Speaker Series

The EMU Center for Jewish Studies Performance/Speaker Series brings respected thought leaders and artists to campus to conduct performances, deliver public lectures, lead conversations, and engage with the university and greater Southeast Michigan communities.

Fall 2018

  • An Evening With Ari Axelrod: Celebrating Judaism and Broadway

    Presenter: Ari Axelrod

    Date: Sunday, October 7, 2016

    Time: 6 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Ballroom


    Straight from dazzling cabaret performances at New York venues Feinstein’s/54 Below and The Green Room 42, Ann Arbor’s own Ari Axelrod comes to EMU for an evening of musical selections and stories showcasing Jewish contributions to the American stage.

    Hors d'oeuvres reception and desserts.

    $250 for a reserved table; $18 per person; $10 students with ID.

  •  Not Your Father’s Anti-Semitism

    Presenter: Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    Date: Monday, October 15, 2018

    Time: 2 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Ballroom


    Dr. Michael Berenbaum played a leading role in the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and served until 1993 as the museum’s Project Director. He was Director of the museum’s Holocaust Research Institute from 1993–1997, and then served for two years as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He is currently Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust.

    This lecture is co-sponsored by Hillel at Eastern Michigan University.

    Admission is free.

  • A Conversation With Lisa Kron

    Presenter: Lisa Kron

    Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Auditorium


    Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Book, Score, and Musical, and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor JCC 2018 Books and Arts Festival, the Eastern Michigan University Honors Program, the EMU English department, EMU Women’s and Gender Studies, and EMU Communication, Media, and Theater Arts.

    Admission is free.

  • The Holocaust at 75: Remembrance as Public Practice

    Presenter: Jason Francisco

    Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Ballroom 


    Jason Francisco is an acclaimed artist and essayist.  Bringing together documentary and conceptual art, his photo works and writings focus on the complications of historical memory, and new directions in the art of witness.  Much of his work concerns the inheritance of trauma, specifically concerning Jewish experience in Eastern Europe. He is co-founder and co-director of FestivALT, a program of radical and experimental Jewish art based in Kraków, Poland. At Emory University, Francisco is an associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies.

    Jason Francisco's large-scale projects include Far from Zion: Jews, Diaspora, Memory (Stanford University Press, 2006), The Steerage and Alfred Stieglitz (University of California Press, 2012), An Unfinished Memory (Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, 2014), Alive and Destroyed:  A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time (2010-2018), and The Camp in its Afterlives (2010-2018).  He is author of numerous limited edition photobooks, hybrid photo-text writings, reportages, essays, and poems in translation.   

    This event is co-sponsored by the EMU program in Creative Writing and the department of Art.

    Admission is free.

  • Words and Stories 
    Second Annual Center for Jewish Studies Hanukkah Celebration

    Presenter: Aaron Wolfe

    Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

    Time: 6 p.m.

    Location: EMU Sponberg Auditorium


    Moth GrandSLAM winner Aaron Wolfe’s stories have been featured on NPR, The Moth Podcast, Risk! and countless shows around the country. After a whirlwind year, including an amazing festival run, his short film "Record/Play" has been bought by Focus Features to be adapted into a feature film.

    Hors d'oeuvres reception and desserts.

    $18 per person; $10 students with ID.

    This event is co-sponsored by Hillel at Eastern Michigan University, the EMU department of English, and the EMU department of Communication, Media, and Theater Arts. We would also like to offer a special thank you to Harlene and Henry Appelman.

    To review past speakers please visit our speaker archive.

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