"350 Years of American Judaism in Popular Culture"

October 24 and 25, 2004

The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University The Norman & Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Creighton University
The Jewish Federation of Omaha

Generous support is also provided by:
Dorothy and Henry Riekes
The Creighton College of Arts and Sciences
The Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation Jewish Educational and Library Services (JELS)
The Henry Monsky Lodge of B’nai B’rith
Soul Desires Bookstore

Sunday, October 24, 2004

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Student Union


10:00 – 12:15

Session One

10:00 – 10:40

Judith Neulander, Case Western Reserve University
Tchotchkes: Reading Popular Objects as Cultural Texts

10:40 – 10:55


10:55 – 11:35

Steven Horowitz, University of Iowa
Absolutely Kosher Music: The Story of American Jews in Rock and Roll

11:35 – 12:15

Nora L. Rubel, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
“Muggers in Black Coats”: The Alleged Hijacking of American Judaism

12:15 – 1:45

Keynote Luncheon
Welcome Remarks:
Jean Cahan, Director, Harris Center for Judaic Studies

Jeffrey S. Gurock, Yeshiva University
The Crowning of a “Jewish Jordan”: Tamir Goodman, the American Sports Media, and Modern Orthodox Jewry’s Fantasy World

1:45 – 4:00

Session Three

1:45 – 2:25

Steven Alan Carr, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
Hollywood, the Holocaust, and World War II

2:25 – 3:05

Ben Furnish, University of Missouri-Kansas City
From Sholem Aleichem to Harvey Fierstein: Love Makes a Family – and History – in Jewish-American Performance

3:05 – 3:20


3:20 – 4:00

Dan W. Clanton, Jr., University of Denver
From Mr. Hankey to The Hebrew Hammer: Hanukkah in Pop Culture

Sunday, October 24, 2004
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Jewish Community Center
333 South 132nd Street

7:30 – 8:45       Keynote Address

Welcome Remarks:
Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., President, Creighton University
Zoe Riekes, President, The Jewish Federation of Omaha
Leonard J. Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization

Keynote Speaker:
Jenna Weissman Joselit Princeton University
“Harness My Zebras”: American Jews and Popular Culture in 20th Century America

8:45 – 9:30       Dessert Reception

All events are free and open to the public

Books available throughout the Symposium courtesy of Soul Desires Bookstore

For further information, please contact the Klutznick Chair office at 280-2303, or via e-mail at ljgrn@creighton.edu

Also, check our web site at http://www.creighton.edu/ccas/klutznick/.

Monday, October 25, 2004
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Creighton University Skutt Student Center

Parking available on Creighton campus

8:30 – 11:00

Session Five

8:30 – 8:45

Welcome Remarks: Christine Wiseman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Creighton University

8:45 – 9:25

Thomas A. Kuhlman, Creighton University
A Passion for Words for the Witty: S.J. Perelman, Jewish-American Satirist

9:25 – 9:40


9:40 – 10:20

Lynn Rapaport, Pomona College
Hang Hitler: The Three Stooges Take Potshots at Nazis

10:20 – 11:00

Lawrence Baron, San Diego State University
Projecting Prejudice: Depicting Anti-Semitism in American Movies

11:00 – 11:10


11:10 – 12:30

Session Six

11:10 – 11:50

G. Andrew Tooze, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
David of Hollywood: Israelite King or American Superhero?

11:50 – 12:30

Dereck Daschke, Truman State University
“Oh, Mama, Could This Really Be the End?” The Apocalyptic Bob Dylan

12:30 – 2:00

Keynote Luncheon

Welcome Remarks:
Timothy R. Austin, Dean, Creighton College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Hecht, University of California Santa Barbara
Do the Aliens Want Peace? The Middle East Conflict as Presented in American Tabloids