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May 2012 events at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies

Negotiating French, Maghreb-French and Jewish IdentitiesThursday, May 3, 2012 4:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room
Negotiating French, Maghreb-French and Jewish Identities Through Literature and History Panel: The Cohen-Tanoudji Family, A Historical Itinerary Through North African Jewry” with Denis Cohen-Tannoudji (Société d’Histoire des Juifs de Tunisie)

First part of panel was on March 21, 2012

The Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series
Jeffrey Veidlinger, Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana University in Bloomington
For the last decade, the speaker has been conducting a major ethnographic study of surviving shtetls in Eastern Europe, compiling some 900 hours of videotaped oral history, primarily in Yiddish, that will soon be made into a documentary. Each of these talks, sponsored by the Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture series, will speak to what this research reveals about the history of Russian and Yiddish speaking Jews.
Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Monday, May 7, 2012 5:15 pm
World War II in the Soviet Shtetl: From the Shoah to Victory Day
Margaret Jacks Hall (bldg. 460) - Terrace Room (426)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:00 noon
Jewish Life in the Soviet Shtetl
History Corner (bldg. 200) - Room 307

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Zvi Lederman, the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor in Israel at Stanford
Israel Without an Exodus: How archaeology has changed our understanding of Israel's origins

A leading Israeli archaeologist, director of the Tel Beth-Shemesh excavation, reflects on how archaeology has rewritten the story of Israel's origins.

Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:00 noon
Bldg. 360 - Conference Room
Eran Kaplan, the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor in Israel at San Francisco State University
Kibbush ha-Adamah, Settling The Landof Israel--Contemporary Perspectives

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 4:30 pm
Levinthal Hall, SHC
“A Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica: The Ladino Memoir of Sa’adi Besalel a-Levi” book launch (Edited by Aron Rodrigue and Sarah Abrevaya Stein) Stanford University Press, 2012
Speakers: Aron Rodrigue (Stanford), Sarah A. Stein (UCLA), Ali Yaycioğlu (Stanford) and Steven Zipperstein (Stanford)
This book presents for the first time the complete text of the earliest known Ladino-language memoir, transliterated from the original script, translated into English, and introduced and explicated by the editors. The memoirist, Sa’adi Besalel a-Levi (1820-1903), wrote about Ottoman Jews’ daily life at a time when the long-ascendant fabric of Ottoman society was just beginning to unravel. His vivid portrayal of life in Salonica, a major port in the Ottoman Levant with a majority-Jewish population, thus provides a unique window into a way of life before it disappeared as a result of profound political and social changes and the World Wars.
Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Stanford Humanities Center

Co-sponsored Events:

CREEES presents:
Frank Sysyn, Director of the Peter Jacyk Center for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Jews and the Khmelnytsky Uprising: Depictions by Christian Clergymen
Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 noon
Encina Hall West, Room 208
RSVP required here, by 5/7/12.