Fall 2012: Our most eventful semester yet

Wed, August 29, 2012
Fall 2012: Our most eventful semester yet

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies is teaming up with some of our favorite university partners to bring you a full slate of public programming this fall, including a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. And in conjunction with Texas Performing Arts, we’re presenting a three-day symposium on the contemporary resonance of Terezín, which will feature performances from world-class musicians and dancers, as well as lectures, a film screening, and a photography exhibit. Check out our highlights below and see our full event listings here.

1. James Shapiro and the Actors from the London Stage

The Department of English brings you a week of Shakespeare and Jewish studies. Literary critic James Shapiro will kick things off Sept. 28 with a lecture titled “Imagining Jews in Shakespeare’s England.” The following week, the five-person troupe Actors from the London Stage will present three performances of The Merchant of Venice in their trademark minimalist style.

2. Creativity in the Face of Death: The Contemporary Resonance of Terezín

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and Texas Performing Arts bring you a three-day symposium on the art and music created in Terezín, the “model ghetto” the Nazis designed as a sham showcase. We’ve booked a full slate of programming, much of it free, and all of it open to the public. Evening highlights include Daniel Hope and Friends, featuring world-class violinist Daniel Hope with piano accompaniment from renowned conductor Jeffrey Kahane, and a performance by Spectrum Dance Theater, choreographed by the inimitable Donald Byrd. And you won’t want to miss the opening night of Creativity in the Face of Death: Works by Loli Kantor and Dennis Darling, in which two of our favorite photographers display their images of Holocaust survivors and present-day Terezín. But that’s not all: daytime programming will include lectures from university professors, a film screening, and a visit from high school students affected by the art created in Terezín. For a full lineup of events, visit the Texas Performing Arts’s Terezín splash page, or explore our listings here.

3. Michael Chabon

In partnership with the Harry Ransom Center and the Michener Center for Writers, SCJS brings you an evening with Michael Chabon. Chabon, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, writes frequently about issues of Jewish identity. We’re pleased to present him in conversation on campus.

4. Student-Faculty Seminars

Each month, a Jewish Studies faculty member from UT or other universities present a free lunchtime lecture at Texas Hillel. UT’s own Madeline Sutherland-Meier brings you “The Sephardic Ballad Tradition” Oct. 16, while Alan Astro (Trinity University) will discuss “The Durability of Yiddish in Argentina” Nov. 13. Hillel friends Lucy’s European Cuisine will provide lunch. 

5. Various lectures

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies is committed to bringing noted Jewish Studies scholars to campus to deliver free, public lectures. This semester, we welcome Sheila Delaney (Emerita, Simon Fraser University), who will deliver the lecture “Bible, Jews, Revolution: The ‘pour et contre la bible’ (1801) of Sylvain Maréchal,” and Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University), who will present “Goy: Toward a Geneaology.”


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