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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?

April 14, 12 PM PST: "The Embodied God in Early Jewish Tradition" with Deborah Forger

  For many persons today it is entirely plausible to imagine God as bodiless, or further still, as an entity created by the human intellect, a conceptual idea unaffected by time and space but this is not how most ancients viewed God. One encounters, as Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic specialists have made clear, everything from a very human-like body in the Hebrew Bible to an utterly incorporeal deity in the writings of Maimonides with much overlap in between.

March 2, 12 PM PST: "Narrating Belonging: Haratin Performance of Indigeneity Through Moroccan Jewish History and Artifacts, 1934-1956" with Moyagaye Bedward

  This talk will explore how the Haratin, a community marginalized because of their putative slave ancestry, engages in memory and cultural preservation as means of cultivating a sense of local and national belonging in Morocco. It explores how the Haratin have made great strides in problematizing, and combatting notions that they are not indigenous to Morocco, and thereby their Africanity, through the preservation of local Jewish history and artifacts. Talk centers on the Haratin in two places in the Anti-Atlas, in Aqqa and Zagora.

Call for Papers: Conference on Environmental Conflict and Cooperation: March 3, 2021

  Environmental concerns and natural resources can be a cause for conflict between ethnic, religious, national, and political groups, but they can also be a reason for cooperation between countries, organizations, communities, and individuals. Such cooperation could include ecological goals such as enhancing ecosystem health and preventing species or habitat loss, but also goals such as strengthening community resilience, protection of cultural values, scientific discovery, and peacebuilding.

February 10, 12 pm PST: "California Reds: Young Jewish Communists in the 1930's," with Caroline Luce

  Luce will focus her presentation on a cohort of young Jewish activists raised in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant milieu of Los Angeles who came of age in the Young Communist League in the 1920s and 1930s, including Dorothy Ray Healey (Dorothy Rosenblum), Ben Dobbs (Ben Isgur), and others who became prominent leaders of the California Communist Party by the 1940s.