DR. LAWRENCE BARON
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
FORMER NASATIR CHAIR OF MODERN JEWISH HISTORY AND DIRECTOR OF THE JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM
As the Holocaust increasingly has been incorporated into public education, feature films, often based on juvenile Holocaust fiction or classic children’s novels are being made. This lecture looks at this trend starting with Disney’s The Devil in Vienna through The Boy in Striped Pajamas.
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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity” on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU’s Kellogg Center.
The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation.
If you are interested in attending please register at https://msuisraelat70.eventbrite.com. If you have any further questions please contact Amy Shapiro at 517-432-3493.
Dear Students and Colleagues,
In the wake of the terrible tragedy that unfolded on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue outside of Pittsburgh, the College of Arts & Letters stands in solidarity with the victims, their families, and the entire Jewish Community in Pittsburgh and around the world.
There is a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed away at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It will take place Monday, October 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at MSU Hillel, 360 Charles St., East Lansing, MI 48823
Christopher P. Long
Dean, College of Arts & Letters
On Monday, November 5th at 5pm the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel is also sponsoring a forum/teach-in on antisemitism in the wake of this mass shooting at Club Sparta in Case (third floor), James Madison College.
All students, faculty, and community members are invited to attend. The discussion will be facilitated by Institute faculty including Yael Aronoff, Director of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Kirsten Fermaglich, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Amy Simon, Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, and Margot Valles, in English and Religious Studies, who grew up a block from the synagogue.
Dr. Evelyn María Dean-Olmsted (Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Pidras) will analyze how in the late 2000s, young Shami (Damascene) and Halebi (Aleppan) Jewish Mexicans were coming of age amidst a boom in ultra-Orthodox or Haredi outreach activity, and how they struggled to craft a religiosity that was both personally meaningful and intelligible to those in their social networks.