead Sea Scrolls – have been reshaping in significant ways study of the Bible and ancient Judaism. Often left out of discussions about the scrolls are the approximately 30 Jewish literary works written in Aramaic. This talk will introduce the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls, survey their use of earlier biblical traditions, and assess their place in the broader landscape of ancient…

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Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CNSI Auditorium, 570 Westwood Plaza Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Among the very first writers to use her own experiences of sexual assault in a revolutionary analysis of male supremacy, radical Jewish feminist Andrea Dworkin has been branded as a misandrist and a censorial demagogue for her controversial stances on pornography, sex and violence. This event will bring together Johanna Fateman, editor of Last Days at Hot Slit, a new collection of Dworkin’s writings, and Professor Katherine Marino, an historian of women, gender, sexuality, and race in the Americas, to…

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Modernity in the Eastern Sephardi Diaspora: The Jews of Late Ottoman Izmir

February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This lecture will tell the story of a long overlooked Ottoman Jewish community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing extensively on a rich body of previously untapped Ladino archival material, the lecture will also offer a new read on Jewish modernity. Across Europe, Jews were often confronted with the notion that their religious and cultural distinctiveness was somehow incompatible with the modern age. Yet the view from Ottoman Izmir invites a different approach: what happens when Jewish…

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January 2020

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Through the Female Gaze: Men in the Book of Genesis

January 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kaplan Hall 193, CA United States + Google Map

While the bulk of biblical scholarship on the book of Genesis had been conducted by men and about men, more recent works have used feminist approaches to center the female characters in Genesis from numerous perspectives, enhancing our understanding of how the women in Genesis function. In light of these new works, this talk will offer a critical reexamination of the men in the book of Genesis from a more feminist perspective to determine if previous scholarship on these characters…

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Does Jewish Biblical Scholarship Exist: A Historical Perspective

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
UCLA, Royce Hall 314, (Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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How and when did Jewish scholars enter into the mainstream of biblical scholarship? What religious and other constraints prevented them from entering the mainstream until the second half of the twentieth century? And once they entered, did they produce a body of distinctive Jewish biblical scholarship? Marc Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He has also taught at Brandeis University, Yale University, Brown University, Wellesley College and…

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Anatomy of a Genocide: A Case Study in Mass Murder

January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095
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For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz – today part of Ukraine – was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainian, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In his talk, Omer Bartov explains how ethnic cleansing doesn’t occur…

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Risky Business: The Future of Jewish Museums

January 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CNSI Auditorium, 570 Westwood Plaza Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Award-winning scholar, curator and author Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, will discuss the past, present and future of Jewish museums. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture:…

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December 2019

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Jerusalem: City of the Book

December 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UCLA, Royce Hall 314, (Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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What might it look like to see Jerusalem, with its cross-hatched encounters between people of diverse faiths and cultures, as a city of the book? Is it possible to use libraries and texts to catch the city’s tragedy and its magnificence, to tell the story of a place where some of the world’s most far-reaching ideas were put into words? Benjamin Balint will share his forays into the city’s most inaccessible reaches in the making of his recently published book…

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America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

December 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
314 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter poet Emma Lazarus to union organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Informed by the shared values of America’s founding and…

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November 2019

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Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

November 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Luskin Conference Center, 425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Beginning in September 1941 and throughout the war, Central Asia and Iran became places of refuge to hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Catholic Polish citizens. Mikhal Dekel, whose father was a child refugee in Tehran, will recount the research and writing process of this epic yet relatively unknown Holocaust story, told in her new book Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey. She will discuss the circumstances that brought her father and hundreds of thousands of others from Poland to…

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October 2019

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Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures

October 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095
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One of the greatest American screenwriters, Ben Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts—reporter, novelist, playwright, crusader for the imperiled Jews of Hitler’s Europe, and propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—and especially Jewish America—in his time. Award-winning essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman will discuss her new book about Hecht, which The New Yorker, calls “superb” and Booklist describes as “electrifying.”…

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Back to the Future of Al-Andalus: A Poetry Reading and Conversation

October 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095
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MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole will read from his work and talk about the origins and legacy of the hybrid Hebrew poetry of Muslim Spain. Moving between eleventh-century Iberia and twenty-first century Jerusalem and America, Cole will take us into the heart of one of the most vital periods of Jewish literary history, as he discusses its relevance for writers and readers today. Cole has been called “an inspired writer” (the Nation) and “one of the most vital poets…

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Hebrew Gothic: History and the Poetics of Persecution

October 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
314 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Sinister tales written since the early twentieth century by the foremost Hebrew authors, including S. Y. Agnon, Leah Goldberg, and Amos Oz, reveal a darkness at the foundation of Hebrew culture. The ghosts of a murdered Talmud scholar and his kidnapped bride rise from their graves for a nocturnal dance of death; a girl hidden by a count in a secret chamber of an Eastern European castle emerges to find that, unbeknownst to her, World War II ended years earlier;…

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Leve Center Open House Celebration

October 16, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
UCLA Fowler Museum,

Join us as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary at our Open House. Meet the Leve Center’s faculty affiliates, staff, graduate students, and scholarship recipients and learn about our diverse projects and programs.

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February 2018

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Unveiling Judeo-Spanish Texts: A Hebrew Aljamiado Workshop

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Hebrew Aljamiado Research Group of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies are offering a workshop in learning to read 14th-16th century Judeo-Spanish texts written using the Hebrew alphabet: Hebrew “aljamiado” writing.  Attendees will also learn about the cultural context of Hebrew aljamiado writing in the Peninsula and in the Sephardic diaspora. Professor Michelle Hamilton of Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota, a leading scholar of these texts, will…

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To Play the Fool: The Book of Esther in Early Modern German, English, and Yiddish Drama

February 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
314 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Scholars of Yiddish literature have proposed that the first extant Purim Shpiel (Purim Play) continued the tradition of early modern German and English dramatizations of the Book of Esther. Jews would have gone to see these plays performed in the ports, inns, and streets of early modern Germany, and adapted them to their own, very riotous, holiday festivities. In this talk, Dr. Chanita Goodblatt (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) discusses three plays, within a multi-cultural and multi-temporal context: Meistersinger Hans Sachs’s Comedie, Die Gantze Hystori der…

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November 2016

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New Archaeological Discoveries in Israel: the Case of Samson in Stone -Lecture by Jodi Magness

November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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