Spring 2015 Events
Tuesday, March 10, 6 pm, Madden Library 3212. A screening of Black Swan with comment by Hannah Schwadron, Ph.D. (Dance History, Florida State University), “Jewish Swans in American Film: Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, and Natalie Portman.” Sponsored by the Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Certificate Program and the Jewish Studies Association.
Wednesday, February 18, 6-8 pm, PHS 102. Tony Michels, George L. Mosse Associate Professor of American Jewish History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "From Visibility to Invisibility and Back: Jews in American Film." Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Certificate Program and the Jewish Studies Association.
Friday, Aug. 29, 5:30 pm, Cineculture co-sponsored screening of Besa,Peter’s Education Center Auditorium (west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). Amazing and beautifully told account of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Discussant: Besa producer/editor Christine Romero. Click here for trailer.
Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30 pm, Cineculture co-sponsored screening of Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Peter’s Education Center Auditorium (west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). Albie Sachs, a Jewish South African who fought against apartheid and was disabled by a car bomb, lived to help create the post-apartheid government. Discussant: director Abby Ginzburg. Click here for trailer.
Friday, Sept. 26, 5:30 pm, Cineculture co-sponsored screening of Dancing in Jaffa, Peter’s Education Center Auditorium (west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). Over a ten-week period, Pierre Dulaine teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film demonstrates the powerful role that the arts, and dance in particular, can play in enabling children to overcome prejudice and build strong personal ties with one another. Discussant: director Hilla Medalia. Click here for trailer.
The Rosenbergs: Executing Jews in the Early Cold War - Thursday, April 24 5 p.m.
Lori Clune, PhD Department of History, SS 110
The Great Dictator - Friday, Jan. 31, 5 pm, Peters Education Center Auditorium
Steven J. Ross, History, University of Southern California
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.
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.
Artists Respond to the Holocaust - Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 pm, AG 109
Andrea Pappas, Art History, Santa Clara University
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.
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.
Lecture on Woody Allen
Lecture on Bella Apzug
Bella Abzug (July 24, 1920 -- March 31, 1998) was an activist, a congresswoman and a women's rights leader.
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.
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.
(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.