Jewish Studies Center
Some of the biggest issues and challenges facing Jewish communities today include philanthropy, business ethics, politics, identity and continuity, the changing face of American Jewry, and many others. The JSC address these issues through a series of lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and specials events that are available to the Baruch community and general public. The following events are scheduled for the Spring semester of 2014.
Russian and Soviet Jewry: Cultural Production in the Old and New Worlds
The Jewish Studies center will host the 4th annual spring conference on Monday, May 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
The conference will feature a panel to explore Jewish culture, followed by a concert by the acclaimed klezmer punk band Golem.
About the panel:
Panelists to explore Jewish Culture
- Panel I, an introductory panel on Soviet-Jewish life and culture, begins at 11a.m. and features the scholars Elissa Bemporad (Queens College), Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan) and Marat Grinberg (Reed College). A light reception follows at 12:30 p.m.
- Panel II, which begins at 1:15, focuses on the Russian-Jewish theater, and features the actress Yelena Shmulenson (A Serious Man), David Herskovits (Artistic Director of Target Margin Theater), and Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan).
- Panel III, on Russian and Bukharian music in New York City, begins at 3pm, and features musician and scholar Evan Rapport (Eugene Lang College and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music), composer and musician Ljova Zhurbin, and Russian rock musician Ellina Graypel. A light reception follows at 4:30 p.m.
WHAT: Russian and Soviet Jewry: Cultural Production in the Old and New Worlds
WHEN: Monday, May 5, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Concert begins at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave.
(Enter on 25th Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues).
A Talk with Joy Ladin
Author of The Definition of Joy: Poems and Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders
Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m.
A Q &A with the author will follow the presentation.
About the Author:
Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution, and made page-3 news in the New York Post. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award and the winner of a Forward Fives award. Ladin was named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of influential or courageous American Jews.
Ladin is also the author of six books of poetry, including Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration. Her work has been published in American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Writer's Digest, Lavender Review and Bloom. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Ladin holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and serves on the Board of Keshet, a national organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world.
WHAT: Discussion with Author Joy Ladin
WHEN: Monday, March 17, 2014
Reception at 7:00 p.m.
Reading and book signing at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center (BPAC)
55 Lexington Ave.
(Enter on 25th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues).