EVENTS

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Jan
15
Fri
SoSLAP Sip and Stroll @ Meet at Blue Owl Coffee in East Lansing
Jan 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 Meet with SoSLAP at Blue Owl Coffee in East Lansing. Grab or bring something hot to drink, and spend some time in the fresh air connecting with colleagues!

Jan
19
Tue
Time Management for Graduate Student Researchers @ https://msu.zoom.us/j/93798163438
Jan 19 @ 10:35 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Aline Godfroid will be leading two discussions on time management for doctoral students in Second Language Studies and other research-focused grad programs. Do you find you need help balancing your research, coursework, and job? Want to organize so you still have time to socialize, read, and relax? Then these sessions are for you!

  1. Tuesday, January 19, 10:35 AM to noon
  2. February 23, 10:35 AM to noon

The second session will build on the first session and thus, will be most beneficial to people who also joined January 19.

Location: https://msu.zoom.us/j/93798163438

Please email SLS Graduate Student Joanne Koh, by clicking on “Email” above next to “Contact,” to receive the passcode to the meeting(s).

Jan
24
Sun
Symposium on Continuity and Change in Political Culture, Israel and Beyond
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:45 pm
Symposium on Continuity and Change in Political Culture, Israel and Beyond

Symposium on Continuity and Change in Political Culture, Israel and Beyond Register here

Co-edited by Yael S. Aronoff, Ilan Peleg, and Saliba Sarsar
Ten leading scholars and practitioners of politics, political science, anthropology, Israel studies, and Middle East affairs address the theme of continuity and change in political culture as a tribute to Professor Myron (Mike) J. Aronoff whose work on political culture has built conceptual and methodological bridges between political science and anthropology. There will be three consecutive panels on the three themes of the book by its contributors.

Conflict and Peace 11:00-11:55 am EST (6-6:55 pm IST) followed by 10 minute break

Yael S. Aronoff- Pathways to Peace: Legitimation of a Two-State Solution
Aronoff is the director of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel and is the Serling Chair in Israel Studies at Michigan State University. Dr. Aronoff teaches in James Madison College, where she is associate professor of political science. Her book, The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard Liners Opt for Peace, was published by Cambridge University Press (2014), and she is the current president of the Association of Israel Studies

Saliba Sarsar- Memory, Identity, and Peace in Palestinian-Israeli Relations
Sarsar, born and raised in Jerusalem, is the author of Peacebuilding in Israeli-Palestinian Relations (2020), Jerusalem: The Home in Our Hearts (2018) and What Jerusalem Means to Us: Christian Perspectives and Reflections (2018).

Nadav G. Shelef- Denationalization in the Israel-Palestinian Context
Shelef is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Israel Studies and professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His most recent books include Homelands: Shifting Borders and Territorial Disputes (Cornell University Press, 2020) and Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity and Religion in Israel, 1925–2005 (Cornell University Press, 2010).

Yossi Beilin- The Ecological Fallacy: “Trust” in International Relations— The Case of the Settlement Freeze in the Oslo Process
Beilin initiated the Oslo Process in 1992, the “Beilin-Abu Mazen agreement” in 1993–1995, and the Geneva Initiative in 2001–2003. He also headed the Labour Party and the Meretz Party. Beilin was Israeli Justice Minister and served as deputy minister and as minister in four governments in Israel from 1988-2001.

Challenges to Democracy 12:05- 12:50 pm EST (7:05-7:50 pm IST) followed by 10 minute break

Naomi Chazan- Israel’s Democracy at a Turning Point
Naomi Chazan is professor emerita of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. She has written and edited nine books and over seventy scholarly articles, headed the Meretz Party, and was President of the New Israel Fund.

Ilan Peleg– Majority-Minority Relations in Deeply Divided Democratic Societies: The Israeli Case in a Globalized Context
Peleg is the author or editor of eleven books and over ninety scholarly essays. A former president of the Association of Israel Studies, he is the founding editor-in-chief of Israel Studies Forum, the scholarly journal of the Association for Israel Studies.

Joel Migdal- Creating the Public in a Society of Strangers: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Cities
Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor Emeritus of International Studies in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Among his books are Strong Societies and Weak States; The Palestinian People: A History (with Baruch Kimmerling); and Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East.

National Memory, Memorialization, and Dramatization 1:00- 1:45 pm EST (8:00-8:45 pm IST)

Yael Zerubavel- The Bible Now: Political Satire and National Memory
Zerubavel is professor emerita of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers University and the former founding director of the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. She is the author of the award-winning Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1995), and Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford University Press, 2019). Professor Zerubavel is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Israel Studies from the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute.

Roland Vazquez- Victim Sculpture and an Aesthetic of Basque Politics
Vazquez is professor of Anthropology and Social Science at Upper Iowa University. His book Politics, Culture, and Sociability in the Basque Nationalist Party (University of Nevada Press, 2010) is an ethnographic study of Basque partisan competition.

Jan Kubik- Tadeusz Kantor’s Theater as an Antidote against the Excesses of Nationalism and Idiocy of State Socialism
Kubik is professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and professor of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (UCL). Among his publications are The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power; Anthropology and Political Science, with Myron Aronoff.

Jan
29
Fri
Literature Review Writing Workshop with Prof. Sandra Deshors
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm
Literature Review Writing Workshop with Prof. Sandra Deshors

Join Zoom Meeting
https://msu.zoom.us/j/97665249182

Meeting ID: 976 6524 9182
Passcode: 712337

Jan
31
Sun
Lecture by Sarah S. Willen about her award-winning book Fighting For Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lecture by Sarah S. Willen about her award-winning book Fighting For Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins

Lecture by Sarah S. Willen about her award-winning book
Fighting For Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins
Sunday, January 31st | Register here

Sarah S. Willen will reflect on her long-term ethnographic engagement with global migrants who came to Israel from countries as varied as Ghana and the Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, and Ukraine seeking work opportunities. After a brief heyday around the year 2000, many of these migrant communities fell apart when the Israeli government launched a mass deportation campaign (2002-05) that set the stage for even more aggressive anti-migrant and anti-refugee policies in the years to come. Drawing on fieldwork in homes and in churches, medical offices, human rights NGOs, and public spaces, Willen explores how global migrants in Tel Aviv struggle to craft meaningful, flourishing lives despite the exclusions and vulnerabilities they endure.

Sarah S. Willen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where she also directs the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute. Her first book, Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), was awarded the 2019 Yonathan Shapiro Prize for Best Book in Israel Studies from the Association for Israel Studies, the 2020 Edie Turner First Book Prize in Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, and was named finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore from the Association for Jewish Studies.

Feb
5
Fri
Second Language Studies Corpus Lab Kick-Off Event: Using Corpora for Pedagogy and Research: Projects from the Corpus and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) Lab @ Online Event
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm
Second Language Studies Corpus Lab Kick-Off Event: Using Corpora for Pedagogy and Research: Projects from the Corpus and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) Lab @ Online Event

Shelley Staples, University of Arizona
Friday, February 5, 2pm EST

Open to all; Sponsored by the TESOL program, the Second Language Studies program, and the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University

Description: In this talk, I will provide an overview of ongoing projects in the Corpus and TELL Lab at the University of Arizona, including an introduction to the two learner corpora we are developing, the Corpus and Repository of Writing (Crow), and Multilingual Corpus of Assignments: Writing and Speech (MACAWS). For both corpora, I will discuss both research and pedagogical applications that we are exploring. Both corpora are freely available to the public and access information will be provided for participants’ future exploration.

Zoom Information:

https://msu.zoom.us/j/96045124339
Meeting ID: 960 4512 4339
Passcode: 319339

Feb
23
Tue
Time Management for Graduate Student Researchers @ https://msu.zoom.us/j/93798163438
Feb 23 @ 10:35 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Aline Godfroid will be leading two discussions on time management for doctoral students in Second Language Studies and other research-focused grad programs. Do you find you need help balancing your research, coursework, and job? Want to organize so you still have time to socialize, read, and relax? Then these sessions are for you!

  1. Tuesday, January 19, 10:35 AM to noon
  2. February 23, 10:35 AM to noon

The second session will build on the first session and thus, will be most beneficial to people who also joined January 19.

Location: https://msu.zoom.us/j/93798163438

Please email SLS Graduate Student Joanne Koh, by clicking on “Email” above next to “Contact,” to receive the passcode to the meeting(s).

Betting on Democracy: The Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Betting on Democracy:  The Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist

Betting on Democracy: The Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist
Tuesday, February 23rd,7-8:30 pm| Register here

In this significant American political moment, this presentation on the thought of American Jewish philosopher Horace M. Kallen is a timely exploration of his unique and creative conception of democracy as a religion. As we now grapple with understanding what America is and who we are as a people, Kallen’s ideas resonate as a sounding board for new debates on the viability of cooperative unity as the operative condition of American society.

Rabbi Matthew Kaufman, PhD, is the author of Horace Kallen Confronts America: Jewish Identity, Science, and Secularism (Syracuse University Press, 2019). This intellectual biography traces how one man’s quest for authenticity contributed to a gradual shift in Jewish self-perception in America and reveals how Kallen’s struggle led to America’s embrace of his well-known term “cultural pluralism.” Dr. Kaufman serves as the rabbi of Congregation Kehillat Israel in Lansing, MI.

Mar
23
Tue
Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece
Mar 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece

Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece
Tuesday, March 23rd, 12:30-2:30 pm | Register Here

The Third Perspective on the Holocaust: Non-Jews and the German Murder of their Jewish Neighbours

Historians write about the Holocaust generally from the perspectives of the German perpetrators or the Jewish victims. This means that they miss the vital non-Jewish perspective, in particular the national and local governments that played an important role in facilitating the German murder of their Jewish citizens. This talk will explore non-Jewish involvement in the murder of the Greek Jews of Salonika, the city in which 70% of Greece’s Jewish population lived on the eve of World War II.

Andrew Apostolou is the first historian to have written about Greek Christian collaboration during the Holocaust in Greece in an academic journal. He earned his DPhil from St. Antony’s, Oxford, for “The Exception of Salonika: Greek Christian Reactions to the Holocaust” (forthcoming as a monograph).

A City against Its Citizens? Thessaloniki and the Jews

The presentation will focus on the reactions of Thessaloniki’s city authorities as the Holocaust was unfolding. In so doing, it seeks to answer the questions: did the Christian society stand up for the defense of the city’s Jews and did they try to undermine or object to the Nazi orders? Using archives from the City of Thessaloniki and several other sources, five case studies will be presented: the renaming of the streets with Jewish names prior to the deportations; the city’s involvement with the destruction of the Jewish cemetery; the use by the city of Jewish slave labor; the replacing of the Jewish employees in the municipality of Thessaloniki; and the acquisition of Jewish property.

Leon Saltiel holds a PhD in Contemporary Greek History from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and has received postdoctoral fellowships at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Revisiting Bystanders, Rescuers and Collaborators: Social Distancing and Social Networks in Thessaloniki before and during the Holocaust

The paper will examine the importance of prewar ‘social distancing’, i.e. the cultural, class and linguistic barriers between Christians and Jews in Thessaloniki, in relation to the low probability of survival (4%) among the members of the community. The paper will then analyze the various networks of survival based on prewar social ties and relations (cultural linguistic, class). What kind of social capital did prewar relations create and was it important for increasing the possibility of survival?

Giorgos Antoniou is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He currently holds the Chair of Jewish Studies and is a member of European Holocaust Research Infrastructure and International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. His current research interests include the study of contemporary antisemitism in Greece, datasets and demographics of the Thessaloniki Jewish community, survival and social networking, and the commemoration of the Holocaust in Greece.

Mar
30
Tue
Panel followed by book discussion of Wandering Jews: Global Jewish Migration
Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Panel followed by book discussion of Wandering Jews: Global Jewish Migration

Panel followed by book discussion of
Wandering Jews: Global Jewish Migration
Tuesday, March 30th, 4:30-6:30 pm | Register here

Steven Gold will discuss his edited book Wandering Jews with Gil Ribak, Laura Limonic, and Kirsten Fermaglich, who will give virtual presentations on their chapters. Wandering Jews provides readers with a broader understanding of the Jewish experience of migration in the United States and elsewhere. It describes the record of a wide variety of Jewish migrant groups, including those encountering different locations of settlement, historical periods, and facets of the migration experience. While migrants who left the Pale of Settlement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are discussed, the volume’s authors also explore less well-studied topics. These include the fate of contemporary Jewish academics who seek to build communities in midwestern college towns; the adaptation experience of recent Jewish migrants from Latin America, Israel, and the former Soviet Union; the adjustment of Iranian Jews; the experience of contemporary Jewish migrants in France and Belgium; the return of Israelis living abroad; and a number of other topics. Interdisciplinary, the volume draws upon history, sociology, geography, and other fields.
Steven J. Gold is professor and graduate program director in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University and is a faculty affiliate of the Serling Institute.

Kirsten Fermaglich – It’s the Community That We’ve Made: Jewish Migration to East Lansing, Michigan in the Postwar Era
This presentation explores the experiences of Jewish academics who moved to East Lansing, Michigan to take jobs at Michigan State University in the post-World War II era. These academics were part of a wave of American Jewish internal migration. As antisemitic restrictions lifted and higher education expanded in the years after the war, thousands of Jews moved from large Eastern cities to colleges located in small Midwestern and Southern cities with few Jews. Although Jewish observers at the time called these academics “runaway Jewish intellectuals,” fearing they would abandon the Jewish community, this paper will describe how the academic Jews of East Lansing found themselves seeking Jewish community, and indeed creating one that fit their needs. These academic migrants built their own religious school and synagogue, which featured an egalitarian liturgy, participatory worship service and a vibrant Jewish community. The academic Jews of East Lansing experienced a renewal, not a loss, of Jewish identity with their migration.
Kirsten Fermaglich is Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University. She is the author of A Rosenberg By Any Other Name (NYU Press, 2018) which won the Saul Viener Prize for the best book in American Jewish history from the American Jewish Historical Society in 2019.

Laura Limonic – New Jewish Immigrants: Constructing an American Jewish Identity
Jewish identity is built within and across national borders – influenced by the transnational tenets of Jewish practice, faith and culture as well as the national cultures where Jews reside. Jewish immigrants often find that their Jewish practice and Jewish culture diverges from Jewish life in their adopted country. In this presentation, I compare three immigrant groups, from distinct geographic locations: the former Soviet Union, Israel and Latin America. By comparing demographic and socio-economic characteristics as well as markers of Jewish identity and behavior across these three immigrant groups, we widen our understanding of immigrant communities that comprise the larger US Jewish group. I use data from the Pew Research Center, to construct variables aimed at measuring Jewish identity – providing insight into the changing nature of Jewish identity and the process of assimilation into the larger US Jewish community.
Laura Limonic received her PhD in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Brandeis University and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. In addition to academic research, Laura has an extensive background in public policy research and advocacy.

Gil Ribak – Cleanliness Like That of the Germans: Eastern European Jews’ Views of Germans and the Dynamics of Migration and Disillusionment
The talk will focus on Eastern European Jews’ views of Germans before, during, and after immigration to America. Images of Germans should be understood in the context of the Jewish encounter with modernity. Modernizing Jews initially idealized the non-Jews whom they perceived as more developed and carriers of a higher culture; however, this pattern of initial admiration was frequently followed by disenchantment. Idealization required geographical distance; when Jews came into close contact with Germans, their attitudes often changed.
Gil Ribak is an Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Born and raised in Israel, he came to the United States on a Fulbright Dissertator Fellowship and completed a doctoral degree in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book, Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012.