Tower

2018
All events are Free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

"Jews in the Americas" speaker series from January 9 to August 28, 2018.

A talk by Jonathan Ray on February 5–6, 2018

A talk by Avigail Oren on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Retranslating Marc Chagall", a talk by Chantal Ringuet and Pierre Anctil on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
The two will discuss Mon univers. Autobiographie (Fides, 2017), their newly published (French) translation of Marc Chagall’s Eygens–a series of paintings depicting key elements of the renowned painter’s life, from his birth in Vitebsk in 1887, to his journeys through European capitals such as St. Petersburg, Paris and Moscow, finally returning to his native city in 1922. Engaged with current debates on the nature and role of retranslation, Mon univers. Autobiographie presents the advantage of restoring the original manuscript in all of its uniqueness.

Chantal Ringuet is a Canadian award-winning author, scholar and translator. She is currently Research Associate at the HBI, Brandeis University. Pierre Anctil is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a full professor at the Department of History, University of Ottawa.

  • Co-sponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Center for European Studies, France-Florida Research Institute, and Gary Gerson Lecture Series in Jewish Studies.
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"Leonard Cohen: In Words and Music", a talk by Chantal Ringuet on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
One of the greatest contemporary poets, songwriters and musicians, Leonard Cohen has produced a body of works which speak to his Jewish origins—the desire to escape a destiny filled with suffering and forgiveness, the ability to reinvent himself beyond exile and loss—while being of his time, that is deeply rooted in North-American culture. Above all, his oeuvre is interspersed with many revolutions that emerge in and through language, be it poetic, fictional, musical or spiritual. This presentation will examine the interrelationship between words and music in Leonard Cohen’s texts.

Chantal Ringuet is a Canadian award-winning author, scholar and translator. She has been a fellow of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York and is currently Research Associate at the HBI, Brandeis University

  • Made possible through the Gary Gerson Lecture Series in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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"The Untold Story of Nazi Stolen Art" A talk by Charles Dellheim on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Since the late-1990s, the fate of pillaged Nazi art has become a cause célèbre. Although there is good reason to welcome the long-delayed restitution of works of art the danger of dwelling exclusively on how the Nazis stole Jewish art collections is that doing so has obscured a compelling historical question: How did certain Jews acquire so much art in the first place—and what does this reveal about the relationship between Jews, art, and modernity?

Charles Dellheim is Professor of History at Boston University and was the founding director of the Kilachand Honors College. He earned a Ph.D. at Yale University and has written on diverse aspects of modern history: Victorian attitudes to the past, the relationship between business and culture, as well as Mrs. Thatcher’s capitalist revolution. He is currently completing a book on “Jews, Art, and Modernity.”

  • Made possible through the Harry Rich Endowment for Holocaust Studies and co-sponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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8th Annual Jewish Film Festival on March 10-25, 2018

"History of Nationalism and Racism" a talk by John Connelly on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6pm in Pugh Hall.
John Connelly, professor of History at the University of California Berkeley, will speak about the history of nationalism and racism on March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Connelly will begin with the European political and social history of nationalism and racism, and the warning signs we are witnessing in the United States.

While many differences exist between the U.S. and Nazi Germany, populist, nationalist, racist and militaristic impulses seem alive and well. Connelly will look at how the Nazi party philosophy gained a foothold in German society and offer suggestions on how we can keep fear and scapegoating from taking precedent over civil rights.

  • The program is sponsored by the Samuel R. "Bud" Shorstein Professorship in American Jewish Culture and Society, the UF Center for Jewish Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

A talk by Tyler Anbinder on Thursday, April 5, 2018

A talk by Naomi Leite on April 11-12, 2018

A talk by Stephanie Pridgeon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Annual Concert, April 23. Check back soon for more info.

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