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THURSDAY, JAN. 11, 2018

4 p.m. ALAN R. MARCUS (University of Aberdeen) In the Birch Grove and The Forgotten Jew in the City of Youth Film Screenings.  Screening of two 30-min. research films that adopt a contemporary perspective to exploring Auschwitz-Birkenau (In the Birch Grove, 2012) and Landsberg-am-Lech (The Forgotten Jew in the City of Youth, 2016). The films pose questions about the discomforting mismatch of beauty and trauma, the banal and the sacred, and contrasting testimonies involving an unlikely perpetrator and an unlikely survivor of the Holocaust.  Moderator: Todd Presner (UCLA). Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Cosponsored by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.  UCLA Department of Germanic Lanuages. UCLA Department of History.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To RSVP please email or call (310) 267-5327

                           MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

5 p.m.UCLA School of Law, Room 1314, Aron Rodrigue (Stanford), Between the Ottoman Empire and Italy: The Jews of Rhodes 1880-1936. Averroes Lecture SeriesThe Jews of the island of Rhodes lived under Ottoman rule for many centuries. They began to undergo many changes in the 19th century as a result of reforms, westernization and new economic circumstances. The island was conquered by Italy in 1912 and a new reality emerged in a colonial setting, leading to major transformations. This lecture will focus on the history of this Jewish community in transition between the Ottoman Empire and Italian colonialism and will reflect on the twilight years of Ottoman Sephardi Jewry. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. Cosponsored by UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.  To RSVP, please email




6 p.m.  A discussion on "Jews and the Revolution" including lecturers Professor Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan: Soviet Jews in the Secret Police during the Great Purge. Professor Israel Bartal, the Hebrew University Jerusalem: Nationalism and Revolution between Eastern Europe and Israel. Dr. Miriam Rajner, Bar Ilan University: Jewish Artists and Revolutions. Host: Professor Iris Rachamimov, Tel Aviv University.


7 p.m. A Gathering on the book “The Missing Chapter” by Miriam Yahil Wax.  With author Miriam Yahil Wax, guests, actors, and musicians: Dr. Rafael Vago, Micha Harish, Prof. Nurit Yaari, Maya Levi-Yaron, Ami Zinger, Avi Benjamin, Michal Weinberg, Lillian Roth.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10, 2018

4:30 p.m. UCLA 314 Royce Hall, Fabrizio Lelli  (University of Salento, Lecce) Love, War, Ethics and Science: Jewish and Christian Poetics in Fifteenth-Century Southern Italy in the second half of the 15th century, Venetian, Greek, Albanian, Dalmatian, and Jewish merchants settled in the Southern Italian region of Puglia. Here they played a major role in the organization of maritime networks, operating commerce along both Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean routes. This lecture illuminates the poetic trends shared by Southern Italian authors of different faiths and cultural traditions and shows how these poems allow us to better understand the multilayered society of early Renaissance Puglia. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Cosponsored by UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.  To RSVP, please email