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jewish studies

2009 Fall semester

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
7:30 p.m., Devlin Hall 101

Maxim D. Shrayer reads from and discusses his new collection of short stories, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam. He is introduced by Dwayne E. Carpenter.

“This intricate, thoughtful collection explores the inexorable complexities of relationships and religion.... Shrayer’s eight delicate stories trace his characters’ diverse struggles against the limits of tradition and culture.”--"Booklist"

Free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the reading.
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2007 Fall semester


Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration
Maxim D. Shrayer
Wednesday November 28, 7:30 p.m.
View lecture: Waiting for America (Requires Real Player)

Boisi Center Conference

Gambling in American Culture (no video)
Dwayne Carpenter
Read Boston Globe

2007 Spring semester


Erotic Spirituality and the Book of Jonah
T. A. Perry, famed biblical critic, author, and literary scholar.
April 19, 4:30 p.m.

2006 Spring semester

Spring Salon

Jewish Literature and Its Place in World Culture
Sunday, February 5, 3:00 p.m.


A Monstrous Case: the Holocaust, Soviet Jewish Writers, and the Fate of the
Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee

Joshua Rubenstein
Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.


Jewish Writers in Latin America
Dalia Feldman
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.

Writers Among Us

Boston College Readings
David Shrayer-Petrov and Maxim D. Shrayer
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

2005 Fall semester

The Jewish Studies Program would like to express its sincere gratitude to The New Center for Arts and Culture for generously co-sponsoring and supporting the numerous programs offered at Boston College during this “Season of Contemporary Salons.”

Art Exhibit

The Power of Conversation (no video)
Jewish Women and Their Salons Exhibit from the Jewish Museum, New York
August 22 - December 4


A Single Bright Beam Music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn (no video)
Featuring the Trio in D Minor by Fanny Mendelssohn performed by Sandra Hebert, piano; Kirsi Perttuli, violin; Junko Simons, cello.
Sunday, September 25, 2:00 p.m.


The Nasty Girl; Part One (no video)
“Transforming Lives: Women in Focus”
Discussion following screening, with director Anna Rosmus
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.


Dictionary Days (no video)
Ilán Stavans, author and Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Fall Salon

Jewish Civilization and its Place in the World (no video)
Sunday, October 2, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Funny, They Don’t Look Jewish: Confusing Converts in Medieval Spain
Dwayne E. Carpenter
Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.


Affirmation, Indifference, Assimilation:
Identity Choices of Jewish Salonieres and of Jews Today

Participants: Moderator, Gail Reimer, Founding Director, Jewish Women’s Archive; Emily Braun, Co-curator, “The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons” Deborah Hertz, Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies, University of California, San Diego
Thursday, October 27, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.


Gertrude Stein: Woman of Faith?
Catharine R. Stimpson, author, University Professor, and Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NY University
Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

17th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

Over 50 motion pictures on Jewish themes from 16 countries around the world. In addition, scores of artists from Israel, France, Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere will participate.
November 2 - 13


“Trembling Before G-d”: An Evening of Film and Conversation with Director Sandi DuBowski Presented by The Boston College Hillel, in conjunction with: Allies; GLBT Leadership Council, Lesbian and Gay Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association; and the Film Studies Program. “Built around intimately-told personal stories of gay or lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality.... Ultimately, they are forced to question how they can pursue truth and faith in their lives.... Trembling Before G-d is an international project with global implications that strikes at the meaning of religious identity and tradition in a modern world.... What emerges is a loving and fearless testament to faith and survival and the universal struggle to belong.”
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.