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2014-2015 Events

Fall 2014


25 Years Fall of the Wall color posterSEPT 12 | roundtable

Fall of the Wall Campus Round Table Discussion
Kristallnacht and November 9th in German History
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2:30-4 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403 | ASU Tempe campus

Co-sponsored by:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington, D.C.; School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; School of International Letters & Cultures; Jewish Studies


Ana Maria ShuaOCT 6 | Jewish Argentinian Lecture Series (in Spanish) | NEH Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires

Ana María Shua


The Cultural Project of the 1976-83 Argentine Military Dictatorship: Imposition and Resistance
4:30 p.m. | Language and Literature Building, room 105 | ASU Tempe campus

Organized by David W. Foster and co-sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures


Silvio FabrykantOCT 7 | Jewish Argentinian Lecture Series (in Spanish with English translation) | NEH Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires

Sylvio Fabrykant


Argentine Cumbia Stars and Other Marginal Subjects: A Photographer's Experience
1:30 p.m. | Language and Literature Building, room 270 | ASU Tempe campus

Organized by David W. Foster and co-sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures


Valley Beit Midrash logoNOV 12 | panel discussion: Jewish Approaches To Healing

Jews and Healing: a Panel of Scholars
7 p.m. | Congregation Or Tzion - Thunderbird Campus
suggested donation: $18

facilitator: Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University

panelists: Dr. Howard Silverman, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix; Rabbi John Linder, Temple Solel; Rabbi Micah Caplan, Congregation Or Tzion


Spring 2015


Sarah PessinFEB 12 | 2015 Harold and Jean Grossman Lectures in Jewish Thought

Sarah Pessin, University of Denver
reservations not required


Rethinking Ibn Gabirol’s “Jewish God”: Divine Will, Divine Desire, and the Greek Ground of Unknowing
4:30 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403 | ASU Tempe

Must Greek and Jewish philosophers have different conceptions of God? Learn how centuries of scholars have misread one particular Jewish thinker as opposing the Greek theological insights that inform his encounter with God, world, and self. In our examination, we challenge the myth of a “creating” vs. an “emanating” Jewish God, and we reflect on the nature of Neoplatonic God-language as a shared form of “unknowing” in Greek and in Jewish contexts. more


Jeffrey GurockFEB 16 | lecture

Jeffrey S. Gurock, Yeshiva University



Race, Class and Neighborhood: Jews and African-Americans in Gotham
1 p.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403 | ASU Tempe

The mid-1960s witnessed a turning point in Jewish-African American relationships in New York City, but the extent of the challenges that both communities faced were largely dependent on class and neighborhood factors. Professor Jeffrey Gurock will examine the key elements in inter-racial relations of that era which set patterns that would continue for generations to come.
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Ken Frieden, 2015 Albert and Liese Eckstien Scholar-in-ResidenceFEB 23 | 2015 Albert and Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence

Ken Frieden, B.G. Rudolph Chair in Judaic Studies, Syracuse University


Travelling to Zion and Beyond: Sea Travel, Translation and the Rise of Modern Literature
10:30 a.m. | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4403 | ASU Tempe

American Cinema and the Yiddish Tradition
7 p.m. | lecture | Arizona Jewish Historical Society | Cutler✡Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Ken Frieden is the author of Classic Yiddish Fiction, and anthologies of Yiddish literature in translation, such as Tales of Mendele the Book Peddler and Classic Yiddish Stories. He edits the series Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art; translates from Yiddish and Hebrew; and has edited collections of short stories by Israeli authors Etgar Keret and David Ehrlich.


Violin bow and paintbrush

MAR 22 | student award recipient recognition

Joan Frazer Memorial Award for Judaism and the Arts at Arizona State University
2 p.m. | Temple Chai | 4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix

Join us for a special reception, as we recognize the accomplishments of the 2014-2015 Joan Frazer Memorial Award for Judaism and the Arts Recipients. Students will present their completed projects.

Joseph Finkel musicology
Embracing Jewishness in Artistic Composition: Alvin Curran’s Crystal Psalms, a Case Study

Garrett Johnson music history & literature
Alchemy and Technocracy in Richard Teitelbaum’s Golem: An Interactive Opera (1990-92)

Elizabeth Schildkret theatre for youth
The Holocaust Remembrance Day Project: Examining Heroism and Memory in the play, Dr. Korczak and the Children with High School Students


Monument to Dr. Janusz Korczak in WarsawAPR 15 | The Holocaust Remembrance Day Project: Dr. Korczak and the Children

Wednesday, April 15 | 7 p.m.
J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Fine Arts Center, studio 133
51 East 10th Street, Tempe

The Holocaust Remembrance Day Project is a performance event created around the play, Dr. Korczak and the Children, which examines heroism and memory in the Holocaust through the life of Dr. Janusz Korczak. This performance event, staged on Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), includes a talk by Dr. Erika Hughes; a staged reading of Dr. Korczak and the Children; and a post-show discussion/workshop aout memory and heroism.

this event is supported by:
Joan Frazer Memorial Award in Judaism & the Arts at Arizona State University,a designated scholarship of the Jewish Studies Program; the Jewish Studies Program, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and School of Film, Dance and Theatre, an academic unit of the Hebrerger Institute for Design and the Arts


APR 27 | student award recipient recognition

Jewish Studies Celebrates Our Outstanding Students
7 p.m. | Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge (202) | ASU Tempe

Join us for a dessert reception and evening of celebration, as we recognize the accomplishments of Jewish Studies award recipients. Selected students will give a brief presentation of their research and share their experiences funded by endowments generously established by Jewish Studies donors.