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November 2012 events at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies

Rene Bloch Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center - Board Room
René Bloch, Visiting Professor of Classics, Columbia University
Moses and Myth: the Prophet as Reimagined by Philo of Alexandria
Co-sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, Department of Classics and the Humanities Center

Dariusz StolaWednesday, November 14, 2012 12:00pm
NEW LOCATION: Bldg. 360 - Conf. room
Dariusz Stola, Professor of History, Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences
What Jewish Emigration from Communist Poland Tells us about Polish Jews and the Communist Regime

Co-hosted with the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Emigration was the major social process that shaped Polish Jewish community after World War II. In 1945 Poland had just a small fraction of the once great Polish Jewry yet still a substantial group of some 250-300 thousand people. Had they stayed in Poland, they would have been the fourth largest Jewish community in the world. A generation later, in 1970, there remained a few or at most several thousand Jews. This decline was not due to high mortality or rapid assimilation but to emigration. In 1946, 1949-1950, 1956-1958 and 1968-1969, four waves of emigration took each time a major part (30-40%) of the Jewish population. The paper will present these waves, their circumstances and major factors. Exploring such a complex phenomenon as mass migration sheds light on their diverse factors, and on the three main collective actors involved: the migrants - together with their families and friends, the sending country government and the receiving country government (or governments). In particular it will deal with the role of social capital, informal communication and dynamics of migration process within small communities; on the other hand it will deal with the evolution of the communist regime, from the early drive to build a new Polish nation-state and imitate the Soviet model, to consequences of the destalinization, patterns of intra-party struggle and communist Poland’s peculiar relations with Israel.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:00pm
Levinthal Hall-SHC
Jeffrey R. Solomon, President and Charles R.Bronfman, Chairman of eJewish Philanthropy
The Art of Doing Good

Co-hosted with Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies.
Join non-profit expert Jeffrey Solomon for a conversation about his book, "The Art of Doing Good," which he coauthored with philanthropist Charles Bronfman. Jeffrey will be joined on-stage for an 'armchair interview' with Alexa Culwell, Stanford PACS Visiting Practitioner, and Jenny Shilling Stein, co-founder of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. The program will be moderated by Kim Meredith, Executive Director Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS).
Please RSVP to attend by going to this link.

Co-sponsored Events:

Rita - My JoysThe Israel Cultural Center at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents:
Rita, Israel's national singer
My Joys
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8:00pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
(For tickets: see this link: http://www.stanfordtickets.org/tickets/calendar/view.aspx?id=4746)

Andrei Malaev-BabelThe Department of Theater & Performance Studies presents:
Andrei Malaev-Babel:
Lecture—Master Class—Performance
1. Lecture. Nikolai Demidov’s School of Acting – Theatre Pedagogy of the Future
Monday, November 5, 4:15pm, Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 252.
2. Master Class. Workshop in Michael Chekhov Technique – Psychological Gesture
Tuesday, November 6, 3:15-5:05pm, Pigott Theater Main Stage (Memorial Auditorium)
3. Andrei Malaev-Babel's one-man show: Performance. BABEL: HOW IT WAS DONE IN ODESSA.
Wednesday, November 7, 8:00pm, The Nitery Theater (Building 590, adjacent to the Old Union).
Actor, director and scholar, Andrei Malaev-Babel (grandson of the Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel), is Associate Professor of Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida, where he also teaches for The New College of Florida. He is the author of The Vakhtangov Sourcebook (Routledge 2011), Yevgeny Vakhtangov: A Critical Portrait (Routledge, 2012), and “A practical guide to the application of the Michael Chekhov Psychological Gesture (PG) Technique” (trans. and commentary by Andrei Malaev-Babel, in Physical Theater: A Critical Reader, Routledge 2007)These events a co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, Performance Focal Group, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

The Mediterranean Studies Forum presents:
*NEW DATE* Thursday, November 8, 2012 4:30pm
Maghrebi Secularisms Roundtable:
Ahmed Benchemsi (Stanford University)
Susan Miller (University of California, Davis)
Marie-Pierre Ulloa (Stanford University)
Moderator: Vincent Barletta (Stanford University)
Co-sponsored with the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for African Studies
See more information here.

Rita - My JoysJewish Circle Theatre presents:
Same Am Different Language, A Playback Theatre Performance
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 8:00pm

Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3961 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
For more information, please contact Ofra Daniel at Ofra.Daniel@gmail.com or visit www.JewishCircleProductions.com.
For tickets, see this link. $25 General|$23 OFJCC members|$30 door