BERNS TO DISCUSS THE ECOLOGICAL IDEAS OF POST-EXPULSION SPANISH JEWS IN ITALY AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE















Andrew Berns


LOS ANGELES – Andrew Berns (University of South Carolina) will examine “The Foundation of the World: The Ecological Ideas of Post-Expulsion Spanish Jews in Italy and the Ottoman Empire” on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:00 p.m. in UCLA 314 Royce Hall.
 
In the wake of their banishment from Spain in 1492, after nearly 1500 years on Iberian soil, how did Spanish Jews think about land and the natural world?  Bern talk explores how Sephardic Jews developed their ideas about the proper use (and improper abuse) of land.

From safe havens in Italy and the Ottoman Empire, scholars such as Isaac Abravanel, Abraham Saba and others wrote copiously about agricultural practices and land management in their commentaries on biblical and rabbinic texts. The late Middle Ages witnessed drastic changes in land use on the Iberian Peninsula, in Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean.  

Bern said he will show how Spanish-Jewish ideas about the land (the biblical Land of Israel as well as lands of the diaspora) responded to ecological realities as well as intellectual trends.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and Viterbi Seminar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies.

Pre-registration is required.  To RSVP please email cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu or call (310) 267-5327.



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                                                         Shira Klein
 

LOS ANGELES – Shira Klein (Chapman University) will discuss A Place In The Sun: Italian Jews and the Colonization of Africa on Wednesday, November 14, at 12:00 p.m. in 306 UCLA Royce Hall .


For four decades (1890s-1930s), Italian Jews strongly approved of their country’s colonizing enterprise. Throughout Italy’s expansion to Somalia, Eritrea, Libya, and Ethiopia, Italian Jews lent their support. But the act of colonizing challenged their comfortable dual identity, namely, their ability to be both Italian and Jewish.


The empire pitted Italian colonizers and colonized African Jews against each other, and Italian Jews found themselves caught in the middle.

A Place in the Sun: Italian Jews and the Colonization of Africa is a Viterbi Seminar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Italian and UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

Pre-registration is required.  To RSVP, please call (310) 267-5327.






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KLEIN TO DISCUSS “A PLACE IN THE SUN: ITALIAN

JEWS AND THE COLONIZATION OF AFRICA