FROM THE DIRECTOR
Read Jewish Studies Director Gabriel Finder's letter to find out what's been happening in Jewish Studies at UVa and where it's headed. >>>
Alon Confino Awarded Guggenheim
Alon Confino has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his project "A World Without Jews: Nazi Germany, Representations of the Past and the Holocaust," which explores the German memories in the Third Reich that made the Holocaust conceivable and imaginable. At the center of the narrative is the Nazi representation of the Jews as the historical origin—of modernity, of Christianity, and ultimately of humanity—that had to be extirpated for the new Nazi racial civilization to arise. The book is slated for publication by Yale University Press in 2013.
James Loeffler's The Most Musical Nation Wins Awards
James Loeffler's recent book The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire examines the role of music in the formation of modern Jewish national identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russia. Read more about the book and the impressive array of awards it has won. >>>
Interview with Assaf Shelleg
Read Jewish Studies graduate student Rebecca Levi's interview with visiting musicologist and concert pianist Assaf Shelleg, who is the Schusterman Israeli Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies at UVa. His research interests are in 20th century Jewish and Israeli art and music, the migration of musical idioms associated with Jewishness, and their acquired meanings in Europe, America, mandatory Palestine, and Europe. Read the interview here. >>>
Other Faculty News
Vanessa Ochs received a Repair the World Grant for Service Learning in Jewish Studies and was the 2011 NEH Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Colgate University. She will serve on the 2012 Faculty for Bronfman Youth Summer Fellowship in Israel. In addition she gave lectures and presentations at Tufts University, the Jewish Studies Program at the University of North Carolina, the Frankel Institute at the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.
Greg Goering's numerous forthcoming publications include “Divine Sovereignty and the Election of Israel in the Wisdom of Ben Sira,” in The Election of Israel, edited by Gary A. Anderson and Joel Kaminsky; “Proleptic Fulfillment of the Prophetic Word: Ezekiel’s Dirges Over Tyre and Its Ruler,” in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament; and “Sapiential Synesthesia: The Conceptual Blending of Light and Word in Ben Sira’s Wisdom Instruction,” in Cognitive Linguistic Readings of Biblical Texts, edited by Bonnie Howe and Joel Green.
Peter Ochs has published numerous articles over the last year, as well as a new book. Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews, published by Brazos Press, provides a detailed study of the movement of recent postliberal Christian theology in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the possibility of new understanding of the Jewish-Christian dialogue. Learn more about Professor Ochs's book. >>>
In addition to a number of publications, Joel Rubin kept up his busy recording schedule: along with Uri Caine he recorded the CD "Azoy tsu Tsveyt, Tzadik," which was chosen by www.exclaim.ca as one of ten favorites in the category Improv & Avant-Garde for 2011. He also contributed a piece to the CD "The Rough Guide to Klezmer" (second edition), World Music Network, 2011.
This past year, Alon Confino's book, Foundational Pasts: The Holocaust as Historical Understanding, was published by Cambridge University Press. In addition, he published three articles: “Miracles and Snow in Palestine and Israel: Tantura, A History of 1948” in Israel Studies; “Why Did the Nazis Burn the Hebrew Bible? Nazi Germany, Representations of the Past, and the Holocaust” in the Journal of Modern History; and “The Wall Within: On the Borderless-Boundaries of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” with Meir Wigoder, in Memoria e Ricerca.
Several faculty members participated in the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) 43rd Annual Conference, December 18–20, 2011. Read more. >>>
Read more about the Jewish Studies faculty. >>>
GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
Gabriel Cooper participated in a dissertation workshop in Frankfurt, Germany, this past summer, organized jointly by the Leo Baeck Institute, the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, and the University of Sussex. This past spring he presented a paper, "Messianism as Science Fiction: Theodor Herzl's Altneuland and Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union," at the Austrian Studies Association. He has an article forthcoming in a Festschrift in honor of his former German professor at Oberlin College, Heidi Thomann Tewarson. Read an interview with him here. >>>
Ashleigh Elser was named the Marc and Nancy Shrier Jefferson Fellow (2011–2016) and won a Two Brothers Fellowship for study in Israel (Summer 2011).
In April of 2011, Deborah Galaski presented two papers: "Between Public and Private: Navigating the Jewishness of Hannah Arendt," at the Arendt Circle conference in Cleveland, OH, and "'You Shall Place These Words as a Sign: Covenant, Commandment and the Idea of Chosenness" at the Virginia Graduate Colloquium on Theology, Ethics, and Culture at UVa. She also has a paper forthcoming in the University of Toronto's Journal of Jewish Thought, entitled "For the Sake of the Righteous: Divine Love and Human Responsibility in Bereshit Rabba." Deborah is currently spending the year at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.
Read more about the Jewish Studies graduate students. >>>
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
Find out about Jewish Studies major Anne Grant in this interview with Jewish Studies Director Gabriel Finder. >>>
Carrie Filipetti, a recent Jewish Studies major and 2011 UVa alumna, was accepted into a prestigious program called the "Tikvah Program" last year. ("Tikvah" is the Hebrew word for "hope.") Read her report on this year-long program for a limited number of participants to study contemporary issues relevant to the American and global Jewish community, with the assistance of traditional, classical, and innovative Jewish sources and writings from biblical times through the present. >>>
Richard J. Gunst Annual Colloquium in Jewish Studies
On March 25 and 26, 2012, the inaugural Richard J. Gunst Annual Colloquium in Jewish Studies presented new research on the 1948 war in Israel/Palestine and its ongoing memory and significance. The topic is
experiencing great changes, and scholars rethought old paradigms and common shibboleths. Attended by faculty, students, and the public, the symposium included three invited speakers—internationally acclaimed professors Anita Shapira from Tel Aviv University, Salim Tamari from Birzeit University, and our very own Alon Confino—offering diverse perspectives covering the topics of memory, culture, and literature.
Read The Cavalier Daily story for more about the event. >>>
The UVa Klezmer Ensemble concert on November 10, 2011, was the culmination of a five-day residency by Grammy-winning, trumpeter-composer Frank London of the Klezmatics. The concert featured London and ensemble director Joel Rubin, along with undergraduate and graduate students, UVa faculty, and community members from the greater Charlottesville area.
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Lawrence Douglas Lecture
On October 27, 2011, a large audience heard Professor Lawrence Douglas deliver a public lecture entitled “Eichmann in Jerusalem, Demjanjuk in Munich.” Over the last decade, Lawrence has made a name for himself as one of the world’s most important scholars in the fields of international criminal law, war crimes trials, and transitional justice. Read more. >>>
Lecture by Anita Shapira
On Monday, March 27, Anita Shapira provided a wonderful panorama of the history of the city of Tel Aviv from its foundation 100 years ago to the present. She explored the dreams and aims of its founders, who were Jews from Europe, to build a European city on the coast of the Land of Israel, and how the city developed over the decades to a bustling metropolis. Shapira stressed the adventurous urban spirit of Tel Aviv's first inhabitants, a spirit that permeates the city to this day and makes it a distinctive, Jewish and cosmopolitan, center of Israeli life.
Holocaust Survivors Panel
On March 30, 2012, fifty students in Gabriel Finder's Holocaust course, together with twenty invited guests, met, listened to, and conversed with five Holocaust survivors at the Brody Jewish Center, the home of Hillel at the University of Virginia. Read The Cavalier Daily's story about the event. >>>