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Lecture Series

The Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies Lecture Series provides a gathering space for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community to participate in vibrant exchange about the broad range of contributions Jews have made and continue to make to our culture. EMU Jewish Studies has sponsored:


2012- 2013

When the Holocaust Did Not Have a Name: Early German Texts on the Camps 1945-1949, Dr. Sascha Feuchert, Founder and Director of the Center for Holocaust Literature
Justus-Liebig University, Giessen (Germany's only Center for Holocaust Literary Studies) and Honorary Professor of German, Department of World Languages, Eastern Michigan University

The Ghetto Chronicle of Lodz/Litzmannstadt: News Bulletins from a Horrible Life, Dr. Sascha Feuchert. Presented at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Daring to Live for the Impossible: Muriel Rukeyser and the Idea of Freedom, Alicia Ostriker. Alicia Ostriker called "America's most fiercely honest poet," by Progressive has published numerous books of poetry and literary criticism; her work has also appeared in, among other places, New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, The Atlantic, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Shenandoah Review, Antaeus.

Life + Art: Teaching the Holocaust Through a Survivor's Art, Miriam Brysk. At the age of 8, Miriam Brysk was in the woods of Belarus, living among partisans who were fighting against the Third Reich. She is now an artist whose visions of the Holocaust are provocative and haunting.

Making Sense of the 2012 Jewish Vote, Jim Gerstein, America's leading authority on Jewish polling patterns is founding partner of Gerstein Bocian Agne Strategies, a provider of strategic planning, communications, project management, and research services to non-profit organizations, advocacy leaders, corporations, labor unions, and political candidates; he also served on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's American consulting team.

Who Cooked All That Soup? Generous Benefactors and Unsung Heroines: Gender Politics and Jewish Philanthropy's 19th Century Roots, Dr. Andrea Kaston Tange, Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University, author of Architectural Identities: Domesticity, Literature, and the Victorian Middle Classes (CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of the year), editor of Routledge's Children and Empire series, and director of online research repository 19th Century Jewish Life. Presented at the Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Introduction and Celebration of EMU's Minor in Jewish Studies, Senator Carl Levin, Michigan, the longest serving senator in Michigan history and Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Senate Auto Caucus.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Out of Tragedy Comes Social Justice, Dr. Pamela Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History at American University, and author of seven books including Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women's Ordination, 1889-1985 (a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award), New Essays in American Jewish History, and Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives.

Old Jews Telling Jokes, Sam Hoffman, author, internet sensation, and inspiration for the off-Broadway hit, Old Jews Telling Jokes.


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. '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.


The Jewish Studies is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold