Jewish Studies and Beyond 2006 Lecture Series
Posted: January 2, 2006
Thursday, February 9. Eric L. Santner is the Philip and Ida Romberg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies and Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. Prof. Santner works at the intersection of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and religious thought. His profound and widely influential books include Friedrich Holderlin. Narrative Vigilance and the Poetic Imagination; Stranded Objects. Mourning, Memory, and Film in Postwar Germany; My Own Private Germany. Daniel Paul Schreber's Secret History of Modernity; On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Refl ections on Freud and Rosenzweig (winner Honorable Mention, Koret Jewish Book Prize in Philosophy and Religious Thought; Honorable Mention, JamesRussell Lowell Prize of the MLA; Honorable Mention, Rene Wellek Prize of the ACLA); and most recently, Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century, co-edited with Moishe Postone. Two new books will appear in 2005-06: The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology, and On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald.
Prof. Santner's talk is titled "The Matter of the Neighbor."
Tuesday, March 7. Hillel Halkin was born in New York City in 1939 and has lived in Israel since 1970, working as a translator, journalist, and author. Widely considered the leading Hebrew-English and Yiddish-English translator of his times, he has rendered over 50 works of fiction, poetry, and drama into English, including classic works by Agnon, Sholem Aleichem, Y.L. Peretz, and others, and such contemporary Israeli writers as Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, and Shulamit Hareven. As a journalist, Halkin was the Israel correspondent for the Forward from 1993- 1996, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; he writes widely on Israeli and Jewish politics, literature, and culture in Commentary, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Halkin's first book Letters To An American Jewish Friend: A Zionist Polemic (1976) won a National Jewish Book Award. His Beyond The Sabbath River appeared in 2002 and received the Lucy Dawidowicz History Prize. Halkin's most recent book (2005) is A Strange Death: A Story Originating in Espionage, Betrayal, and Vengeance in a Village in Old Palestine , set in the town of Zichron Ya'akov, in which he has lived since the early 1970s.
Mr. Halkin's talk is titled, "A Theory About the Origins of Jewish Humor, or, Where Does the Jewish Joke Come From?"
Thursday, March 9, in conjunction with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the School of Music. Yair Dalal, composer, violinist and oud player is probably the most prolific Israeli ethnic musician today. Over the last decade he has released nine albums, covering wide and varied cultural territory. Dalal's family came to Israel from Baghdad and he has included much Iraqi material in his work to date. Whether working on his own, or with his Alol ensemble, Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. During the past few years he has collaborated with Maestro Zubin Mehta, Solomon, L. Shankar, and Hamza el Din, among many others.
Wednesday, April 5. Jack Kugelmass is Melton Legislative Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida. He was formerly Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Professor of Humanities and Jewish Studies at Arizona State University, and did his graduate training at the New School for Social Research. His highly-regarded books include Jews, Sports and the Rites of Ciizenship (ed. forthcoming), Key Texts in American Jewish Culture (ed.); The Miracle of Intervale Avenue: The Story of a Jewish Congregation in the South Bronx; From A Ruined Garden: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry. He is currently working on a book of translations from Yiddish journalists writing about immediate post-war Poland.
Prof Kugelmass's talk is titled "Poland 1946: Impressions of a Journey."