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

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...

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

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,...

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Mending Modernity: Reading Elia Benamozegh Today – Clémence Boulouque

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

Zoom Meeting

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...

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

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...

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Zip Code Memory Project – Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)

Royce Hall 236 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA

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,...

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

Royce Hall 314 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA

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...

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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts: Transcultural Interpretation and Transmission

Royce Hall 314 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA

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...

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Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold

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...

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An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland

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...

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Hiddur Mitzva: A Journey Through Jewish Ritual Art

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...

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

UCLA Faculty Center 480 Charles E Young Dr East, Los Angeles, CA

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...

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The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy (From the Possibility to the Certainty of a Supermassive Black Hole)

Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

RSVP: https://levecenter.ucla.edu/event/the-monster-at-the-heart-of-our-galaxy-from-the-possibility-to-the-certainty-of-a-supermassive-black-hole/ Andrea Ghez (UCLA) 2021-22 Alan D. Leve Award Lecture Learn about new developments in the study of supermassive black holes. Through the capture and analysis of twenty years of high-resolution imaging, the UCLA Galactic Center Group has moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy from a...

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Recording History: Jews, Muslims, and Music across Twentieth-Century North Africa (Christopher Silver)

Royce 306 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, October 20, 2022 • 306 Royce • 2 PM Christopher Silver (McGill University) with Aomar Boum (UCLA) Recording History: Jews, Muslims, and Music across Twentieth-Century North Africa Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies If twentieth-century stories of Jews and Muslims in North Africa are usually told separately, Recording History demonstrates that we have not...

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A Sarajevo Story: Jews, Muslims, and the Complexities of Rescue in a formerly Ottoman town (Emily Greble)

CNSI Auditorium 570 Westwood Plaza Building 114, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, October 23, 2022 • CNSI • 4 PM Reception/5pm Lecture Emily Greble (Vanderbilt University)  with Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) A Sarajevo Story: Jews, Muslims, and the Complexities of Rescue in a formerly Ottoman town Inaugural Al Finci Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies This talk explores the entangled narratives of racial politics and understandings of rescue...

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Where Do Jews Belong? Two Perspectives from the Jewish Nineteenth Century (Jessica Marglin & Matthias Lehmann)

314 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 • 314 Royce • 4 PM Jessica Marglin (USC) & Matthias Lehmann (UC Irvine), with Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) Where Do Jews Belong? Two Perspectives from the Jewish Nineteenth Century Sady & Ludwig Kahn Book Talk in German Jewish Studies The Leve Center will host a double book talk featuring the...

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POSTPONED Wartime North Africa: A Documentary History, 1934–1950 (Sarah A. Stein & Aomar Boum)

314 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Event Postponed: New Date and Time TBA UAW Academic workers representing student employees, academic and student researchers, and postdocs have voted to authorize a strike during the week of 11/14-11/18, calling for increased wages, better working conditions and affordable housing.  In light of these efforts, the Leve Center is postponing our events for the coming week. Please stay tuned...

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