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May 2022

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Between City and Shtetl: A Comparative Look at Contemporary Hasidic Life

May 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Naftulin Family Lecture on Studies in Jewish Identity Michael and Irene Ross Program in Yiddish Studies RSVP: https://levecenter.ucla.edu/event/between-city-and-shtetl-a-comparative-look-at-contemporary-hasidic-life/ Join us for "Between City and Shtetl: A Comparative Look at Contemporary Hasidic Life," an upcoming joint book talk featuring current and former Leve affiliates. This talk brings together David N. Myers (UCLA) and Nomi M. Stolzenberg (USC), authors of American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York, with Michael Casper (PhD in History, UCLA 2019)…

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Hiddur Mitzva: A Journey Through Jewish Ritual Art

May 12

https://youtu.be/lEkdZ32kNfs Cosponsored by Hillel at UCLA: https://www.uclahillel.org/ Chaim Seidler-Feller (Shalom Hartman Institute of North America) A virtual tour of the Seidler-Feller collection of objects of Jewish material culture from Alsace and Iran, from India and Italy and from the US and Israel. Items include an 18th Century embroidered Italian tallit, a Yemenite wedding headdress, ketubot from across the globe and contemporary Israeli silver. The tour will include a reflection on how we came to collect Judaica and the stories that…

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An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland

May 10

https://youtu.be/GNuayjShEZc An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland available now: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.p... Kenneth Moss (University of Chicago) with David N. Myers (UCLA) Michael and Irene Ross Program in Yiddish Studies What did the future hold for interwar Europe's largest Jewish community, the font of global Jewish hopes? When intrepid analysts asked these questions on the cusp of the 1930s, they discovered a Polish Jewry reckoning with "no tomorrow." Assailed by antisemitism and witnessing liberalism's collapse, some Polish Jews looked…

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Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold A Columbia-UCLA Virtual Symposium Graduate Student Organized Webinar To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/Sephardic2022   Monday, May 9, 2022 Relational Approaches to History in Ottoman Studies 9:00 AM PST // 12:00 PM EST Panel Description: This panel examines new methodological approaches within Ottoman Studies that seek to expand how historians conceptualize social and economic processes of difference-making both within and across religious groups. Panelists: Canan Bollel, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington Kaleb Herman Adney,…

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April 2022

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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts: Transcultural Interpretation and Transmission

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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This conference (online and onsite) brings together scholars to consider different manuscript communities in Europe, their textual and iconographic traditions, and more globally, an exploration of communities that produced “families” of Hebrew manuscripts and enabled transmissions across languages and societies. Motivation to organize this conference stems from The J. Paul Getty Museum’s recent acquisition of the Rothschild Pentateuch. This manuscript serves as a case study on how a single object crosses geographical and religious boundaries and provides the impetus for…

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March 2022

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Remembering Possibility: Memory and Photography in Liquid Time – Marianne Hirsch

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Remembering Possibility: Memory and Photography in Liquid Time* Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 314 Royce Hall - 4PM *In person event open to the public RSVP: levecenter@humnet.ucla.edu Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University) with Michael Rothberg (UCLA) Etta and Milton Leve Scholar-in-Residence Lecture The 1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies This talk will consider how the vulnerable times of the Covid-19 pandemic prompt a rethinking of trauma and memory studies, and of their temporalities. Scholars and artists involved in memory studies have displaced the linear…

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Zip Code Memory Project – Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Royce Hall 236, 10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Zip Code Memory Project Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 236 Royce Hall - 2PM* *In person event open to UCLA Students, Faculty, and Staff RSVP: levecenter@humnet.ucla.edu Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University) with Michael Rothberg (UCLA) Etta and Milton Leve Scholar-in-Residence Seminar The 1939 Society Seminar in Holocaust Studies The Zip Code Memory Project invites people to re-imagine Zip Codes, not as zones of separation but as interrelated spaces for connectivity and mutual care. COVID-19 highlights how infection and death rates for the virus map…

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February 2022

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A Time to Gather: Archives and the Control of Jewish Culture

February 21

https://youtu.be/ZV8tExZz0LU UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies https://levecenter.ucla.edu/ https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecen... The Annual Sady and Ludwig Kahn Lecture in German Jewish Studies Jason Lustig (The University of Texas at Austin) with David N. Myers (UCLA) A Time to Gather available now: https://global.oup.com/academic/produ... How do people link the past to the present, marking continuity in the face of the fundamental discontinuities of history? A Time to Gather argues that historical records took on potent value in modern Jewish life as…

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Copying and Reading Sacred Scriptures: Qurʾan and Torah in Comparative Perspective

February 9 @ 12:00 pm
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This talk by Professor Daniella Talmon-Heller (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) will highlight commonalities and differences between Jewish and Muslim thinking about the aural, graphic, and material forms of the Torah and Qurʾan. Jews and Muslims have both been preoccupied with transcribing and reading the authentic text as accurately as possible while securing its sanctity. They have adopted similar devices to facilitate its precise graphic representation, but ultimately employed different solutions regarding the design and format of the material object. The Jewish…

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Can These Bones Live? The Politics of Death in the Hebrew Bible

February 1

https://youtu.be/-ODXuuUOOiM Can These Bones Live?: The Politics of Death in the Hebrew Bible Kerry Sonia (Colby College)  Moderator: Aaron Burke (UCLA)  The Bible and the Ancient World Seminar Series UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies https://levecenter.ucla.edu/ https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecen... Cosponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Caring for the Dead in Ancient Israel (SBL Press, 2020) available now: https://www.amazon.com/Caring-Ancient... The cult of dead kin in ancient West Asia was a complex…

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December 2021

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Rethinking American Jewish Literary Studies in the # MeToo Era (Or: Enough with Philip Roth)

December 6, 2021

https://youtu.be/yiwZOQqHEYc UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Arnold Band Distinguished Program in Jewish Studies Brett Ashley Kaplan (University of Illinois) Leah Garrett (Hunter College, CUNY) Benjamin Schreier (Penn State University) Maeera Y. Schreiber (University of Utah) Moderator: Dean Franco (Wake Forest University) Introduction: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) This program brings together leading scholars of American Jewish literature to consider how the field is and should evolve in light of the #MeToo movement and the dizzying diversification of "American…

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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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021 @ 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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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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