Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization looks at Jews and crime
“Chronicling Jews and Crime: From Law-Makers to Law-Breakers” is the theme of the 34th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Oct. 23-24. Presentations will take place on the campuses of Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Omaha Jewish Community Center and the Beth El Synagogue.
All presentations are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events can be found here.
Nathan Abrams, professor in film from Bangor University in Bangor, Wales, will deliver the keynote address on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue located at 14506 California St.
Abrams will present “Cops and Criminals: Jews in Twenty-First Century Film and Television.” He will provide an illustrated discussion of 21st century representations of Jewish criminals and police in film and television, and in the process offer a historical and cultural context for recent popular-culture phenomena.
Presenters come from as far away as Israel and as near as Omaha, and there will be ample opportunities for the public to interact with the scholars during the two days of presentations.
Sunday’s events will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 132D of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska Omaha (6001 Dodge St.), and from noon to 5 p.m. in the Weissman Room of the Omaha Jewish Community Center (333 S. 132nd St.).
Monday’s presentations will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, Mutual of Omaha Ballroom, on the Creighton University campus.
The symposium is hosted by Creighton University’s Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and the University’s Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, along with the Harris Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Schwalb Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.