Current Semester Events – Fall 2019

by Judith Sone

Guest Lecture: Ethan Katz

Prof. Ethan Katz, University of California, Berkeley
“Royals and Rebels: The Remarkable Story of an Algerian Jewish Family and their Role in the Resistance”

Thursday, September 12, 2:00pm
Curti Lounge, Room 5233
Mosse Humanities Building

455 N Park St
Madison, WI 53706

This event is free and open to the public.

The 2019 George L. Mosse Lectures

Prof. Tara Zahra, University of Chicago
“The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, Picture Brides, and Lost Children: How Migration Made the Modern Family”

Tuesday, September 17, 3:30pm – “Runaways”
Wednesday, September 18, 3:30pm – “Single Women”
Thursday, September 19, 3:30pm – “Separated Families”

The Pyle Center, Vandeberg Auditorium
701 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706

These events are free and open to the public.

The Kutler Lecture Series

Professor James Loeffler, University of Virginia

“Blind Justice: Jews and Hate Speech in the American 1950s”
October 2, 7:00pm, Pyle Center

“Beyond the Law: Jews and Antisemitism in the Global 1960s”
October 3, 4:00pm, Pyle Center

These events are free and open to the public.

Guest Lecture: Weija Li

“A German-Jewish ‘University’ in China during World War II: A Unique Case of Transnational Refugee Education”
Prof. Weija Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 15, 12:00pm, Education Building – Room 159

Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

For more information about this event and Prof. Li, click here.

A light lunch will be provided at this event by the Center for German and European Studies – please RSVP by following this link.

This event is free and open to the public.

Guest Lecture: Yael Zerubavel

“Desert in the Promised Land: The Politics and Semiotics of Space in Israeli Culture”
Prof. Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University

October 28, 12:00pm, Ingraham Hall – Room 206

Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

For more information about this lecture and Prof. Zerubavel, click here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Exhibit

On display November 11-17, 2019

Union South – Gallery 1308 (first floor)
1308 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53715

Gallery hours: building open – 10pm daily

January 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In order to commemorate this event, the Polish Heritage Club from Madison presents he UW- Madison community with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Exhibit. The Exhibit is a special collection on lease from the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz- Birkenau in Poland and is composed of 31 special posters documenting the horrific story of Auschwitz Camp.

The exhibit is organized by The Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, the Polish Student Association of UW–Madison, Polish Heritage Club of Madison in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Directorate , and with a support of Jewish Studies at UW.

Events with Professor Kathy Lavezzo (University of Iowa)

Friday, November 22


Guest Lecture: Mark Oppenheimer

“The Pittsburgh Project: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting, A Year Later”
Mark Oppenheimer

December 5 at 5:00 pm

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building, H.F.DeLuca Forum
330 N Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715

Abstract: Three weeks after the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh in October 2018—the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history—former New York Times religion columnist began reporting on the ground in Pittsburgh, writing a book about how the tight-knit Squirrel Hill neighborhood copes with tragedy. After dozens of visits and nearly 200 interviews, Oppenheimer is in the midst of writing a definitive account of how a strong community, aided by geography, history, and durable institutions, has persevered. He’s taking a short break from his writing to talk about his findings with the UW and Madison communities.

This event is free and open to the public.


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