The 19th Annual Greenfield Summer Institute
“Jews and Entertainment”
Sunday, July 8–Thursday, July 12, 2018
About the Greenfield Summer Institute
Jews and Entertainment
As performers, writers, and business people, Jews have played crucial roles in the development of American entertainment. Few would disagree with this observation, but how to explain it is no simple matter. How have Jews shaped American film, television, music, and theater? Have they brought to bear distinct styles, perspectives, sensibilities, and issues of concern? Is there anything particularly Jewish in American popular culture? What can be learned about Jews and the United States through entertainment? A fantastic lineup of speakers will explore these and other questions in a variety of forums that will take us from Russia to the United States to Israel.
The Greenfield Vision
As the premiere outreach event of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Greenfield Summer Institute demonstrates our commitment to lifelong learning and testifies to the vision, legacy, and generosity of Center founders Laurence Weinstein and George Mosse. The Greenfield Summer Institute was the brainchild of Lawrence Greenfield, a member of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Board of Visitors, who first proposed the idea of an adult summer institute in the mid-1990s. The first Greenfield Summer Institute in 2000 brought together people from the Madison community and beyond to participate in a unique blend of continuing education, entertainment, and fellowship. Now underwritten by the generosity of Larry and Ros Greenfield, the Institute showcases the research of UW–Madison faculty and acclaimed Jewish Studies scholars from around the country. Each year the Institute’s lectures center around a theme (past years’ themes have included Jewish identity, Jews and politics, the “Wandering Jew,” Jewish Studies and the arts, Jews and gender, Israel, European Jewry, and American Jewish history). In addition to lectures that explore the year’s theme in depth, the Institute also features concerts, dinners, and other opportunities to socialize.
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