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February 2021

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

February 23, 2021

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

February 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 violence? How has the figure of the Jewish frontiersman been used to advance ideologies of belonging, both in the U.S. and around the world? Using…

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Simon Levis Sullam – The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy

February 18, 2021

https://youtu.be/XaNcD10ttU0 Simon Levis Sullam in conversation with Marla Stone will explore the role of Italians – from members of the Fascist Party, police and military forces to everyday citizens – in the Holocaust and meditates on how their involvement became obscured in the postwar era. Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Viterbi Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS/ Website: https://www.levecenter.ucla.edu/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecenter

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“If I Embarrass You, Tell Your Friends”: Jews Making Trouble, Jews Making Comedy

February 15, 2021

https://youtu.be/231Uxx5zsIk American Jewish historian Tony Michels (UW Madison) in conversation with practitioners and critics of comedy, including Jessica Chaffin, Jena Friedman, Lynn Harris, Michaela Watkins, and Josh Kun (USC, 2019-2020 Etta and Milton Leve Scholar-in-Residence), to discuss the outsized role that Jewish women have played as path-breaking comedic writers and performers. Together, the group will reflect on how comedy has changed in recent years, and what labels such as "Jewish comedian" and "female comedian" mean today. This event is sponsored…

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Elissa Bemporad – The Blood Libel in Modern Eastern Europe: A Social History

February 11, 2021

https://youtu.be/JX8KuJITiUE The Blood Libel in Modern Eastern Europe: A Social History Michael and Irene Ross Lecture in Yiddish Studies Elissa Bemporad (CUNY) Through new archival research and a close reading of the Yiddish press, this talk will explore the metamorphosis of the centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder children for ritual purposes in modern Eastern Europe. Ritual murder accusations in modern society (which involved the intervention of local and central authorities, police investigations and trials) can be used as a…

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Bryan K. Roby – Israel through a Colored Lens: African-American Perspectives on Mizrahi Israelis

February 9, 2021

https://youtu.be/l-CSXXR1bVQ Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Maurice Amado Seminar in Sephardic Studies https://www.cjs.ucla.edu/podcasts/ https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS This talk explores African-American interactions with Middle Eastern Jewish Israelis in the 1950s and 1960s. The focus will be on how African-Americans navigated racial constructs in Israeli society as well as an exploration of their observations on racial dynamics in Israel. I center the travel writings of scholar and social worker Ida B. Jiggetts, who wrote extensively on the social…

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Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema – Deborah Starr

February 2, 2021

Video of talk now available at: https://youtu.be/bLzeCmxe2vw Book available now: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520366206/togo-mizrahi-and-the-making-of-egyptian-cinema https://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/m/10.1525/luminos.91/ UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Luminos Book Talk Series In this book, Deborah A. Starr recuperates the work of Togo Mizrahi, a pioneer of Egyptian cinema. Mizrahi, an Egyptian Jew with Italian nationality, established himself as a prolific director of popular comedies and musicals in the 1930s and 1940s. As a studio owner and producer, Mizrahi promoted the idea that developing a local cinema industry…

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January 2021

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The Finger of the Scribe: How Scribes Learned to Write the Bible

January 19, 2021

William Schniedewind (UCLA) with Aaron Burke (UCLA) One of the enduring problems in biblical studies is how the Bible came to be written. Clearly, scribes were involved. But our knowledge of scribal training in ancient Israel is limited. William Schniedewind explores the unexpected cache of inscriptions discovered at a remote, Iron Age military post called Kuntillet ‘Ajrud to reconstruct how scribes were taught to write. Here, far from such urban centers as Jerusalem or Samaria, plaster walls and storage pithoi…

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September 2020

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

September 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Student, staff, and faculty affiliates of the Leve Center share outrage at the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black men, women, and trans folks at the hands of the police. We support and have participated in the protests in L.A. county and across the world, and applaud the years-long efforts of Black Lives Matter and other community organizations working to channel outrage and grief into concrete policy changes. At the encouragement of our dynamic…

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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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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