EVENTS

 

Spring
visiting
scholars
series


March 29 at 7:30 PM
in stem auditorium
“CAN THE GOOD GUYS WIN? JUSTICE, GAZA, AND ASYMMETRIC WAR”
Michael Walzer,1 Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, and one of America’s foremost political thinkers, will begin with a question: Can soldiers, who fight in accordance with international law and with the principles of just war theory, win their wars? To answer that question he will explore recent cases of asymmetric warfare with a special reference to the 2009 war in Gaza. Prof. Walzer will also speak at Kean University earlier in the day, at 2 pm, on “What Is Just War?,” also in STEM auditorium. The evening lecture is cosponsored by the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History.

April 17 at 7:30 PM
in KEAN HALL
“BLOODLANDS: EUROPE BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN”
Timothy Snyder, professor of Yale University and author of The Atlantic’s and The Economist’s book of the year with the same title, will look at the greatest moral and demographic catastrophe in the history of the West – the mass murder of some 14 million people between Berlin and Moscow in the years 1933-1945, from Soviet terror through the Holocaust. Cosponsored by the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Holocaust Resource Center, Human Rights Institute, and the Department of History.

All Jewish Studies events are free ($10 suggested donation at the door). The STEM building is located just across from the main campus, at 1075 Morris Avenue. Kean Hall is located near the corner of Morris Avenue and Green Lane. For directions to Kean University and to program venues,
visit www.kean.edu/directions.html.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


At Kean University unless otherwise noted. For directions to Kean University and to locate campus venues, visit www.kean.edu/directions.html.


January 25 --
“Psychoanalysis: The ‘Jewish Science,’” a 7:30 pm lecture by Dennis Klein (History and Jewish Studies), the first of three in a Jewish Studies Faculty Lecture Series at the YM/YWHA in Union, NJ; $8 at the door, $20 for the series – Y members: $5 per lecture/$10 for the series (see February 15 and March 20 events). For directions and details, contact the Y at 908-289-8112.


February 15 --
“When Politics Is Jewish: Justices Brandeis and Frankfurter, Mayor Bloomberg, and Tea Partier Eric Cantor,” a 7:30 pm lecture by Gilbert Kahn, the second in a Jewish Studies Faculty Lecture Series at the YM/YWHA in Union, NJ; $8 at the door, $20 for the series – Y members: $5 per lecture/$10 for the series (see January 25 and March 20 events). For directions and details, contact the Y at 908-289-8112.


March 9 --

“Creating Opportunity Through Education: Empowering Women in the Developing World to Combat Oppression,” Kean University’s 5th international conference on human rights, featuring Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn. Free. Registration begins at 8 am in Wilkins Theatre. To register, visit http://www.kean.edu/KU/Human-Rights-Conference.


March 20 --

“Modern Art and Jewish Identity: The Case of Man Ray,” a 7:30 pm lecture by Lewis Kachur , the third in a Jewish Studies Faculty Lecture Series at the YM/YWHA in Union, NJ; $8 at the door, $20 for the series – Y members: $5 per lecture/$10 for the series (see January 25 and February 15 events). For directions and details, contact the Y at 908-289-8112.


March 29 --

“What Is Just War?,” a 2 pm lecture, and “Can the Good Guys Win? Justice, Gaza, and Asymmetric War,” a 7:30 pm lecture, by Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; in the STEM building located across from the main campus at 1075 Morris Avenue. Free. Questions? Contact dklein@kean.edu.


April 17 --

“Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,” a 7:30 pm lecture by Yale University professor Timothy Snyder; in Kean Hall; free with a suggested $10 donation at the door. Questions? Contact dklein@kean.edu.


April 18 --

Days of Holocaust Remembrance program and candle lighting ceremony, 6:45 pm in Wilkins Theatre. Questions? Contact hwalzer@kean.edu.

13th Annual Visiting Scholars Series “Truth and Reality in Representations of the Holocaust”

In her 2010 film “A Film Unfinished,” Israeli director Yael Hersonski used outtakes from the Nazi propaganda film Das Ghetto (1942) to show how the Nazis ruthlessly staged scenes in their “documentary” of the Warsaw ghetto. Commentary by Hersonski, author Michael Berenbaum, and JSP director Dennis Klein. (March 31)


In his lecture “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million,” Daniel Mendelsohn, the author of an international best seller with the same title and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Magazine, where he won a National Book Critics Circle Award, offered personal reflections on his world-wide search for information about the fates of six relatives who perished in the Holocaust. (April 12)


Jewish Studies-Cosponsored Events (2010-11)

Two students joined two Faculty Seminar members in presenting papers at the 10th annual Faculty Seminar Roundtable (April 7, 2011). Exploring the seminar’s 2010-11 theme, “The Public Intellectual in the 21st Century,” Jeffrey Toney (Dean, College of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences), the roundtable’s coordinator, explored the influence of social media on higher education; Dean Casale (English) looked at theories of intellectuals in public life.


“The Public Intellectual in the 21st Century,” the 2010-11 Faculty Seminar theme, inspired the following papers in the seminar’s 12th year:


• “Antonio Gramsci, Cornel West, and Lupe Fiasco on Intellectuals and Education” by Dean Casale (English)
• “Public Intellectuals: Controversial Feminists” by Nira Gupta-Casale (English)
• “Society Must Be Led: The Dilemmas of the Vanguard in Some Post-Independence Novels in India”
   by Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (Global Distinguished Professor of English, New York University)
• “One of the ‘History Boys’: Niall Ferguson” by Frank Wetta (History)
• “Higher Education and the Public: Academics in the New Media”
   by Jeffrey Toney (Dean, College of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences)

• “Public Intellectuals in China, Past and Present”
   by Sue-Ellen Gronewold (History and Jewish Studies) and Xurong Kong (History)
• “Race and the Public Square”
   by Dennis Klein (History and Jewish Studies) and Melodie Toby (Sociology/Anthropology and Jewish Studies)


Visiting Fulbright scholar Monique Eckmann presented a lecture on March 10, 2011, at the 2nd annual University Lecture Series, sponsored by the JCC of Central New Jersey and the Jewish Studies Program. In her talk, “The Right Wing in Europe and Worldwide,” Dr. Eckmann examined the growth of right-wing extremism and why its ideologies attract young adults.


On April 11, 12, and 13, 2011, Emmy-nominated Susanna Rich (English) performed a reading of her one-woman, audience-interactive poem, “ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust.” “ashes, ashes” probes the faces of tyranny and exalts the triumph of dignity and love. 


The Jewish Studies Program cosponsored Kean’s Premiere Stages September 1-18, 2011, production of Hannah by playwright in residence, John Wooten. Hannah tells the story of Hannah Senesh who, in 1943, while residing in Palestine, enlisted in the British army’s Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force and began her training as a paratrooper for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). On June 7, 1944, during her final mission in Hungary, her homeland, to abet the Allied forces and partisan resistance fighters, and at the height of the Nazis’ deportation of Hungarian Jews, she was captured by the local police and, at age 23, was eventually executed.

1) Michael Berenbaum, Yael Hersonski & Dennis Klein
2) Daniel Mendelsohn
3) Faculty Seminar Roundtable
4) Monique Eckmann
5) Susanna Rich

6) John Wooten
7) From Hersonski’s A Film Unfinished