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April 2012 events at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies

The Stanford University Charles Michael LectureThe Stanford University Charles Michael Lecture
Edward Rothstein with Stephen Smith and Connie Wolf
Museums and the Remaking of Holocaust Memory

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:00pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Co-sponsored and presented by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
(Free! Advanced reservations required: Call 415.292.1233 or Email Arts@jccsf.org)
How are newly constructed Holocaust museums, especially in Europe, shaping the memory and meaning of the Holocaust?
New York Times Cultural Critic-At-Large Edward Rothstein joins USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Executive Director Stephen Smith for a conversation on the ways in which museums are shaping the historical perception and present-day relevance of the Holocaust. The event will be moderated by Connie Wolf, in-coming director of Stanford's Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 noon
History Corner (bldg. 200) - Room 307
Edward Rothstein, New York Times Cultural Critic-At-Large
Identity Museums and the Jewish Question
Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

Michael WalzerThe Aaron Roland Endowed Lecture
Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study
Holy War in the Bible - and After

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:30pm
Levinthal Hall, SHC
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center
Reflection from the philosopher Michael Walzer on the Holy War tradition in the Bible and later culture.

Co-sponsored Events:

The Department of German Studies presents:
Michael Brenner, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon
Ethnic Polemic in Medieval Spain: 'Arabiyya, Shu'ubiyya, and 'Ibraniyya''
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
German Library

The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies presents:
2011-12 Event Series:  We the People: Islam & U.S. Politics
“Faith & Democracy”
a panel discussion with:
Mohammad Fadel, University of Toront
Rebecca Lyman, University of California, Berkeley
Richard Madsen, University of California, San Diego
Steve Weitzman, Stanford University
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal
Panelists will focus on the links between democracy and Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. The session is the third installment of the Abbasi Program's 2011-12 “We the People: Islam and U.S. Politics” Event Series. Bringing together academics, artists and public intellectuals , the series provides a forum for deep, critical conversations about America as much as about Muslims and Islam in America.

The Romanian Film Festival at Stanford and UC Berkeley:
PERFORMING IDENTITIES IN ROMANIAN CINEMA – Film Festival and Discussion Forum presented at the Bechtel International Center, Stanford University
April 27, 28, and 29, 2012, FREE ADMISSION

Stanford, California, April 9, 2012 – The theme “Performing Identities” inspires this year’s selection of films celebrating established filmmakers while also introducing new artists.  The audience will have the opportunity to view and experience the multifaceted aspects of Romanian cinema. The festival’s special guests are:
- Radu Gabrea, veteran Romanian director who will speak at our event and bring some of his internationally acclaimed films to Stanford,
- Mona Nicoara, director,
- Jasmina Bojic, Lecturer/Film Critic/Founder and Executive Director UNAFF/UNAFF Traveling Film Festival, and Director ofCamera As Witness Program
-Jeff Penington, Executive Director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley
-Jean Marie Apostolides, Professor of French and Drama, French and Drama Department, Stanford University.
-Carl Weber, Professor of  Directing and Dramaturgy, Drama Department, Stanford University.
-Joel Schechter, Professor of Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University
-Zachary Baker, Assistant University Librarian, Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections Stanford
For a complete list of films, special guests and events please visit this link.
The event is presented by the Special Language Program , Stanford University (SLP) and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (ISEEES) in conjunction with  Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University, the Europe Center, Stanford University, Bechtel International Center, Stanford University, and the Romanian Student Association, Stanford University, with additional support from the Language Center, Stanford University, Slavic Department, Stanford University, the Honorary Consulate of Romania in San Francisco, Dana Beldiman, Honorary Consul General, The Workmen's Circle Northern California, Chair Diana Scott , the Drama Department at Stanford University, Blue Collar Films, UNAFF/UNAFF Traveling Film Festival, Palo Alto/Stanford, Casa Romana (Bay Area Romanian Community), the “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film (U.N.A.T.C.), Bucharest, Romania, the National Center of Cinematography, Bucharest, Romania, and the "Nicolae Tonitza" High School, Bucharest, Romania, and sponsored by the Stanford Graduate Student Council , Billie Achilles Fund, Bechtel International Center, The Romanian Cultural Institute New York, and Coupa Café, Palo Alto.