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Jan 18, 10 AM: Aleksandra Jakubczak, "(Sex)worker, Migrant, and Daughter: Migratory Prostitution and Jewish Economy in Eastern Europe, 1870-1939"

The UC Davis Jewish Studies Program is pleased to announce the first event in the New Directions in Jewish Studies 2023 Lecture Series: "(Sex)worker, Migrant, and Daughter: Migratory Prostitution and Jewish Economy in Eastern Europe, 1870-1939," with Aleksandra Jakubczak and Naomi Seidman, responding, Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10 AM PST via Zoom. Please find a poster, abstract, and registration link below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Congratulations to the 2023 "New Directions in Jewish Studies" Lecturers!

Launched in 2020, the "New Directions in Jewish Studies" Lecture Series at UC Davis is a one-of-a-kind program that aims to promote the work of scholars doing cutting edge research in Jewish Studies outside the tenure track. This year's three lecturers were selected from a large pool of applicants of extraordinary range and quality, and each will present their research in a virtual talk in 2023. Congratulations to Dr. Aleksandra Jakubczak, Dr. Larisa Reznik, and Dr. Daniella Farah!

January 18, 2023, 10 AM PST

Aleksandra Jakubczak

Nov 17, 5 PM: Screening and Discussion of "Gay Days," with renowned Israeli filmmaker Yair Qedar

The UC Davis Jewish Studies Program is pleased to present a screening and discussion of Gay Days with renowned Israeli filmmaker Yair Qedar, Thursday, November 17 at 5:00 pm in SSH 2203 Andrews Conference Room.    Gay Days is the first documentary about the birth of the LGBT movement in Israel. UC Davis Israel Institute Fellow Yael Teff-Seker will facilitate a discussion with Yair Qedar about Gay Days and about more recent developments and initiatives within the LGBTQIA community in Israel.   We look forward to seeing you there!  

October 6 and 7: "Christian Nationalism and the Making of the White Evangelical Bible," with Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan Concannon

The UC Davis Jewish Studies program and the Department of Classics are please to present "Christian Nationalism and the Making of the White Evangelical Bible," with Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan Concannon. The event will occur in two parts:

October 6 at 5 pm PST, Sproul Hall 912: "Christian Nationalism and the Making of the White Evangelical Bible"

Jill Hicks-Keeton (Oklahoma) and Cavan Concannon (USC) will speak about the complex intersection of politics and religion in contemporary American culture.

This lecture is free and open to all

May 12, 5:30 PM: Don Kunitz Award Celebration

The UC Davis Jewish Studies Program invites you to celebrate our students and faculty! 

Please join us for a reception and presentation of the Don Kunitz Awards for Excellence in Jewish Studies and a celebration of our faculty's achievements this academic year! 

Thursday, May 12, 4-5:30 pm 

Andrews Conference Room 

Social Sciences & Humanities Building 

Hope to see you there! 

April 28, 7 PM: "Susan Gilson Miller in conversation with David Biale: Years of Glory: Recovering the History of the Holocaust in North Africa"

The UC Davis Jewish Studies Program along with New Lehrhaus and the JFCS Holocaust Center are pleased to present, "Susan Gilson Miller in conversation with David Biale: Years of Glory: Recovering the History of the Holocaust in North Africa," April 28 at 7:00 pm PDT. 

This event is occurring as part of Yom HaShoah 2022 presented by the the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership with San Francisco synagogues, schools, and community organizations. Please find more information and a registration link below. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

March 31, 12:30 PM: Shulamit Shinnar, "Jewish Disability Discourse: Inventing the Rabbinic 'Normate' Body in Late Antiquity"

As scholars from the field of disability studies have argued, the category of “disability,” like gender, presents a fundamental category of analysis for historians to examine power relations and identity formation. Drawing on theoretical framework from disabilities studies and the sociology of stigma, this paper examines the negative representations of chronically ill bodies in late antique Palestinian rabbinic literature.

Feb. 17, 12 pm: Ahuva Liberles, "Where No One Knows Your Name: Vagabonds, Delinquents, and Religious Conversion in Late Medieval Europe," with David Nirenberg, responding

This lecture will examine life stories of individuals who lived on the margins of late medieval German-Jewish societies to re-examine the definition of "belonging" to the Jewish community through its boundaries. After the persecution that followed the Black Death (1348-1351), the legal status of Jews in the German lands had weakened. Many cities chose to expel the Jews, others recanted the privileges granted in earlier centuries. What roles did the fifteenth-century Jewish community play in legal procedures regarding Jewish criminals and transgressors?