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"The Jews of Eastern Europe"

For More Information:

Colleen Hastings
Creighton University
Hitchcock, Room 304D
2500 California Street
Omaha, NE 68178

(402) 280-2303

colleenhastings@creighton.edu

 

in conjunction with

The Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association

PROGRAM

The Sheraton Omaha Hotel, Omaha Jewish Community Center, and Creighton University

Special Programs:

On Saturday night, September 13, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, there will be a reception at the Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University for the photographic exhibit, “The Last Jews of Radauti (Romania),” photographs by Laurence Salzmann. Creighton shuttle buses will run between the Sheraton Hotel and Creighton University from 8:00pm and 11:00pm.

“My Grandparents’ Belarus: Journey Through a World Abandoned,” photographs by Joshua Eli Plaut, will be on display in the gallery at the Omaha Jewish Community Center. A reception will be held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, September 14, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2003
Creighton University

 

7:00pm-11:00pm

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION [Lied Art Gallery]
The Last Jews of Radauti (Romania)
Photographs by Laurence Salzmann

8:00pm-11:00pm

RECEPTION [Lied Art Gallery]  
(Creighton Shuttle to and from Sheraton/Lied, 8-11 p.m.)

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2003
Morning Sessions and Lunch at the Sheraton Omaha, 1615 Howard Street

 

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Amadeus (for guests registered at the Sheraton only)

8:30am-10:30am

SHOFAR EDITORIAL BOARD MEETING [Biltmore Room]

9:00am-12:00pm

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION [Amadeus]

9:00am-4:30pm

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

9:00am-10:30am

SESSION I

JEWISH INTELLECTUALS (KH-1) [Plaza-St. Francis Room]

Chair, Moshe Gershovich (University of Nebraska at Omaha)

Avraham Greenbaum (University of Haifa)
The Russian Rabbinate in the Years Before World War I

Abraham P. Socher (Oberlin College)
Aristotle and the Ostjuden: Philosophical Thought Among the First Generation of Eastern European Maskilim

10:30am-12:00pm

SESSSION II

JEWISH EDUCATION IN EASTERN EUROPE (KH-2) [Plaza-St. Francis]

Chair, Karen Levine (Creighton University)

Eliyana R. Adler (University of Maryland)

Enlightened Self-Interest: The Men and Women Who Opened Schools for Jewish Girls in Late Imperial Russia

Howard Lupovitch (Colby College)
Solomon Schechter’s Day School: Romanian Jews between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Culture

12:00pm-12:45pm

LUNCH [Amadeus]

1:00pm promptly

Creighton Shuttles to the Omaha Jewish Community Center


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Afternoon sessions at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd  Street

1:30pm-3:00pm

SESSION III

QUESTIONS OF IDENTITY AND DEFINITION IN THE STUDY OF EASTERN EUROPEAN JEWRY (KH-3) [Theater]

Chair, Richard S. Levy (University of Illinois at Chicago)

John Klier (University College London)
What Exactly Was the Pale of Settlement?

Brian Horowitz (Tulane University)
Jewish Stereotyping among the Russian Modernists: Anti-Semite Vasily Rozanov and the Jewish Menace

PHILOSOPHY AND HERMENEUTICS (MJSA-3A) [Community Room]

Chair, Eugene E. Selk (Creighton University)

Todd Lavin (Clarion University of Pennsylvania)
The End of the Book and the Beginning of Torah: On the Impact of Hermeneutics and Deconstruction on Scripture

Russell Jay Hendel (Towson University)
A Statistical Analysis of Rashi’s Use of Rarity

QUESTIONS OF MODERN JEWISH IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION (MJSA-3B) [Social Hall]

Chair, Steven Weiland (Michigan State University)

Jenni L. Schlossman (Omaha)
Jewish Artist: Jewish Art? Chaim Gross’s ‘The Jewish Holidays:’ A Lithographic Suite—A Forgotten Treasure in Omaha, Nebraska

Marat Grinberg (University of Chicago)
Russian Jewish Literary Discourse: History and Problematics

Mara W. Cohen Ioannides (Southwest Missouri State University)
‘But They’re JUST People’: Teaching Jewish American (Auto)biography  in a Jewishly Impoverished University

3:00pm-5:00pm

SESSION IV

DIMENSIONS OF RUSSIAN JEWRY (KH-4) [Theater]

Chair, Brian Horowitz (Tulane University)

Alina Orlov (University of Southern California)
Against Blending-In: Natan Altman’s Jewish Art of the 1910s

Andrey Bredstein (University of Texas)
N.-M. Shaykevitsh: Another Classic of Yiddish Theater?

Jeffrey Veidlinger (Indiana University)
Jewish Cultural Association in the Pale, 1905-1921


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3:00pm-5:00pm

SESSION IV continued

POLITICS AND IDENTITY (MJSA-4A) [Community Room]

Chair, Bette Novit Evans (Creighton University)

Joshua Shanes (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies)
The Transformation of Zionist Religious Rhetoric as Seen Through Its Yiddish-Language Propaganda: The Case of Galicia

Keely Stauter-Halsted (Michigan State University)
Modern Anti-Semitism in the Polish Countryside: Understanding the Origins of the 1898 Galician Pogroms

Richard S. Esbenshade (University of California, Santa Cruz)
The Radical Assimilated: Hungarian “Urbanists and Jewish Identity in the 1930s

Jeff Kleiman (University of Wisconsin)
The Good Soldier and His Daughter: Convergences of Eastern Front History and Holocaust Denial

JUDAISM AND MUSIC (MJSA-4B) [Social Hall]

Chair, Theodore Albrecht (Kent State University)

Theodore Albrecht (Kent State University)
From Beethoven to Wagner: Hornist Joseph Rudolph Lewy, 1802-1881

Susan M. Filler (Chicago)
The Politics and Priorities of Jewish Music Publishing in Eastern Europe

Eda Dobrovetsky (University of Haifa)
The Jewish Expression in Efrem Podgaits’ Works

Evening Program at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd Street

5:00pm-6:00pm

COCKTAIL RECEPTION [Gallery]

Sponsored by the Creighton College of Arts & Science

My Grandparents’ Belarus: Journey Through a World Abandoned

Photographs by Joshua Eli Plaut

6:00pm-7:30pm

DINNER [Auditorium]

7:30pm

WELCOMING REMARKS [Theater]

Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., President, Creighton University

Zoe Riekes, Vice-President & President-Elect, Jewish Federation of  Omaha

Dean Bell, President, Midwest Jewish Studies Association

Gerald Shapiro, Director, Harris Center for Judaic Studies

Leonard J. Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Seth L. Wolitz (University of Texas at Austin)
Moving to the Center of the Canvas:
The Creation of Modern Jewish Art

8:45pm

DESSERT RECEPTION [Gallery]

9:30pm (approx.)

Creighton shuttles to the Sheraton Hotel


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
Creighton University Skutt Student Center

6:30am-7:45am

Breakfast in Amadeus (for guests registered at the Sheraton only)

7:50  promptly

Charter bus departs to Creighton University from the Sheraton

8:15am

WELCOME [Ballroom East]
Christine Wiseman, Vice President for Academic Affairs

8:30am-2:00pm

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

8:30am-10:30am

SESSION V

POLITICS IN CONTEXT (KH-5) [Ballroom East]

Chair, Sue Crawford (Creighton University)

Theodore R. Weeks (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)
The Transformation of Jewish Vilne, 1881-1939

Kati Vörös (University of Chicago)
A Modern Blood Libel: Politics, Religion, and Violence in Hungary, 1882-83

Zev Garber (Los Angeles Valley College)
Vision of the Other: Auschwitz Convent Controversy
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FAITH TRANSFORMED THROUGH INTERRELIGIOUS ENCOUNTERS (MJSA-5A) [Room 104]

John Merkle (College of Saint Benedict)

Harold Kasimow (Grinnell College)

JUDAISM AND MASCULINITY (MJSA-5B) [Room 105]

Chair, Harry Brod (University of Northern Iowa)

Eric K. Silverman (DePauw University)
Contemporary Fatherhood and Parenting among American Jews: Ethnographic Vignettes and Popular Literature

Warren Rosenberg (Wabash College)
Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: Redrawing Jewish Masculinity

Leonard Greenspoon (Creighton University)
Not Always a Laughing Matter: Jews and Judaism in the Comic Strips

10:30am-12:00pm

SESSION VI

VARIETIES OF LITERATURE (KH-6) [Ballroom East]

Chair, Ronald A. Simkins (Creighton University)

Gary Rosenshield (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
The Representation of the Jew in the Work of Nikolai Gogol

Harriet Murav (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
New Jews: Literature from Birobidzhan

THE INTERSECTION OF JUDASM AND CHRISTIANITY IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE (MJSA-6A) [Room 104]

Chair, Peter Haas (Case Western Reserve University)

Doris Dirks (Western Michigan University)
‘They Gave Themselves Up to Impurity’: The Question of Blood and Descent for Conversos in Fifteenth Century Spain

Stephen Burnett (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Konrad Waldkirch: A Christian Printer of Judaica in Early Modern Basel (1597-1616)

Dean Phillip Bell (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies)
The Power of Lineage and Authentic Tradition in Early Modern Germany

JUDAISM IN DIALOGUE (MJSA-6B) [Room 105]

Chair, Mara W. Cohen Ioannides (Southwest Missouri State University)

Daniel Morris (Purdue University)
Tyagan Miller’s Covenant: A Photographic Dialogue Between Jews and Blacks

Shimon Shokek (Baltimore Hebrew University)
The Influence of Muhammad Al-Ghazzalli on Rabbi Bachya Ibn-Paquda’s Duties of the Heart

Elizabeth Loentz (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Karl Emil Franzo’s and Bertha Pappenheim’s Portraits of the (Eastern European Jewish) Artist

12:00pm-2:00pm

LUNCH AND MONDAY KEYNOTE [Ballroom West]

Chair, Timothy Austin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (Creighton University)

Steven Weiland (Michigan State University)
Jewish-American Autobiographers Encounter Eastern Europe

1:30pm-3:30 p.m.

Creighton shuttle vans to the airport (on the ½ hour, approximately)


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OVERVIEW OF SESSIONS

Pre-Conference Exhibition: Saturday, 7:00pm-11:00pm (Reception, 8:00pm-11:00pm) [Creighton University Lied Art Gallery]

I Sunday, 9:00am-10:30am (Sheraton Omaha)
KH-1: Jewish Intellectuals (Greenbaum, Socher) [Plaza-St. Francis Room]

II Sunday, 10:30am-12:00pm (Sheraton Omaha)
KH-2: Jewish Education in Eastern Europe (Adler, Lupovitch) [Plaza-St. Francis]

III Sunday, 1:30pm-3:00pm (Jewish Community Center)
KH-3: Questions of Identity and Definition in the Study of Eastern European Jewry (Klier, Horowitz) [Theater]
MJSA-3A: Philosophy and Hermeneutics (Lavin, Hendel) [Community Room]
MJSA-3B: Questions of Modern Jewish Identity and Expression (Schlossman, Grinberg, Cohen Ioannides) [Social Hall]

IV Sunday, 3:00pm-5:00pm (Jewish Community Center)
KH-4: Dimensions of Russian Jewry (Orlov, Bredstein, Veidlinger) [Theater]
MJSA-4A: Politics and Identity (Shanes, Stauter-Halsted, Esbenshade, Kleiman) [Community Room]
MJSA-4B: Judaism and Music (Albrecht, Filler, Dobrovetsky) [Social Hall] Photographic Exhibition and Reception: Sunday, 5:00pm-6:00pm (Jewish Community Center) [Gallery] Keynote Address Sunday, 7:30pm (Jewish Community Center) Moving to the Center of the Canvas: The Creation of Modern Jewish Art (Wolitz) [Theater]

V Monday, 8:30am-10:30am (Creighton University)
KH-5: Politics in Context (Weeks, Vörös, Garber) [Ballroom East]
MJSA-5A: Faith Transformed through Interreligious Encounters (Merkle, Kasimow) [Room 104]
MJSA-5B: Judaism and Masculinity (Silverman, Rosenberg, Greenspoon) [Room 105]

VI Monday, 10:30am-12:00pm (Creighton University)
KH-6: Varieties of Literature (Rosenshield, Murav) [Ballroom East]
MJSA-6A: The Intersections of Judaism and Christianity in Early Modern Europe (Dirks, Burnett, Bell) [Room 104]
MJSA-6B: Judaism in Dialogue (Morris, Shokek, Loentz) [Room 105]

Keynote Address Monday, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Creighton University) Jewish-American Autobiographers Encounter Eastern Europe (Weiland) [Ballroom West]

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INDEX OF PARTICIPANTS

Adler, Eliyana R.
Albrecht, Theodore
Austin, Timothy
Bell, Dean Phillip
Bredstein, Andrey
Brod, Harry
Burnett, Stephen
Cohen Ioannides, Mara
Crawford, Sue
Dirks, Doris
Dobrovetsky, Eda
Esbenshade, Richard S.
Evans, Bette Novit,
Filler, Susan M.
Garber, Zev
Gershovich, Moshe
Greenbaum, Avraham
Greenspoon, Leonard
Grinberg, Marat
Haas, Peter
Hendel, Russell Jay
Horowitz, Brian
Kasimow, Harold
Kleiman, Jeff
Klier, John

Lavin, Todd
Levine, Karen
Levy, Richard S.
Loentz, Elizabeth
Lupovitch, Howard
Merkle, John
Morris, Daniel
Murav, Harriet
Orlov, Alina
Rosenberg, Warren
Rosenshield, Gary
Schlossman, Jenni L.
Selk, Eugene E.
Shanes, Joshua
Shapiro, Michael
Shokek, Shimon
Silverman, Eric K.
Simkins, Ronald A.
Socher, Abraham P.
Stauter-Halsted, Keely
Veidlinger, Jeffrey
Vörös, Kati
Weeks, Theodore R.
Weiland, Steven
Wolitz, Seth L.


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CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Our Sincere Thanks to the Following for Making This Event Possible:
The Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation
Dorothy and Henry Riekes
The Jewish Federation of Omaha
The Creighton College of Arts and Sciences
The Midwest Jewish Studies Association
The Henry Monsky Lodge of B’nai Brith
The Dr. Bruce S. Bloom Memorial Endowment
The Creighton Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Soul Desires Book Store

Sponsoring Organizations:
The Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization was established in 1988, the centennial year of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The chair was established to provide an outstanding program in Jewish civilization with educational and cultural enrichment for Omaha’s Jewish community. Philip M. Klutznick, who with his wife, Ethel, established the Klutznick Chair, graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 1930. Considered a world leader in Jewish affairs, Mr. Klutznick served on Creighton’s first board of directors, received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Creighton in 1956, and was awarded Creighton’s highest honor, the Manresa Medal, in 1979. Mr. Klutznick died in 1999; his generous legacy continues in the activities of the Chair and annual symposium. Dr. Leonard J. Greenspoon, professor of classics and near Eastern studies and theology, has held the Klutznick Chair since 1995.

The Norman & Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was founded in 1991 with the aims of educating the people of the Great Plains region about Jewish civilization and the nature and history of anti-Semitism as well as of promoting understanding between Jews and non-Jews. Since its inception, it has become a vibrant center of academic activity and public programming, offering some twenty courses in the fields of history, literature, philosophy and religious studies, psychology, and political science. Public lectures, such as the annual Krivosha and Wald lectures, regularly attract large audiences and deal with such topics as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish-Christian dialogue, and problems of social discrimination. Dr. Gerald Shapiro, professor of English, currently serves as director; Dr. Jean Axelrad Cahan was director during the first symposium held jointly with Creighton.

The Creighton Center for the Study of Religion and Society, established in 1988, exists to promote scholarly activity in the form of research, publication, conferences, seminars, symposia, fora, and lectures. Its primary audience is the academic community, but its scholarship is available to all who seek it. Although Creighton University is a Jesuit Catholic university, the Center is not limited to any particular faith, time, or place. It encourages the study of all religious groups and beliefs among the various people of the world, past and present, in order to encompass the diversity of interest in the field and to encourage the widest possible comparative perspective. The Center director is Dr. Ronald A. Simkins, associate professor of theology and classical and near eastern studies.

The Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) is a broad and interdisciplinary non-profit organization. It brings together scholars of Jewish and non-Jewish background in a synergistic effort to generate energy, talent, ideas and resources. The MJSA is designed to facilitate scholarship and pedagogy and offer other valuable resources and services for individuals involved in Jewish Studies at the college and university levels. The MJSA holds an annual conference at different colleges and universities around the Midwest. Dr. Dean Bell, Spertus College, is MJSA president.

The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies was founded at Case Western Reserve University through an endowment grant from the Samuel Rosenthal Foundation. It was established in 1996 to broaden the scope of CWRU’s Jewish Studies curriculum and to strengthen interest in Judaic Studies on campus and throughout the local, national, and international communities. To this end, the Center supports a variety of initiatives, including visiting professorships, guest lectures, student scholarships and prizes, Hebrew language instruction, symposia, and acquisition of library materials. Dr. Peter Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Chair of Religious Studies, serves as the Center's director.

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