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               Marc Epstein, profess Vassar College

LOS ANGELES – Marc Epstein (Vassar College) cuts through “Thought Crimes: Subversive Politics in Art Made For Medieval Jews” on Thursday, at 4 p.m., March 7,
UCLA Faculty Center during the Maurice Amado Lecture in Sephardic Studies.

This lecture will lay out the issues of temporality (the way in which the passing of time is indicated or implied) in illuminated manuscripts made for Jews in the fourteenth century.

What happens when, viewing images as a frozen snapshots in time, we consider the potentially politically subversive implications of the implied action that will ensue in the moment after the one that is frozen in the frame? What can we learn from such considerations about the political and theological views of the constellation of patrons, rabbinic advisors, scribes, designers, illustrators and illuminators who collaborated to produce these beautiful and iconographically complex masterpieces?

Moderator will be Sarah Abrevaya Stein

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA Department of History , UCLA Department of Art History, Additional Funding Provided by Viterbi Program In Mediterranean Jewish Studies.


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Sarah Milstein, professor University

of British Columbia

LOS ANGELES -- Sarah Milstein (University of British Columbia) will discuss the Preservation and Innovation: The Tracks of the Master Scribe Bible and Its Interpreters Seminar Series on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 12 p.m. in UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

In the ancient Near East, “master scribes” -- those who held the authority to produce and revise texts -- regularly introduced changes to biblical and Mesopotamian literature in the course of transmission: what Milstein calls “revision through introduction.” In this talk, Milstein demonstrates what is to be gained by disentangling the competing voices in a given work, a process that allows for the text to be perceived afresh at all stages in its development.

Moderator for this event will be William Schniedewind.  The event is sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. The event is cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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



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Dean Franco, professor

Wake Forest University

LOS ANGELES -- Dean Franco (Wake Forest University) will examine The Matter of the Neighbor: Budd Schulberg, James Baldwin, and the Watts Writers Workshop on
Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4:00 p.m. at UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

This lecture will explore the Watts Writers Workshop, founded in the heart of Watts by Jewish American writer Budd Schulberg immediately after the Watts Rebellion of 1965 . Franco will explore how the success and final demise of the project tracks Schulberg’s shift from prose to property.

Drawing on Schulberg’s archives, including lease contracts, letters, and personal notes, Franco argues that Schulberg’s personal and financial investment in Watts relocated his political standing as the “neighbor” to the Watts writers with whom he worked. However, being a neighbor exposed Schulberg to political marginality and police harassment, culminating in the FBI sabotage of the Workshop (it was burned down by an admitted FBI plant in 1973).

Schulberg never fully understood his outsider-insider status, a claim Franco substantiates through a careful reading of a conversation between Schulberg and James Baldwin, where Baldwin is able to peel back the multiple layers of identity sustaining whiteness’s controlling claims on black property, thereby recalibrating what “Jewish” and “black” meant to each other in Watts and beyond. Lecture on Jewish Los Angeles Series

Moderator for this event Michael Rothberg, and  sponsored by theUCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Funding Provided by 1939 Chair.

The event is cosponsored by the UCLA Department Comparative  Literature
UCLA Department of English,

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