WBEZ | Spertus Institute http://www.wbez.org/content/spertus-institute-jewish-studies Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jewish Graphic Design from the Talmud to Today http://www.wbez.org/jewish-graphic-design-talmud-today-107472 <p><p>&quot;the people of the book,&quot; Jews have always valued text and learning. But did you know that Jews were also innovators in the design and typography of all kinds of printed materials? In conjunction with Voices &amp; Visions&trade; , join art historian <strong>Daniel Belasco</strong> for a wide-ranging presentation of Jewish graphic design highlights &mdash; from the Talmud to Milton Glaser &mdash; including discussion of how visual culture activates contemporary engagement with Jewish identity.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.spertus.edu/jewishdesign">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jewish-graphic-design-talmud-today-107472 Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis http://www.wbez.org/jews-and-magic-medici-florence-secret-world-benedetto-blanis-105905 <p><p>In the 17th century, Jews in Florence&rsquo;s tiny ghetto struggled to earn a living by any means possible, including loan-sharking, rag-picking, and second-hand dealing. They were often viewed as an uncanny people with rare supernatural powers. Historian <strong>Edward Goldberg</strong> will share how businessman and aspiring scholar <strong>Benedetto Blanis</strong> used this mystical misperception to his advantage, seeking a grand position at the Medici Court and winning the admiration of Don <strong>Giovanni de&rsquo; Medici</strong>.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.spertus.edu/programs-events/jews-and-magic">here.</a></p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jews-and-magic-medici-florence-secret-world-benedetto-blanis-105905 Flashbacks: East German Films on Cold War Screens http://www.wbez.org/flashbacks-east-german-films-cold-war-screens-105816 <p><p>Two experts on East German cinema, <strong>Barton Byg</strong> and <strong>Ralf Schenk</strong>,&nbsp;will discuss the international dimensions of German Democratic Republic filmmaking during the Cold War. Far from being trapped behind the Wall, East German films were screened around the world, including in the U.S., and won recognition at important international festivals. International exchanges took place through the film trade, co-productions, festivals, and international organizations such as the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), which made possible events such as the 1975 retrospective of East German cinema at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They will also examine the different perspectives of the two Germanys on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.</p><div>Barton Byg teaches German and film studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he founded the DEFA Film Library in 1993 and was a founding faculty member of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. He is the author of <em>Landscapes of Resistance: The German Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet</em>, and his other published work on East German film have helped bring this cinema to the awareness of English-language scholars. In 2011, he was honored with the Reinhold Schünzel Award for his efforts in the preservation and restoration of German film.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ralf Schenk is an internationally acknowledged authority on East German film and the Chairman of the DEFA Foundation. A film historian and journalist, he has authored and edited many key books and periodicals on East German cinema, and has participated in documentaries on post-WWII Eastern European and East German film history. He has served on the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival and worked on the reconstruction and restoration of &quot;lost&quot; East German films.</div><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.spertus.edu/programs-events/flashbacks">here.</a></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/flashbacks-east-german-films-cold-war-screens-105816 Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought http://www.wbez.org/not-heavens-tradition-jewish-secular-thought-103562 <p><p>Over the last three centuries, thinkers from Spinoza to Einstein have established a distinctive tradition of Jewish secular thought. Yet secularism did not necessarily mean a total rupture from Jewish religious tradition. Instead, argues Dr. <strong>David Biale</strong> in <em>Not in the Heavens</em>, secular thinkers appropriated the three religious categories of God, Torah,&nbsp;and Israel and filled them with new, this-worldly meaning.</p><div>Dr. David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California at Davis. His current projects include editing the Judaism section in the forthcoming <em>Norton Anthology of World Religions</em> and serving as project director for the international team writing <em>A History of Hasidism</em>.</div></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/not-heavens-tradition-jewish-secular-thought-103562 An Evening of Networking, Conversation, and Learning http://www.wbez.org/evening-networking-conversation-and-learning-98806 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>Join Spertus and Jewish B2B Networking for an evening celebrating entrepreneurship, small business, and relationship building. Over light refreshments, join business leaders and professionals from around Chicago and meet faculty members from the Spertus professional education programs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The evening includes a special presentation on conflict resolution in the work place by mediator David Perkel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>David Perkel</strong> studied negotiation and conflict resolution at Northwestern University School of Law and is certified from the Center for Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training. A lawyer and a rabbi, he mediates disputes in Cook County courthouses and through his role as spiritual leader of Ezras Israel Mechitza Minyan. He teaches conflict resolution at universities and institutions of Jewish study.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jewish B2B Networking is an organization of business professionals and small business owners that holds employment clinics, seminars, and networking events in Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and online. Founded in 2010 by Shalom Klein, it now includes more than 15,000 members in its directory.</div></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/evening-networking-conversation-and-learning-98806 The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism http://www.wbez.org/jewish-origins-cultural-pluralism-98562 <p><p>Hear historian Dr. <strong>Daniel Greene</strong> speak about his new book, <em>The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism</em>. In it, he traces the emergence of cultural pluralism to a group of Jewish college students and intellectuals who faced challenges as they sought to integrate themselves into the early 20th-century American academic and literary circles.<br><br>In 1906, they founded the Menorah Association at Harvard. Their publication, the<em> Menorah Journal</em>, became a leading voice of Jewish public opinion in the 1920s. In response to the idea that the American melting pot would erase cultural differences, they instead advocated a pluralist America that would accommodate a thriving Jewish culture and bring Jewishness into mainstream American life.<br><br>Dr. Daniel Greene is a historian who specializes in ethnicity, pluralism, and American identity, and currently serves as vice president for research and academic programs at Chicago’s Newberry Library. Before coming to the Newberry, he was a historian and curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Miami, and Indiana University Northwest. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jewish-origins-cultural-pluralism-98562 Music and Memory: Piano Sonatas of Viktor Ullmann http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-19/music-and-memory-piano-sonatas-viktor-ullmann <p><p>A number of prominent composers had their lives cut short by the Nazis. Among them was Vicktor Ullmann, a distinguished Czech composer, conductor, and pianist of Jewish heritage whose work has rarely been performed since his death. In commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), pianist and award-winning music professor <strong>Jeanne Golan</strong> will perform and discuss a selection of Ullmann's piano sonatas, including some written while he was imprisoned at Theresienstadt.<br><br>Golan recently spent her sabbatical year recording and performing Ullmann's music. Her efforts to reintroduce his work is testimony to his talent and provides a beautiful way for us to commemorate his life.<br><br>Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) was a leading composer of his generation. Stirred by Goethe’s maxim “live within the moment, live in eternity,” his music is autobiographical, accessible, and pays homage to the past by quoting music from Mozart to Yiddish folksong, from operetta to Bach. In September 1942, Ullmann was deported by the Nazis to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where he continued to compose. In October 1944, he was transported to Auschwitz and murdered in the gas chambers.<br><br>Jeanne Golan is a pianist and award-winning professor of music who has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. She recently recorded the complete piano sonatas of Viktor Ullmann, pieces that span from his days as a prominent musical figure in Prague to his internment at Theresienstadt.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:32:36 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-19/music-and-memory-piano-sonatas-viktor-ullmann Intertwined Identities: Music of Northern Morocco's Jews http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-18/intertwined-identities-music-northern-moroccos-jews <p><p>Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish are intrinsically interwoven in the formation of Jewish identity in Northern Morocco. Through a version of Judeo-Spanish called Haketía, language and oral traditions are used to forge the community's hybrid culture. Join Moroccan music expert Vanessa Paloma for a journey into this poetic and multifaceted world.<br> <br> <strong>Vanessa Paloma</strong> is a performer, scholar, and writer based in Casablanca. She specializes in Judeo-Spanish women’s songs and their role in Sephardic communities. Internationally known for this repertoire, she has performed and lectured on five continents. She received her masters at Indiana University’s School of Music and is completing a doctorate at the Sorbonne’s Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales.</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:17:23 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-18/intertwined-identities-music-northern-moroccos-jews The State of American Jewish Belief Revisited: At the Edge of a Crisis or at a New Threshold? http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-04/state-american-jewish-belief-revisited-edge-crisis-or-new-threshold <p><p>Recent studies point to declining synagogue membership and denominational identification as signs of a crisis in American Judaism. This symposium focuses attention on theological dimensions of the perceived crisis. Six leading thinkers come together to share their unique vantage points on a series of questions: Is American Judaism theologically bankrupt or is it at the cusp of a radically new beginning? How should we diagnose this perceived crisis and what proposals might counter it? How can American Judaism build on traditional Jewish thought to address today’s challenges?<br> <br> Presenters include: Dr. <strong>Rachel Adler</strong>, professor of modern Jewish thought and Judaism and gender, Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles; Rabbi <strong>Saul Berman</strong>, professor of Jewish studies, Yeshiva University, and founder of Edah; Dr. <strong>Arnold M. Eisen</strong>, chancellor and professor of Jewish thought, Jewish Theological Seminary, and professor emeritus of religious studies, Stanford University; Rabbi Dr. <strong>David Ellenson</strong>, president and Grancell Professor of Jewish religious thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Rabbi Dr. <strong>Arthur Green</strong>, rector of the Rabbinical School, professor of religion at Hebrew College in Boston, and former dean and president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Dr.<strong> Riv-Ellen Prell</strong>, professor of American studies, University of Minnesota.</p><p>This symposium is free, but reservations are required at uofcconference@spertus.edu .</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:11:33 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-04/state-american-jewish-belief-revisited-edge-crisis-or-new-threshold An Evening with Shalom Auslander http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-11/evening-shalom-auslander <p><p>Join us for cocktails, desserts, and a rare opportunity to see brainy, angst-ridden, hilarious, no-holds-barred author <strong>Shalom Auslander</strong> in Chicago. Mr. Auslander will speak about and sign copies of his new book, <em>Hope: A Tragedy</em>.<br> <br> All event proceeds benefit Spertus, helping foster Jewish learning and culture.<br> <br> Shalom Auslander has been called “America’s hottest, funniest, most controversial young Jewish memoirist” and his work has been dubbed “blackly hilarious” by <em>The Times</em> of London. He has published articles in <em>Esquire</em>, T<em>he New York Times Magazine</em>, <em>Tablet</em>, and <em>The New Yorker</em>, and is a regular contributor to Public Radio International’s <em>This American Life</em>. He is the author of the short-story collection <em>Beware of God</em> and the acclaimed memoir <em>Foreskin’s Lament</em>. His novel <em>Hope: A Tragedy</em> was just released to rave reviews!<br> <br> Please note that Mr. Auslander’s books and programs contain adult content.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:12:42 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-11/evening-shalom-auslander