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                                   

      

                                                          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

Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Academy-Award-nominated filmmaker Edet Belzberg brings viewers to 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. 

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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