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Monday, December 2, 2013
3pm - 6pm
125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
University of Minnesota
"Semi(o)te Xt 2: Reading Jewishness Between the Text" is a one-day symposium/workshop on Jewishness and poetics broadly construed; we will explore how poets and writers think about, produce, and enact Jewishness in their texts. The two main presenters will be Maria Damon and Alan Sondheim; Elizabeth Workman (MFA candidate in the Department of English) will read a response to last year's event, and Eric Lorberer of Rain Taxi Review of Books will respond to Alan and Maria's presentations as well as read some of his own work. The goal is to engage in critical discussions about the permutations and fluidities of Jewish texts and how they situate themselves (or not) in this loose matrix. The presenters will address, sometimes obliquely, the ways in which Jewishness is textually present in their work. One focus of the symposium will be to explore how this textual presence enables a shifting and changing of Jewishness-different ways of enacting Jewishness in a range of media, but especially language.
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Co-sponsored by the Program for Religious Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Rain Taxi Review of Books(Continue Reading)11/04/13
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
St. Anthony Main Theatre
A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage.
The documentary presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
Noemi Schory is currently the Schusterman Visiting Artist at the University of Minnesota throughout Fall Semester 2013. A renowned documentary film director and producer, she is active in Israeli and many international co-productions, primarily in the documentary field.
A Film Unfinished, which she produced, has received numerous awards worldwide and was an nominated for an Emmy after it aired on PBS in 2010. In 2005, Schory was elected president of Input, the international public television conference. She also serves as a museum film director and producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
To view the trailer click here.
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jewish Community Relations Council
The following courses are not part of the JWST curriculum; however, they are taught by affiliated faculty members and may be of interest to Jewish Studies students. Please contact the instructor for more information. This list will continue to be updated, so please check back!(Continue Reading)10/28/13
The University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to present its Tenth Annual Community Lecture Series, in cooperation with synagogues and other sponsoring partners across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join us as writers, filmmakers, and scholars from varied fields address intriguing questions relevant to the Jewish experience today.
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Events are free and open to the public. A reception follows each lecture.