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April 12 – Jewish Memory and Culture: 1945-Present (A Graduate Student Conference)

Jewish Memory and Culture: 1945-Present

A Graduate Student Conference at


The Graduate Center, City University of New York


Room, 9204

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 USA


April 12, 2018



9:00 am, Room 9204


Opening Remarks

9:15 am, Jonathan Zisook and Rebecca Pollack

Panel I
9:30-11:00 am
Artistic and Cultural Representations in Poetry, Literature, and Music


Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach (University of Pennsylvania): “Form(ing) as Resistance, Reclaiming, and Witness – A Sonnet”


Roni Masel (NYU): “Rewriting Origins: Aaron Zeitlin’s Adaptation of the Esterke Legend before and after WWII”


Barrie Gelles (CUNY Graduate Center): “‘A Shtetl iz Amereke’: Representations of New York City Jewish Spaces in Broadway Musicals”


Daniel Bloch (CUNY Graduate Center): “‘I am dust from your wind’: Diasporic Identity in Three Songs by Jorge Drexler”



Panel II
11:15 am-12:45 pm

Politics and Theory across the Globe


Michael Rom (Yale): “The Cold War in the Brazilian Yiddish Press, 1950-1954”


Eva Gurevich (Brandeis): “The Morally-Blind Secular Prophets: Nathan Alterman and Moshe Shamir in the Land of Israel Movement After 1967”


Judah Isseroff (Princeton): “Hannah Arendt and her Stinging Jewish Critics”


Jonathon Catlin (Princeton): “The Holocaust in Theory: Re-Probing the Limits of Representation”


Lunch (for Graduate Students and participants)

12:50-1:50 pm, Room, 5414



Panel III
2:00-3:30 pm
The Holocaust and Jewish Memory


Myriam Gerber (Concordia University): “Amnesiac Sites of Memory: A Case Study of a ‘Forgotten’ Mass Grave in Germany”


Kimberly Cheng (NYU): “A House Is Not a Home: Encounters between Shanghai’s German Jewish Refugee Children and their Chinese Neighbors during WWII”


Rebecca Pollack (CUNY Graduate Center): “Rethinking the Counter-monument: Great Britain’s Planned National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center”

Jonathan Zisook (CUNY Graduate Center): “Between Ruin and Rededication: Polish Synagogues and the Jewish Space”




Panel IV
3:45-5:15 pm
American Jewish Culture, Religion, and History


Yitzchak Schwartz (NYU): “Remembering the Lower East Side in Jewish Academia, 1951- Present”


Eric Morgenson (SUNY Albany): “Benevolent Victimization: Comparing Jewish and African American Views of the Great Depression at the end of the Civil Rights Coalition 1963-1970”


Oskar Czendze (UNC-Chapel Hill): “Galitzianer and Neo-Galitzianer in America: Making a Homeland in the Virtual and Real”


Gabriel Weinstein (Brandeis): “Prayer Books for a New Paradigm: Gender and Jewish Particularity in Jewish Renewal Liturgy”

Panel V
5:30-6:30 pm
Navigating a Career in Jewish Studies


Moderator: Francesca Bregoli (CUNY Graduate Center)

Sara Reguer (CUNY Brooklyn College)

Paul Radensky (Museum of Jewish Heritage)

David Sclar (Princeton)


Final Remarks and Reception
6:30 pm