Tower

2017

"A Jewish Gangster as the Russian Superman: The Trickster in Isaac Babel's Odessa Tales", a talk by Mark Leiderman Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4 pm, 210 Pugh Hall.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the author of eight books and more than a hundred articles published in the US, Russia, and Europe. He also edited and co-edited ten volumes of articles on Russian literature and culture. Among his monographs and books are: Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos (1999), Jolly Little Characters: Cult Heroes of the Soviet Childhood (2008), Non-Canonical Classic: Dmitri A. Prigov (2010), and a two-volume critical reader on late Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian literature (2014, 2015). He is the 2014 recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for the outstanding contribution to scholarship.

"Playing for Peace" a concert of Jewish and Arab music Wednesday, February 22, 7:30pm in the University Auditorium.
MIRA AWAD: Singer, songwriter, actress and cultural activist. Awad was born in Rameh, a village in the Galilee, to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother. She studied at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and currently lives in Tel-Aviv. Awad released two solo albums, and collaborated with various international artists including Noa, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli, and Bobby McFerrin. Awad’s music is a unique fusion of sounds, weaving Arabic and its oriental ornaments with Western harmonies.
YAIR DALAL: Composer, violinist, oud player and singer, Dalal plays an important role in the global world music scene. His family came to Israel from Baghdad and his Iraqi roots are embedded in much of his music. Over the last decade he has released 12 albums representing a fusion of Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern music. Dalal also devotes his time to teaching promising young musicians at the Rimon School and preserving the musical heritages of the Jews of Iraq and the Bedouins of the Sinai.

  • Admission is free of charge and open to all. For more information: (352) 392-9247
  • Made possible through Anonymous, Kenneth D. Colen, the Gary R. Gerson Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Tree of Life Fund, the Jewish Council of North Central Florida, the Jewish Students Union, and the Arthur and Violette Kahn Visiting Scholar Endowment.
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"A Jewish Gangster as the Russian Superman: The Trickster in Isaac Babel's Odessa Tales", a talk by Mark Leiderman on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4pm, 210 Pugh Hall.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the author of eight books and more than a hundred articles published in the US, Russia, and Europe. He also edited and co-edited ten volumes of articles on Russian literature and culture. Among his monographs and books are: Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos (1999), Jolly Little Characters: Cult Heroes of the Soviet Childhood (2008), Non-Canonical Classic: Dmitri A. Prigov (2010), and a two-volume critical reader on late Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian literature (2014, 2015). He is the 2014 recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages award for the outstanding contribution to scholarship.

  • Made possible through the Gary R. Gerson Lecture Series in Jewish Studies.
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"Reflections on Post-Oslo Israeli and Palestinian History and Memory of 1948" a talk by Avraham Sela on Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Professor emeritus of International Relations and a senior research fellow at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interest focuses on contemporary Middle East politics, society and international relations. He wrote extensively on the history and historiography of the Palestine conflict since the British Mandate, especially on the 1948 War. The Palestine War of 1948 remains a formative event in the Middle East and especially for the immediately concerned Israelis and Palestinians, shaping the contours of their ensued political conflict and perceptions of ‘self’ and ‘other’ which, in turn, kept renovating memory and historiography of that event. Drawing on theoretical approaches to the role of collective memory in conflict resolution, the talk examines how Israeli and Palestinian memories/historical narratives of 1948 surfaced and affected the Oslo process.

  • Co-sponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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03/19-30/17, 7th Annual Jewish Film Festival, more info TBA

"Jews and their Neighbors in German-Occupied Poland", a talk by Jan T. Gross on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6pm, the Smathers Library Room 100.
Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society at Princeton University. His books include Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (2001); Fear: Antisemitism in Poland After Auschwitz (2006); and Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust (2012).

  • Co-sponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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04/04/17, Ken Wald, more info TBA

04/13-14/27, Shira Robinson, more info TBA

All events are Free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

With appreciation...These programs are made possible by our sponsors, Schram Memorial Endowment, Melton Jewish Studies Endowment, Gerson Lecture Series, Breier Visiting Fellowship, Kahn Visiting Scholar Fund, Gerson Visiting Professor Fund, Futernick Professorship Fund, and Jewish Council of North Central Florida.

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