EVENTS

Calendar

Jan
20
Fri
Panel: Israeli Contexts and Technology @ Wells Hall B-243
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Panel: Israeli Contexts and Technology @ Wells Hall B-243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Startup Nation: the Historical Context, the Cultural Geographic Landscape, and the Israeli Infotech Migrants in Silicon Valley and Beyond

This panel will explore the significance of Israeli high-tech industry on Israeli and American history, culture, society and economy. Dr. Tom Bielik (Weizmann Institute; post-doc at MSU) will focus on the history of first Israeli President and innovator Dr. Chaim Weizmann whose vision paved the way for the research of the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the top-ranked research institutes in the world. Dr. Steven Fraiberg (MSU, WRAC) will focus on the cultural geographic landscape of the Israeli high-tech industry as it transitions from the socialist ideals of the kibbutz to a capitalist system based on global high-tech industries. Finally, Dr. Steven Gold (MSU, Sociology) will focus on the Israeli infotech migrants living in Silicon Valley, examining communal cooperation in San Francisco, comparing the Israeli experience to that of Indians and considering the impact of infotech Israeli involvement on the US economy.

Co-sponsored by James Madison College, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Asian Studies Center.

Feb
15
Wed
Student Forum on Anti-Semitism @ MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Student Forum on Anti-Semitism @ MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

DISCUSSION FORUM: STUDENT FORUM ON ANTI-SEMITISM

MSU Hillel and the Jewish Studies Program come together to hear from students about their experiences with antisemitism and to educate them in how combat discrimination of all kinds. Co-sponsored by MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Office of Institutional Equity.

Feb
24
Fri
Israel’s Wars with Hamas @ Wells Hall B-243
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Israel's Wars with Hamas @ Wells Hall B-243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY/STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR: ISRAEL’S WARS WITH HAMAS: THE DILEMMAS OF ASYMMETRIC CONFLICTS

Yael Aronoff analyzes democracies fighting asymmetric wars, as they attempt to balance traditional military strategies of deterrence with pressures for restraint. Restraining factors include: mitigation of further resentment by affected populations; maintaining a political culture’s self-identity as a democracy upholding democratic norms and international laws; and the importance of winning media battles. Dr. Aronoff will examine how international lawyers, military commanders, and non-governmental organizations have come together to reach consensus on what the restraints binding states in these wars should be. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, James Madison College, and the Asian Studies Center.

Mar
25
Sat
The Yellow Ticket @ Snyder-Phillips Hall- RCAH Theater
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Yellow Ticket @ Snyder-Phillips Hall- RCAH Theater | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Yellow Ticket is a multimedia event featuring a rare 1918 silent film and an original score by renowned klezmer violinist/vocalist/composer Alicia Svigals, performed live along with virtuoso new-music pianist Marilyn Lerner. Alicia Svigals is the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and a 2014 NEA MacDowell Fellow in composition. Jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her musical career has been marked by a deep exploration of traditional and free jazz, new music tinged improvisation, and Ashkenazic folk music. Joel Rubin, clarinetist, ethnomusicologist, and Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Performance at the University of Virginia, will also perform. Joel Rubin has long been considered by many to be the leading performer of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the world today.

“The Yellow Ticket,” a very early production of the German film company UFA-Pagu, was made at the end of World War I and on the eve of the Russian revolution, stars an adolescent
Pola Negri, who would later become the legendary femme fatale of the silent era, and tells the story of an innocent young Jewish woman from a Polish shtetl who is constrained by anti- Semitic restrictions to lead a double life in a brothel while attempting to study medicine in Tsarist Russia. The film includes precious footage of the former Jewish quarter of Warsaw and the people who once lived there.

Apr
2
Sun
Israeli Film Festival @ Wells Hall- B119
Apr 2 @ 1:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Israeli Film Festival @ Wells Hall- B119 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Film Selection

Apples from the Desert • המדבר מן תפוחים

1:45-3:50pm

2014, Hebrew. Directed by Matti Harari and Arik Lubetsky. Rivka lives in Jerusalem with her Orthodox Jewish family. Unhappy with her life, she is attracted to the secular world and runs away with a man to a kibbutz in the desert. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by Professor Yael Aronoff.

Arabic Movie • סרט ערבית

4:00-5:45pm

2015, Arabic and Hebrew. Documentary. Directed by Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni. Many Israelis are still nostalgic about the old Friday afternoon ritual. Everyone would watch the Arabic movie from Egypt, which allowed some Israelis to “return” to their original homeland. This film will be followed by a dinner. Introduction by Ellen and Dany Rothfeld.

Baba Joon • באבא ג׳ון

6:30-8:45pm

2015, Farsi and Hebrew. Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son, Moti, turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade. But Moti’s passion is fixing up old cars, and Yitzhak learns that his son is just as stubborn as he is. Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) for Best Film 2015. Israel’s submission for U.S. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by the director, Yuval Delshad.

 

Apr
4
Tue
“Sand Storm” @ Wells Hall- B119
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
"Sand Storm" @ Wells Hall- B119 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Free film screening- part of the ANNUAL ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL

Introduced by Wafa Alkrenawi, former Fulbright Scholar, MSU

Israeli Film Festival @ Wells Hall- B119
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Israeli Film Festival @ Wells Hall- B119 | Durham | North Carolina | United States

Film Selection

Sand Storm • סופת חול

7:00-9:15pm

2016, Arabic. Directed by Elite Zexer. As wedding festivities begin in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband’s marriage to a second wife. Meanwhile her daughter, Layla, is involved with a man from her university. Jalila tries to bury the indignity of her husband and his new bride while attempting to contain her daughter’s situation—but Layla sees a new life for herself. Winner of six Ophirs. Israel’s submission for U.S. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by Wafa Alkrenawi, former Fulbright Scholar at MSU.

Apr
5
Wed
Mysteries of the Afterlife: Transcending Death in Judaism, Christianity and Islam @ The Kellogg Center Auditorium
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mysteries of the Afterlife: Transcending Death in Judaism, Christianity and Islam @ The Kellogg Center Auditorium | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Many people imagine heaven as a spectacularly beautiful place somewhere “up there” where God resides and where loved ones are finally and eternally united. How did the hope for a blessed afterlife arise and evolve in Judaism, Christianity and Islam?

Sep
15
Fri
Jewish Studies Research Seminar: Israel’s Population Challenge @ Wells Hall B-342
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY/STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR
THE LAND IS FULL: ADDRESSING ISRAEL’S POPULATION CHALLENGE
Wells Hall B-342
Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar Alon Tal will speak about one of Israel’s current environmental challenges: overpopulation. His presentation considers the ramifications of this extraordinary demographic growth: from burgeoning pollution and dwindling natural resources to overcrowded classrooms, courtrooms, and roads. Based on extensive fieldwork, including interviews with dozens of experts and individuals from all sectors of Israeli society, this talk examines the origins of Israel’s population policies and describes how they must change to support a sustainable future. Co-sponsored by James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, the College of Arts and Letters, the History Department, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and the Asian Studies Center.

Sep
18
Mon
Guest Lecture: Contemporary Left Anti-Semitism @ Wells Hall B-342
Sep 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th12:30-2:00pm
GUEST LECTURE
CONTEMPORARY LEFT ANTI-SEMITISM
Wells Hall B-342
Dr. David Hirsh is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London. This talk looks at the kind of antisemitism which he argues is tolerated in apparently democratic spaces: trade unions, churches, left-wing and liberal politics, social gatherings of the chattering classes and the seminars and journals of radical intellectuals. It analyzes how criticism of Israel can mushroom into antisemitism and it looks at struggles over how antisemitism is defined. After the talk, he will be available to sign copies of his new book, Contemporary Left Anti-Semitism (Routledge, 2017). Co-sponsored by James Madison College, the Center for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, the History Department, and the College of Arts and Letters.