Michael David Lukas

LOS ANGELES – Michael David Lukas, author of “The Last Watchman of Old Cairo,” will discuss the book during Viterbi Seminar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at 12:00 pm. on Tuesday, April 30, at UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

Lukas will be reading from his second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. This multi-generational novel centered around Cairo’s Ibn Ezra Synagogue knits together the disparate experiences of three different narrators -- an eleventh century Muslim watchman, a pair of Victorian-era linguists, and a contemporary Comparative Literature graduate student -- as each “discovers” a trove of discarded documents hidden in the attic of the synagogue.

Guest respondent for this event is Aomar Boum, UCLA professor.

Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, and cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA Department of English.

Pre-registration required.  To RSVP please email or call (310) 267-5327.

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Dean Franco, professor

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies will co-sponsor Michelle Campos as she undertakes an examination of “Unmixing the Holy City: Urban Coexistence and Segregation in Early 20th Century Jerusalem,” an Averroës Lecture Series.

The event will get under way on Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the UCLA School of Law, Room 1314.

Campos, a University of Florida professor, maintains that over the past decade, the question of Jewish-Arab residential mixing in Israel has been the subject of fierce contestation in Knesset legislation, rabbinical responsa, popular culture, public demonstrations and acts of vigilantism.  While some features are undoubtedly products of this current political moment, other aspects have deep historical roots in the end of the Ottoman Empire and the birth of territorial Zionism.

This lecture examines the decades-long transformation of Jerusalem from a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Ottoman city to the thoroughly sectarianized and nationalized city it became by the eve of the 1948 War. Throughout, Jerusalemites were forced to mediate countervailing communal, economic, theological, and political pressures in a shared urban space.

This talk draws on Dr. Campos’s current book project which has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

RSVP required.

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                         Sarah Phillips Casteel

LOS ANGELES – Sarah Phillips Casteel, a Carleton University professor, will discuss Global Itineraries of Holocaust Memory: The Jewish Caribbean and Nazi Persecution in Literature and Art at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in UCLA 314 Royce Hall, an Arnold Band distinguished lecture in Jewish studies.

During World War II, the Caribbean provided safe haven to Jewish refugees from the Nazis. Meanwhile, Caribbean expatriates living in Europe found themselves caught up in the war and, in some cases, imprisoned. This talk revisits these entangled wartime histories through the lens of art and literature.

Caribbean artists and writers trace war time journeys between Suriname and Belgium, Poland and Haiti, to reveal unexpected intersections between Jewish and African diaspora experience.  In their work, the Caribbean emerges as a site where not only Black and Jewish but also Sephardic and Ashkenazi memories and identities converge.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the Program in Caribbean Studies of the Latin American Institute, UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies, and UCLA Department of English

Pre registration required. To RSVP please email or call (310) 267-5327.


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