Special Lectures and Programs

Fall 2015

We look forward to seeing you!

Admission to all events is free except the Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture.
Seating is limited. Please call the Bennett Center to reserve your seats for free events at 
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2066 or email bennettcenter@fairfield.edu.


2015 Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence

js_gurock_15“American Jewry’s Historical and Contemporary Scoreboard”
Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock
, Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, Yeshiva University
Almost fifty years to the day since Sandy Koufax decided not to pitch in the World Series on Yom Kippur and was applauded by Jews and gentiles alike for his choice, Professor Gurock discusses how American Jewish participation and acceptance in the sports world is a useful medium for understanding this group’s changing status in America and the challenges a free society have posed for the maintenance of Jewish identity.
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center Presentation Room


Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

js_divahn_15Galeet Dardashti and Divahn —An Evening of Middle Eastern and Sephardic Music
Galeet Dardashti leads the New York-based renowned all-female power-house Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) ensemble, Divahn. The group has gained an international following with its fresh and fiery take on Jewish music: eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion, lush string arrangements and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic.
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. 
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts



js_whitfield_15Making America Harmonious: The Jewish Contribution to Popular Music”
Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield,
Max Richter Professor of American Civilization, Brandeis University
For over half a century, from the era of World War I until the era of the Vietnam War, American musical taste was unified around the contributions of Jewish songwriters who worked on Tin Pan Alley and then on Broadway and in Hollywood.  Never before and never again would a certain style of music be so universally popular. How it came to bear the signature of certain talented Jews, and how their own origins might be connected to their artistic success, will be analyzed and appreciated in this talk.
Monday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room


Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture

js_best_15“Donors Choose: Expanding the Possibilities of Education”
Charles Best,
Founder & CEO, DonorsChoose.org
Providing a simple way to address educational inequity, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization led by Charles Best in which public schoolteachers create classroom project requests and donors pick the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” Co-sponsored by Open VISIONS Forum.
Wednesday, November 18, 8 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
*Tickets: $45.
Please call the Quick Center Box Office for tickets at (203) 254-4010.


Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies

js_nelson_15“Germans Who Stood Up to Hitler: The Resistance Movements of Nazi Germany”
Anne Nelson
, author, former war correspondent, adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs
The history of anti-Nazi Germans was sadly distorted by Cold War politics, obscuring their deeds and their sacrifices. This talk will present some of the new research that is bringing these dramatic stories of courage and compassion to light. 
Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room