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.
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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
Don’t miss the opening reception for this exhibit on Thursday, November 1 from 4-6 p.m.
The Residential College in the Arts and Humantities presents the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery exhibition Nanibah Chacon: Ni’ hoosdzáán (The Female Ground), featuring the work of Nanibah Chacon, muralist, artist, and Womxn of Color Initiative Artist-in-Residence.
As an artist, Nanibah Chacon creates public artworks, engaging community and the local landscape. Research, planning and community involvement is essential to the creation of her place-based practice. In creating murals, Nanibah’s current trajectory is based upon the insertion of an Indigenous presence into colonized urban landscapes. Her use of imagery provokes questions connecting us to forgotten uses of landscape, traditions, and people.
While at MSU, Nanibah will focus her work on stories, relationships and the reintroduction of manoomin, wild rice, to the Michigan landscape. She is interested in this area of research and dialogue as it breaches multiple forefronts: food sovereignty, health and spiritualism. As part of her WoCI Artist-in-Residency, Nanibah will host a series of listening gatherings with elders, students, and community participants in the Great Lakes region, supported by the academic resources of MSU in the area of research. The community gatherings and MSU research materials will inform the content and imagery of Nanibah’s work, which will produce a mural speaking to the knowledge shared in the gatherings. The mural will engage the local and urban community with inspired importance around the protection and preservation of monomania. A proper unveiling and dialogue will be organized at the end of this project to celebrate the efforts of all involved and the creation of the work.
The exhibition is open until November 21, Monday-Friday: noon-3 p.m.
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.