Jewish Studies Center

Public Programs

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 programs are scheduled for the Fall 2015 Semester:

                                             Thursday, September 10th, 2015
                                                      "View from Elsewhere"
                    Film Screening and Talk Back Discussion with artist Jenny Perlin

What kind of violence is exile? There is the exile by choice, and the one who is forced from home. There is the refugee who later becomes an exile. There is the visitor whose country dissolves in his wake. There are families and individuals, separated by space, by politics; by history. An exile lives a double life, here and not-here. Who speaks in this film? Teachers, workers, students, parents, long-term residents, asylum-seekers, people with families and with friends. View from Elsewhere was commissioned by the Expo 02 in Switzerland. Perlin frames the film with the story of her own great-grandmother, a poor Jewish woman who came to New York from Eastern Europe in the 1880s, using language to describe her migration that connects to the ways we understand these movements today.

Location: 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 14-230
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM


                                                        Monday, September 21st, 2015
                                                                   "Brilliantly Twisted"
Conversations with New Yorker Cartoonists Arnie Levin, Sam Gross and Richard Gehr                                                                                                                                                

Join us for an evening with three iconic artists. Richard Gehr, Arnie Levin and Sam Gross will discuss the rich history of cartoons, reflecting on their work and its unique connection to New York's geography, landmarks and people.

Location: 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 14-270
Time: 5:30 PM



                                                            Thursday, October 8th, 2015
                                                           "Surviving the Angel of Death"
                                 The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

Join us for what promises to be a very moving and thought-provoking discussion with Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. Subjected to sadistic medical experiments, she was forced to fight daily for her and her twin's survival.

In presenting this event, we are very grateful for the generosity of Ruth O'Hara and Mildred Weissman.

Location: 151 East 25th Street, Newman Library, Seventh Floor, Rooms 750 and 760
Time: 5:30 PM                                   


                                                       Monday, October 19th, 2015
                                    "Dublin Jewish Spaces, Faces and Places"
An Illustrated History of the Jewish Community of Dublin
                                   From the Time of Cromwell to the Present Day
                                                               Dr. Melanie Brown

Dr. Melanie Brown co-ordinates the ongoing Dublin Oral History Project, a voluntary undertaking whose remit is to chart the lived experience of Dublin’s Jewish community in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, of which she is a part. The Dublin Jewish Oral History Project was conceived by the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland in 2010, as a response to the imperative to capture life stories of members of the aging and rapidly diminishing Jewish community of Dublin. Dr. Brown was invited to coordinate this project on a voluntary basis in 2011, with over forty interviews conducted since, mainly in Dublin but also in the UK, the USA, Canada and Israel. Among the themes which have emerged are Jewish communal, religious and secular life in Dublin; education; emigration; philo-Semitism and anti-Semitism in Ireland.Dr. Brown was formerly the Composer-in-Residence with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and is currently a Local Centre Examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. Her principal research interests include Irish Jewish culture and identity, and both oral and documented Jewish history in Ireland from 1660 to the present, topics upon which she frequently presents and publishes to an international audience.** Free lunch is provided **

Location: Rosenthal Library, 5th FloorQueens College, CUNY  
Time: Free Hour, 12:15-1:40 p.m.

                                                       Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
                                                                  "Watchers of the Sky"

                                                      This event is will be held as part of
      The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center Film Series at Baruch College

About the Film: Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Academy-Award-nominated filmmaker Edet Belzberg brings viewers to once inaccessible places and introduces indelible characters—all of them working to fight one of history’s most incorrigible realities. The film interweaves four modern stories while uncovering the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the tenacious lobbyist who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Watchers of the Sky takes the viewer on an unforgettable journey, from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Bosnia to Darfur; and perhaps most importantly, from apathy to action.

Featuring: Producer Kerry Propper has been on board as producer and visionary of Watchers of the Sky since its conception in 2005. He is also the founder of The Watchers of the Sky Initiative, a foundation dedicated to educating people about genocide and humanitarian concerns.Kerry serves on the Executive Board of Voices of Rwanda, a non-profit organization dedicated to filming and preserving the testimony of survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He is working to raise awareness about the current genocide of the Yazidi population in Iraq and lobbying the UN Security Council to refer the case to the ICC.

Location: Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave.Entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.
Time: 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

    This event is co-sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.

                                                    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
                                  An Evening with Artist Yehuda Levy-Aldema
                                 “Not by Words Alone”: A Visual Beit-Midrash:
          A unique was to explore Biblical text through language and image

A native of Jerusalem, Yehuda Levy Aldema has been working as an artist in a variety of media since 1982. A graduate from Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts, his first commissions were public murals in Samaria, Tirat Carmel, Petah Tikva, and Jerusalem. At the same time, he was producing work in oil on canvas and other media and exhibited in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. He has visited, lectured and worked in Europe and the United States, most recently completing a residency in the Ukraine, at the Odessa Jewish Community Center, which produced a community art project focused on community identity. His current work explores the interpenetration of Biblical texts and reality through constructions that include found objects, carvings, drawings, and photography.  He lives in Modi'in near Jerusalem with his wife of thirty-five years, Shirley Levy-Aldema.

Location: 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 14-270
Time: 5:30 PM - 7 PM

                                                    Thursday, November 12th, 2015
     “The Return: A Documentary About Being Young and Jewish in Poland”
 Followed by a discussion with director Adam Zucker

                                               This event is will be held as part of
       The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center Film Series at Baruch College

How do you build your identity when your past has been stripped away? With no access to their heritage, four women are forging a new sense of self. In the country that was once the epicenter of the Jewish world, and now regarded as “the Jewish graveyard,” they are figuring out how to be Jewish in today’s Poland.

Location: Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave.Entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.
Time: 12:30-2:30





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