Jewish Studies Center

Past Events

                                                          Spring 2015 Events 

                                             Thursday, February 19, 5:30 PM

                                                    Dr. Ingo Zechner Presents:

                             “Ephemeral Films: National Socialism in Austria”

Program Description: A joint endeavor between the Austrian Film Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, “Ephemeral Films” is a unique project which chronicles the rise of National Socialism in Austria from the early 1930s, through the "Anschluss" of Austria in 1938, to the war years. During this presentation, Dr. Ingo Zechner will discuss a series of short, mostly amateur film clips which date from the era. Through his analysis, he will contextualize this extremely volatile and harrowing period of history.

                                                    Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 AM

                             Filmmaker Dragan Kujundžić presents his documentary:

                                      "Frozen Time, Liquid Memories (1942-2012)"

                         Part one: "The Racija"; the Danube, Novi Sad, January 1942
                           Part two: "They Were Children"; Vel d'Hiv, Paris, July 1942

Program Description: The footage filmed by Dragan Kujundžić commemorates the seventy years since the two round-ups of the Jews, one in Novi Sad (today Serbia) in January 1942, and the other in Paris in July 1942. The archival footage includes the last interview with the foremost historian of the Novi Sad Racija, Pavle Šosberger, filmed in June 2011, as well as footage from the commemoration of the Vel d' Hiv in (Summer 2012) in Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris, the event introduced by Serge Klarsfeld. The deportation of children is further explored in the footage taken in the Musée Mémorial des Enfants du Vel d'Hiv (Memorial Museum of the Children of Vel d'Hiv) in Orleans, and interviews with one of the only two then child Vel d’ Hiv survivors, Marcel Weltman-Aron. Roughly 85 minutes. Filmed on locations in Novi Sad, Serbia, and Paris, Orleans and Avignon, France. In Serbian and French, with subtitles in English.

                                                Wednesday, April 29th, 11:00 AM

                                     REEMERGENCE: Rebirth of Jewish Life in Poland

The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature invite you to an Event co-sponsored by the Weissman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College

Speaker bio: Michael Steinlauf is professor of history at the Gratz College in Philadelphia. He has also written about Polish-Jewish relations, Yiddish theater and Jewish Press in Eastern Europe. Professor Steinlauf has also been active in various kinds of Jewish memory work in Poland including serving as chief historical advisor and curator of modern Jewish culture for Polin: Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

                                     Wednesday, May 13th, 9:00 AM

                                                           "Israel and Democracy"           



    Panel I – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

       “Israel and Its Arab and Jewish Communities”

                                                 Prof. Yehuda Mirsky, Brandeis University
                                                  Prof. Sammy Smooha, Haifa University
                                              Prof. Dov Waxman, Northeastern University
                                                     Prof. Nadim Rouhana, Tufts University

                                                        Panel II – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
                                                                 “Israel and Security”

               Prof. Oren Barak, Cornell University/The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
                                    Prof. Gabriella Blum, Harvard University Law School
                                           Prof. Robert Lieber, Georgetown University
                                                         Panel III – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
                                                           “Israel and Its Legal System”

                          Prof. Ariel Bendor, University of Maryland/Bar Ilan University
                                                    Prof. Pnina Lahav, Boston University
            Prof. Mohammed Wattad, University of California Irvine/Zefat College of Law
                                               Kent Yalowitz, Arnold and Porter Law Firm

              “What's Been Said, What's Not Been Said on Democracy in Israel"
                                                                     5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

                                  Prof. Naomi Chazan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

                              Film Screening: "The Gatekeepers"6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

           Keynote Address: Admiral Amichay (Ami) Ayalon   8:00 PM-9:00 PM

                                                               Free and Open to the Public!
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                                                                 Fall 2014 Events

                               Memorial Lecture for Professor Barbara Gluck

                                            Wednesday, September 17th, 3:00 PM

The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College was proud to honor the memory of Professor Barbara Gluck with a special memorial lecture given by Professor Abby Bender (New York University). The lecture, titled "James Joyce, the Promised Land, and Unsettlement", was attended by over 75 guests in the Skylight Room at 17 Lexington Avenue.

Professor Barbara Gluck served Baruch College as an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the English Department. A recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching, Professor Gluck was a beloved pedagogue who also served on numerous college committees, including the Weissman School Curriculum Committee, the Committee on Academic Standing, and the Committee on the Library. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Professor Abby Bender received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Irish Studies at New York University. Her areas of interest include 19th and 20th Century British and Irish Literature; James Joyce; Modernism and Empire; The Irish Literary Revival.


                                             Gary Shteyngart at Baruch College

                                                Thursday, October 23, 3:00 PM

The Wasserman Jewish Studies center will be hosting an interview with Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure, Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan, The Russian Debutante's Handbook. The interview will be conducted by Dr. Sasha Senderovich,  Assistant Professor of Russian Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Location: 151 East 25, Newman Library, Seventh Floor, Rooms 750 and 760

Gary Shteyngart is an American author and satirist who was born in Leningrad, Russia (now Saint Petersburg). He holds degrees from Oberlin College in Ohio and Hunter College of the City University of New York, and currently teaches writing at Columbia University. His work has garnered him several awards, including the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Book-of-the-Month Club First Fiction Award, and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.


Sasha Senderovich is an Assistant Professor in the department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and in the Program in Jewish Studies, at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard and has taught at Tufts, Lafayette College, and Rutgers University before landing in Boulder.

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                                             Professor Dori Katz at Baruch College

                                                 Tuesday, November 4th, 6:00 PM

Dori Katz is a Jewish Holocaust survivor who thought that her lost memories of her childhood years in Belgium were irrecoverable. But after a chance viewing of a documentary about hidden children in German-occupied Belgium, she realized that she might, in fact, be able to unearth those years. Looking for Strangers is the deeply honest record of her attempt to do so, a detective story that unfolds through one of the most horrifying periods in history in an attempt to understand one’s place within it.


Professor Dori Katz is professor emeritus of modern languages and literature at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. She is a translator of several books from the French, and a poet. Her most recent collection of poems is titled Hiding in Other People’s Houses.






                                              Special Film Screening of Red Father                

                                                  Monday, November 17th, 6:00 PM

The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College cordially invites you to join us on November 17th, 2014, for a special film screening of Red Father, a documentary by Tova Beck-Friedman. A discussion panel will follow the film.

Thought-provoking and nuanced, Tova Beck-Friedman’s documentary Red Father offers a fascinating look at a politically turbulent era, and offers the viewer a close look at the legacy of a father’s impact on his family. In the documentary, “Red Diaper Baby”, Janet Ades scrutinizes her father’s Communist legacy. She admires the father who confronted legal racism, fought fascism in Spain and was repeatedly blacklisted. Nonetheless, she does not spare her criticism of the Communist Party’s conduct. Guest speakers at this event will include:

Janet Ades – daughter of Bernard Ades, the Baltimore-based civil rights attorney and communist party member whose life and deeds serve as the focal point of the film.

George Rappoport – Wagner College Historian and Professor Emeritus.

Maria Mitchell – Legal expert and Assistant HC Public Defender at Hennepin County Public Defender in Minnesota.

Joseph Moore – Maryland-based Attorney, Prosecutor, and Author.

 Tova Beck-Friedman – Multi-media artist and writer, whose work includes projects in video, photography and sculpture.

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                        Laughing with God: Conversations About Jewish Humor

                                              Thursday, December 4th, 6:00 PM

What’s Jewish about Jewish humor? How far back does it go? Humor has had a profound effect on the way the Jewish people see the world, sustaining them through millennia of hardship and suffering.  Believe it or not, there is a great deal of humor and wit in the ancient Jewish texts – the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, and Midrash.  Inevitably, this oeuvre of Jewish humor has itself influenced generations of comics, as well as genres of humor.  In what is sure to be a lively and entertaining discussion of Jewish humor, the speakers present material from their new book – God Laughed: Sources of Jewish Humor.

Speakers: Professors Linda Weiser-Friedman and Hershey H. Freidman

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                                                                Prior Events

April 8 -11, 2013: Holocaust Remembrance Week

November 15, 2012: A Reading & Conversation with Author Etgar Keret

November 7, 2012: A Reading & Discussion with Poet Charles Bernstein

October 25, 2012: A Pound of Flesh: Jews and the Renaissance

October 15, 2012: Are American Jews the Most Secular People on Earth?

September 13, 2012: New Books, New Lives: Jewish Immigrant Women, Reading and Identity

May 19 & 20, 2012: Folksbiene Solo Series presents A Yiddish Bouquet

May 15, 2012: Sephardic American Jewry Conference: Communities and Contributions

May 9, 2012: National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene presents Love, Labor, Loss

April 25, 2012: Weissman Talks presents An Evening with Rebecca Goldstein

April 18, 2012: A Talk Entitled "The Wandering Jew: The Jewish Immigrant Experience in World Cinema"

April 17, 2012: NYT-F presents Ghetto Tango, in commemoration of Yom HaShoah

March 26, 2012: NYT-F presents Traveling the Yiddishland

March 21, 2012: A Talk Entitled "General Ulysses S. Grant & The Jews"

March 20, 2012: A Reading & Conversation with Laurie Sheck

December 15, 2011: The Heritage Ensemble Chanukah Concert with Eugene Marlow

November 30, 2011 (5:30PM - 7:30PM @ Engelman Recital Hall): Weissman Talks presents a special screening of "Between Two Worlds." The film, which is a newly released and widely praised documentary, reveals the passionate debates over identity and generational change inside today's American Jewish community. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's directors, Alan Snitow and Deborah Kauffman. Baruch professor Clarence Taylor, who was consulted for the film, will introduce the directors. This event is co-sponsored by the Baruch Performing Arts Center.

November 14, 2011: Marie Curie Nobel Centennial Symposium ft. Roald Hoffman (Holocaust Survivor & Nobel Prize Laureate)

November 7, 2011: An Evening with Art Spiegelman

September 22, 2011: A Conversation with Ishmael Khaldi

September 21, 2011: An Evening with Poet Jacqueline Osherow

September 15, 2011: The First Annual Benefit

May 15 - June 26, 2011:  The Adventures of Hershele Ostropoyler

May 5, 2011:  German-Speaking Jews in New York City:Their Immigration and Lasting Presence

April 7, 2011: Sacred Trash:The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza

April 5, 2011: Sephardic Finance Panel Discussion

March 17, 2011:  Faculty Presentation: American Jewish Politics Today: The End of Consensus

March 16, 2011:  Dr. Ken Frieden Guest Speaks: Between Yiddish and Hebrew: Literary and Cultural Confluences

March 15, 2011:  Lecture: Farewell to the American Dream? Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and the Future of Citizenship

March 6, 2011: Sneak Preview of "The Dybbuk"

Nov. 10, 2010: Panel Discussion: Jewish Immigration to New York

Nov. 10, 2010: Launch of the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College

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