Calendar of Events


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lazare Bitoun, University of Paris 8

Title: From Casablanca to Paris via American/Jewish literature: A Multicultural Odyssey

Growing up in multicultural Casablanca in the fifties, Lazare Bitoun heard his first words in English when he was 7 years old, long after he had become familiar with the sounds in French, Arabic and Spanish. In this short talk he tells of how, following the events of 1956 and the return of King Mohammed V, his family moved to a small town in France, near an American air base, where he was first exposed to American literature and pop-culture. Forever straddling two or three identities, always socially out of place, he became a professor of foreign languages, an editor of foreign literature and a translator of American novels. He has translated several novels and essays by several prominent writers including Philip Roth, John Haskell, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Janet Malcolm, Jules Feiffer and Robert Cohen.

Abernethy reading room/Axinn center
4:30 PM


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A lecture by Carol Bakhos, UCLA

Title:  Sarah and Hager: Politicizing Abraham's Wives 

Associate professor of late Antique Judaism and Jewish Studies, Carol Bakhos is the author of, "The family of Abraham:  Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations"

Sonsored by the Religion department and the program in Jewish Studies (Aquinnah fund)

Abernethy Reading Room, Axinn center
4:30 PM


Thursday, October 9, 2014

A talk by the Israeli author, Asaaf Gavron

Title: The Hilltop Settlement: A Perspective from an Israeli author


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A lecture by Jonathan Price, Tel Aviv University

Title: "Time", "Cause" and Meaning in Greek and Jewish Historical Writing

Jonathan Price is a professor of Classics and Ancient History at Tel Aviv university and a fellow this fall at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In addition to books on Thucydides and Josephus, he has published dozens of articles and reviews on Greek and Roman history and historiography, as well as Jewish history, historiography and epigraphy of the Graceo-Roman period.  He also taught at Middlebury from 1987-90.

Sponsored by departments of Classics, Religion, History and the program in Jewish Studies (Aquinnah fund)

Axinn 229
4:30 PM


Thursday, October 30-Saturday, November 1, 2014

Robert Zukerman plays the lead role in the theater department's production of "Mendel Inc."  

Sponsored by the Middlebury College theater department and the program in Jewish Studies (the Aquinnah fund)

All performances will be in the Seeler theater at the Mahaney Center for the Arts
7:30 PM


Friday, October 31, 2014

Tamir Sorek, IGS colloquium

Robert A. Jones House
12:15 PM


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A lecture by Sammy Smooha, Haifa University

Title: How Western is Israel?

Sammy Smooha is among Israel's leading sociologists and an expert on Arab-Jewish relations

The contentious relationship between the Arab minority and Jewish majority in the state of Israel is rapidly developing into a critical issue.  The lecture will be of broad interest to students and faculty interested in the Middle East and Israel.

Sponsored by the program in Jewish Studies, Hebrew and International and Global Studies

Robert A. Jones House
4:30 PM


Program in Jewish Studies

Rebecca A. Bennette, Director
  Axinn Center at Starr library 333