Lectures

Lectures and Programs

Spring 2019

13171_ug_aca_center_bcjs_lecture_bob-hirsch_12062018 Samuel and Bettie Roberts Lecture in Jewish Art
“Ghosts: An Artistic Meditation on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism”

Robert Hirsch, artist and photographic historian, in conjunction with his exhibition on Jewish Children in France during the Shoah.
Wednesday, February 6
7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Co-sponsored with the Humanities Institute

 

13171_ug_aca_center_bcjs_lecture_dan-shapiro_12062018 2019 Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies
“U.S. – Israel Relations during the Obama and Trump Administrations: An Inside Look”

Daniel Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel (2011 – 2017), distinguished visiting fellow, Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies
Tuesday, March 26
7:30 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

 

13171_ug_aca_center_bcjs_lecture_carole-balin_12062018 13th Annual Lecture in Jewish and Christian Engagement
“Female Faith Leaders in Collaboration: Rabbis, Nuns, and Ministers for (nearly) 50 Years”

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD; Auburn Seminary, professor emerita of history HUC-JIR
Response by Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College
Thursday, April 4
7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies

 

13171_ug_aca_center_bcjs_lecture_betty-knoop_12062018 26th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service
Featured speaker: Betty Knoop, survivor of Westerbork & Bergen Belsen concentration camp

Wednesday, April 24
4:30 p.m.
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Co-sponsored with Campus Ministry

 

Previous Lectures and Programs

Fall 2018

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
Jacques Schwarz-Bart, jazz saxophonist and his quartet

Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts, Wien Experimental Theatre
LIMITED SEATING. Reservations required.

 

11676_js_bennett-center-lectures_walkowitz_07312018 Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies
“Looking for Bubbe: The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World in Heritage Tourism”

Daniel J. Walkowitz, PhD, emeritus professor of history and of social & cultural analysis at New York University, author of a dozen books, including The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World
Monday October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

11676_js_bennett-center-lectures_khan_07312018 Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture
“Defending Human Dignities”

Khizr Khan, lawyer and activist, founder of a pro bono project to provide legal services for families of men and women serving in the military and a newly released memoir, An American Family.
Wednesday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Open Visions Forum.
Call Quick Center Box Office to purchase tickets.

 

11676_js_bennett-center-lectures_epstien_07312018 Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies
“Is a Manuscript a Mirror? Reading Jewish History in Jewish Art”

Marc Michael Epstein, PhD, professor of religion and visual culture, director of Jewish studies, Vassar College, author of The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination
Monday, November 26, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Spring 2018

Richard Steigman Gall Judaic Studies Lecturer

“Star Spangled Fascism: The Past and Present of American Political Extremism”
Monday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall, Associate Professor of History, Kent State, author of The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Co-sponsored with the Judaic Studies Program

 

Ken Frieden Lecturer

Diane Feigenson Lecture in Jewish Literature
“Traveling to the Holy Land in Jewish Literature and Music”
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Ken Frieden, B.G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies, Syracuse University, author of Travels in Translation with musical performance on hammer dulcimer by Pete Rushefsky
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Chuck Todd Lecturer

Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies
“Politics and Jewish Identity in Today’s America”
Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, host of MTP Daily on MSNBC, and Political Director for NBC News
Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre
Tickets: $15 to be purchased from Quick Center Box Office

 

Esther Lecturer

Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service
Featured speaker: Esther Geizhals, survivor of Auschwitz & Bergen-Belsen
Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m.

Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Co-sponsored with Campus Ministry

 

Hayes Judaic Studies Lecturer

Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies
“Can We Laugh at God? Humor and Truth in Rabbinic Judaism”
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Christine Hayes, Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica, Yale University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Fall 2017 Events

‌Daniel Pearl World Music Days Program
Sunday, October 1, 4:00-6:30 p.m.


Film Screening, Q&A with David Broza, Israeli singer-songwriter and activist and Performance
SPOTLIGHT: DAVID BROZA, “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem”
Quick Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10 to be purchased from Quick Center Box Office, call (203) 254-4010.

Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center and the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County

 

‌Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence
Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.


“In Search of Abraham Joshua Heschel”
Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD, Mandel Provost, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, author of Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

‌Annual Jewish-Christian Engagement Lecture
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.


“Was Luther’s Jesus a Jew?”
Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest California Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology; Chair, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley. Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

‌Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture
Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.


“A Voice of Conscience: Uncovering Mass Murder from the Holocaust to Today”
Fr. Patrick Desbois, Commission for Relations with Judaism of the French Bishops' Conference; founder of Yahad-In Unum, an organization dedicated to locating sites of mass graves of Jews killed by German “Death Squads” during WWII. Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Open VISIONS Forum.
Kelley Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts
Call Quick Center Box Office to Purchase Tickets

 

‌Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture
Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.


“How American Jews Mobilized to Free Soviet Jewry: Lessons for Activism Today”
Dr. Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor of Sociology & Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University, Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan (2016)
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Spring 2017 Events

“Is the Movement to Boycott Israel Anti-Semitic?”
Dr. Gabriel Noah Brahm, co-editor, The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israeland Assoc. Professor of English, Northern Michigan University
Monday, February 27, 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Sponsored by Fairfield University’s Judaic Studies Program and the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

 

The Samuel and Bettie Roberts Lecture in Jewish Art
“Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin”
Painter Siona Benjamin, whose work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominately Hindu and Muslim India.
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Annual Jewish-Christian Engagement Event
“Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank”
Performed by Soprano, Arianna Zukerman and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies

 

Carl and Dorothy Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies
“Flight for Life: Jewish Heroism and the Creation of the Israeli Air Force”
Nancy Spielberg, documentary film maker and producer of “Above and Beyond,” the story of Jewish airmen who smuggled planes out of the U.S. to fight in Israel’s War of Independence.
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre

 

Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service
Featured speaker: Hungarian Holocaust survivor, Betty Deutsch
Monday, April 24, 4:30 p.m. Egan Chapel

 

Fall 2016 Events

Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence
Dr. Eric L. Goldstein, Associate Professor of History and Judith London Evans Director, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University
Monday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert: Sephardic Songs and Stories with Dan Saks
Dan Saks, the driving force behind the Jewish indie rock band DeLeon, transforms ancient Sephardic folk songs into a sound both brand new and centuries old.
Thursday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Wien Experimental Theatre at the Quick Center for the Arts

 

The Hidden Poetry of the Five Books of Moses
Dr. Jason Gaines, Biblical scholar, associate faculty member, College of the Holy Cross and Fairfield University, and author of The Poetic Priestly Source.
Thursday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

“Etty,” a one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman who died in Auschwitz in 1943.
Adapted and performed by actress/playwright Susan Stein.
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Wien Experimental Theatre at the Quick Center for the Arts

 

Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture
“Overcoming the Fear of Difference”
Timothy P. Shriver, activist, author and Chairman of Special Olympics
Wednesday, November 16, 8:00 p.m.
Kelley Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts
Co-Sponsored with Open VISIONS Forum

 

Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies
“Popular Anger or Planned Pogrom? What Really Happened During Kristallnacht 78 Years Ago”
Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor Emeritus, Hebrew-Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, historian, author.
Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Winter/Spring 2015

"Where Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in America"
Dr. Ted Merwin, Associate Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies, Dickinson College
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Funded in part by a gift from Shayle Robins

"Anti-Semitism in Europe Today"
David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"From Enemy To Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews"
Dr. John Connelly, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Co-sponsored with the Center for Catholic Studies

Judith Altmann, Guest Speaker, Czech Holocaust survivor of Bergen Belsen and Auschwitz
Monday, April 20, 2015

"Jewish Women and American Art"
Dr. Gail Levin, Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies
City University of New York
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fall 2014

‌"Creativity in the Midst of Catastrophe: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe"
Dr. Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History; director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
Monday‌, October 6, 2014

"Ye‌ntl: From Yeshiva Boy to Syndrome"
Dr. Pamela S. Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Professor of Women's and Gender History; chair, Department of History, American University
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

‌Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
Golem: A Klezmer rock band featuring Yiddish and Eastern European music with a contemporary edge
Monday, October 27, 2014

‌‌"A World without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide"
Dr. Alon Confino, professor of history, University of Virginia and Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Monday, November 20, 2015

"I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World's Children"
Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Wednesday, November 19, 2015
Co-sponsored with Open VISIONS Forum

"Whose Heroes? Hollywood Portrayals of the Bible"‌
Dr. Adele Reinhartz, professor of classics and religious studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
Wednesday, December 3, 2015

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