Spring 2014:

The Rosenbergs: Executing Jews in the Early Cold War - Thursday, April 24 5 p.m.

Lori Clune, PhD Department of History, SS 110 

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Past Events

The Great Dictator - Friday, Jan. 31, 5 pm, Peters Education Center Auditorium
Steven J. Ross, History, University of Southern California

Still from The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1940 film was the first Hollywood movie to openly portray Jewish ghettos and Nazi persecution of Jews. In the film, Chaplin plays a poor Jewish barber and also the fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel. One day the barber is mistaken for Hynkel. The Great Dictator was Chaplin’s first sound film and his biggest hit. Made before the United States entered World War II, the movie is a satire that manages to make us laugh and also poignantly depict the plight of Jews in Europe and passionately plea for peace and tolerance. Click here for the flyer.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Certificate Program, the Jewish Studies Association and Cineculture.


December 2013

Jewish American Popular Culture - Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5 pm, Social Sciences 110

Fresno State historian Dan Cady will be presenting this lecture. Click here for the flyer.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Association and Phi Alpha Theta.

November 2013

Artists Respond to the Holocaust - Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 pm, AG 109
Andrea Pappas, Art History, Santa Clara University

The Four Mystics by Baskin

Artists' responses to the Holocaust exhibit widely varying styles while expressing themes of protest, grief, and remembrance. Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion, Ed Kienholz, and Rachel Whiteread, among others, produced works of great power during World War II and in its wake. This overview will include American artists’ reactions to the news of the Holocaust, art made in the camps, art produced by Jewish and Gentile artists after WWII, and a brief look at how artists have conceived Holocaust memorials. Use parking code 337403. Click here for the flyer.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Certificate Program, the Jewish Studies Association and the Jewish Federation of Central California.

October 2013

Reevaluating Nazi Sympathizers in Britain during Appeasement and World War II, presented by Dr. Bradley Hart

Hart is a Mass Communications and Journalism professor at Fresno State with a doctorate in history who teaches an anti-Semitism class in the Department of History also. He will discuss his 2011 discovery of an archive of photos and letters from a Nazi sympathizer named George Pitt-Rivers, a relative-by-marriage of Winston Churchill. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Association, a Fresno State student organization, and Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society.

April 2013

Lecture on Woody Allen

February 2013

Lecture on Bella Apzug

Bella Abzug (July 24, 1920 -- March 31, 1998) was an activist, a congresswoman and a women's rights leader.

October 2012

Screening of “Mexican Suitcase,” a film by Trisha Ziff

This film portrays friends and Jewish exiles from Hungary, Poland and Germany who became acclaimed photojournalists in the 1930s. Featuring a post-screening discussion led by filmmaker Trisha Ziff. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Co-sponsored by Fresno State’s Jewish Studies Association, Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies and the Jewish Federation of Central California.


April 2012

Screening of “Nora’s Will,” a film by Mariana Chenillo

Nora had a plan. It would bring her ex-husband, Jose, and the rest of their family together for a magnificent Passover feast. But there is a flaw in her plan— a mysterious photograph from the past, hidden under the bed, which leads Jose to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other. Co-sponsored by Chicano and Latin American Studies, the Department of History, and the Jewish Studies Association.


March 2011

(Our Inaugural Lecture!) Jews and American Comic Books, presented by Paul Buhle, Senior Lecturer, History and American Civilization (emeritus), Brown University

Comic masters such as Will Eisner, a pioneering graphic novelist; Art Spiegleman, author of the award-winning Maus, which depicts his parents' experiences during the Holocaust; and underground comix artists Harvey Pekar and Aline Kominsky-Crumb all happen to be Jewish. Yet these individuals are among the many Jewish Americans who played a significant role in creating the American comic art form. From Yiddish-language newspaper comic strips of the early 20th century that commented on immigrant life, through the mid-century creation of comic book heroes like Superman, to the underground comics of the 1960s, and the graphic novelists of the 21st century, Jewish Americans have created comics enjoyed by wide and diverse American audiences for over a century. Paul Buhle is the author of over thirty books on American history, popular culture, and Jewish American studies.