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PITT IN ISRAEL new study abroad program



Upcoming Events

Wednesday January 17, 2018, 7 pm- 9 pm, Cathedral of Learning 407

Film:  “A Serious Man” with post-film discussion led by Religious studies majors Sarah Koros and Kenneth Wahrenberger

Thursday January 18, 2018, 5 pm- 6:30 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602

Anne Knowles (University of Maine)

Humanities Center Lecture:

“Telling Spatial Stories of the Holocaust”

Sunday January 21, 2018, 10 am-12 noon, at Tree of Life Congregation,

Justin Cammy (Smith College)

Community Lecture:

“When Yiddish Was Young”

Monday January 22, 2018, 12-1:30 pm, Cathedral of Learning 501

Justin Cammy (Smith)

Jewish Studies Colloquium:

“When Yiddish Was Dead: Challenges of Translating  Sutzkever's Memoir of the Vilna Ghetto”  

Bring a lunch; coffee and dessert provided

Thursday February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602

Samantha Baskind (Cleveland State University)

Jewish Studies Lecture:

“The Holocaust in Graphic Novels”

Tuesday, March 20,2018, 2:30 pm -3:45 pm, Location TBA

Marijke Brown (child Holocaust survivor and Pitt Social Work Alum)

Jewish Studies Lecture:

“A Hidden Child's Journey”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7 pm, Rodef Shalom Congregation

Author Conversation with Ruby Namdar, The Ruined House

Monday March 26, 2018, 4:30-6 pm, Cathedral of Learning 501

Armin Langer  (German activist)

Jewish Studies/Religious Studies Lecture and Conversation:

“Jewish-Muslim Alliances and Rivalries in Europe: My Experiences with the Salaam-Schalom Initiative, an Interfaith activist Group Standing for a Peaceful Co-existence between Jews, Muslims, and Allies”

Wednesday March 28, 2018, 7 pm, Rodef Shlalom Congregation

Author Conversation with Abigail Pogrebin, My Jewish Year  

Sunday April 8, 2018, time TBD, at Heinz History Center

Student research presentations “Jews and the City”

Monday April 9, 2018 4:30-6 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602

Andrew Porwancher  (University of Oklahoma)

Jewish Studies and History Department Colloguium:

"Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?”

Thursday April 26, 2018- Sunday May 6, 2018, Venues TBA

JFilm Festival:¬†Watch for “Film Schmoozes” -- post-film discussions led by Pitt faculty an guests. 

May 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Rodef Shalom Congregation

Author Conversation with Peter Gethers , My Mother’s Kitchen