Speaker Archive


  • Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism in Europe
     Dr. Russell A. Berman
     Dr. Russell A. Berman

    Presenter: Dr. Russell A. Berman, Walter A. Haas professor in the Humanities, Stanford University

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Auditorium

    Description: The European radical right and radical left have long indulged in conspiracy theories involving America and Jews, and a hatred that links the two has gained considerable momentum in Europe.

  • The Sound of Hate: Neo-Nazis in Eastern Germany
     Dr. Alison Furlong
     Dr. Alison Furlong

    Presenter: Dr. Alison Furlong, Musicologist, Ohio State University

    Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Room 300

    Description: Hate rock is used by neo-Nazi and other racist, ultra-nationalist groups to rally a new generation to embrace genocidal ambitions. Alternately, music/sound has been a primary antidote used in resistance.

  • Culinary Justice: Defining a Theory of Gastronomic Sovereignty

    Michael W. Twitty

     Michael W. Twitty

    Presenter: Michael W. Twitty

    Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Auditorium

    Description: A dialogue has developed around our desire to live in a world where fairness and justice prevail. African-American, gay, Jewish chef and culinary historian, Michael W. Twitty embraces this concept and promotes the idea that historically oppressed peoples have a right to authority, sovereignty, prosperity and acknowledgement in their contribution to national and global foodways.

  • East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem: A Film; A Conversation
     David Broza
     David Broza

    Presenter: David Broza

    Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Auditorium

    Description: In 1999, Israeli superstar musician David Broza met renowned Palestinian composer, and producer Said Murad, leader of the band Sabreen. Over the next decade, Broza and Murad joined forces periodically in Sabreen’s studio, resulting in the documentary and companion album East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem - a powerful statement about collaboration and coexistence. David Broza joins us to screen the film and answer questions.

  • German-Jewish Feminists and the Holocaust

    Presenter: Professor Aleksandra Bednarowska

    Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center, Room 330

    Description: Names of German-Jewish women, such as Hannah Kaminski, Cora Berliner, Bertha Badt-Strauss, and Martha Wertheimer, are forgotten today, even though they were activists and members of the League of Jewish Women, who played an important role in supporting the Jewish community in its struggle for survival in Nazi Germany. The League of Jewish Women maintained homes for single mothers, schools, prepared women for emigration and maintained vocational training for girls and women. After the League was forced to dissolve in November 1938, many of the activists stayed in Germany and served the community until the end. This talk is based on letters, essays, and newspaper articles written by these women from 1932-1942.

    Aleksandra Bednarowska is Assistant Professor of German, Department of Modern Languages, Pedagogical University, Krakow, Poland.

  • Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?

    Presenter: Sarah Bunin Benor
    Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center, Room 352

    Description: Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and Jewish English? Is it possible that even now, American Jews continue the centuries-old tradition of speaking distinctly from their non-Jewish neighbors? This talk looks at several features common among Jewish languages from the past and discusses whether American Jews use them. Through analysis of language, we can gain a better understanding of contemporary American Jews and how they compare to Jewish communities of the past.

    A specialist on Jewish Languages, American Jewish identity and culture, sociolinguistic variation, language and identity, language and ethnicity, language contact, ethnography, and Orthodox Jews, Sarah Bunin Benor is author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012).

2012- 2013

  • The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls
     Matthias Henze
     Matthias Henze

    Presenter: Matthias Henze, director of Jewish Studies, Rice University

    Date: Monday, October 7, 2013

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Auditorium

    Description:  Dating from the last centuries before the Common Era, the Dead Sea Scrolls reflect an age of religious diversity and controversy, a period during which Judaism would encounter dramatic political, social, intellectual, and theological challenges, during which new religions would rise.

  • Anne Frank Remembered (film)
     Robin Axelrod
    Robin Axelrod

    Presenter:  Robin Axelrod, Introduction by Humanities Scholar

    Date:  Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Auditorium

    Description:  Sponsored by EMU Jewish Studies and the Holocaust Memorial Center, Anne Frank Remembered, winner of the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary, offers a stunning portrait of the young girl who became, perhaps, the Holocaust's most famous victim.

  • The Jews on Tin Pan Alley
     Kenneth Kanter
     Kenneth Kanter

    Presenter: Kenneth Kanter, associate dean and director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

    Date: Monday, November 11, 2013 

    Time: 6 p.m.

    Location: EMU Student Center Ballroom

    Description: Supported, in part, by an Impact Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, "The Jews on Tin Pan Alley" promises an evening of musical selections and anecdotes showcasing Jewish contributions to American popular music. There will be a strolling reception prior to the performance. Tickets are $18 and available online.

2010- 2011

  •  Ira Berkow

    Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, Ira Berkow, New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning sportswriter and screenwriter of the 2010 award-winning documentary film, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story.

  •  Johnathan Tropper
    An Evening With Jonathan Tropper. Jonathan Tropper is author of The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How to Talk to a Widower, and This is Where I leave You.
  • Sharon Pomerantz
    An Evening With Sharon Pomerantz. Sharon Pomerantz's novel, Rich Boy, was the 2011 winner of the Foundation For Jewish Culture's Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction.
  • Elie Rekhess
    Arabs in a Jewish State: Between Integration and Alienation, Dr. Elie Rekhess, former Senior Consultant on Arab Minority Affairs to Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin; author of numerous books, including The Arab Society in Israel: A Compendium; and Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University.
  • Aaron Lansky
    Gevalt!: The Last Minute Rescue of Modern Jewish Culture, Aaron Lansky, founder and president of the National Yiddish Book Center and author of Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books.
  • Haim Rechnitzer
    To See God in His Beauty: Hebrew Poets and Mystical Union, Rabbi Dr. Haim Rechnitzer, author of Prophecy and Perfect Political Order: The Political Theology of Leo Strauss and Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought, Hebrew Union College.


  •  Whose Land is It Anyway?
    Theology and Secular Politics in the Land of Israel/Palestine, Dr. Ilan Troen, Stoll Family professor in Israel Studies at Brandeis University and Director of Brandeis University's Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
  • Did God Survive the Holocaust?
    A conversation with Dr. Guy Stern, director of the International Institute of the Righteous, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Father John Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D., director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Center.
  • The Many Faces of Jerusalem: A City of Poetry
    Dr. Rachel Harris, assistant professor of Comparative and World Literature and Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois. She is author of Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture.

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