Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

Fifteen years ago the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara received a gift from the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation which is enabling us to bring to our campus leading writers, artists, scholars, critics, and activists engaged in work of great distinction related to the Jewish experience.

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies were inaugurated with appearances by Art Spiegelman (Fall, 1997), Leah Rabin (Winter, 1998), and Rabbi Michael Lerner (Spring, 1998). Since then our featured guests have included Steven Katz (Fall, 1998), Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg (Spring, 1999), Amos Oz (Fall, 2000), Thomas Friedman (Fall, 1999), Theatre Company Jerusalem (Winter, 2000), The Jerusalem Trio (Fall, 2000), Morris Dees (Fall, 2000), David Shipler (Winter, 2001), Ruth Gruber (Fall, 2001), A.B. Yehoshua (Winter, 2002), Elie Wiesel (Spring, 2002), Tom Segev (Winter 2003), Jacques Derrida (Fall 2003), Moshe Idel (Spring, 2004), Ambassador Dennis Ross (Fall, 2004), Aaron David Miller (Winter, 2005), Jonathan Sarna (Spring 2005), Yossi Klein Halevi (Fall 2005), Bernard-Henri Lévy (Spring, 2006), Rabbi Daniel Gordis (Fall, 2006), Judea and Ruth Pearl (Winter, 2007), Saul Friedlander (Spring, 2007), Michael Oren (Fall 2008), James Carroll (Winter 2008), Nathan Englander (Spring 2008), Allegra Goodman (Spring, 2008), David Grossman (Fall 2008), Rabbi David Saperstein (Winter, 2009), Rabbi Reuven Firestone (Spring, 2009), David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari (Fall, 2009), Anita Diamant (Fall, 2009), Ethan Bronner (Winter 2010), Michael Fishbane (Spring 2010), Ian Buruma (Spring 2010), Norman H. Gershman (Spring 2010), Moshe Halbertal and Raghida Dergham (Fall 2011), and Sue Fishkoff (Fall 2011).

In 1998-99, we began screening films such as The Shoah Foundation's Academy Award-winning documentary, The Last Days, which chronicles the experiences of five Holocaust survivors who lived in Hungary, Amir Bar-Lev's Fighter which garnered numerous film festival awards for its portrait of two old friends engaged in an original and unorthodox exploration of the Holocaust, the Emmy Award winning documentary, Promises, which explores the Middle East Conflict through the lives of seven Palestinian and Israeli children from Jerusalem, and Seeds, which offers an intimate and candid glimpse of the incredible experiences of young leaders from four conflict regions who meet at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine.  Since then we have regularly previewed documentaries which were just entering the film festival circuit before their commercial release, such as Four Seasons Lodge with an appearance by photographer Rick Nahmias, Constantine’s Sword with an appearance by Boston Globe journalist James Carroll, The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl with an appearance by Judea and Ruth Pearl, God’s House with an appearance by fine art photographer Norman Gershman, and And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseillewith an appearance by Pierre Sauvage.

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a program of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, is cosponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Department of Religious Studies, Congregation B’nai B’rith, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Hillel.

2010-2011
Samuel Heilman, Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies, Graduate Center, CUNY
The Rebbe and The Resurgence of Orthodox Judaism
Sunday, May 8 / 3:00 p.m. / Free and Followed by Reception
UCSB MultiCultural Center

In Commemoration of Yom HaShoah
Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
 “The Eichmann Trial”
Sunday, May 1 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

Marek Halter, International Best-selling Novelist, Filmmaker, and Human Rights Activist
 “The Jewish Odyssey: An Illustrated History”
Sunday, March 6 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala Street

Judy Klitsner, Senior Faculty Member, Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem
 “The Tent, the Field, and the Battlefield: How the Stories of Biblical Matriarchs Mine and Undermine Each Other”
Sunday, February 6 / 8:45 a.m. Breakfast/  $5
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Road
Cosponsored with Sunday Morning Live

Pierre Sauvage,  Documentary Filmmaker of Weapons of the Spirit
 “America and the Holocaust”
Tuesday, January 18 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

Sue Fishkoff, National Correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
"Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority"
Thursday, November 18 / 7:30 p.m. / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

Moshe Halbertal, Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Hebrew University
Raghida Dergham, columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent, Al-Hayat
“Achieving a Two-State Solution”
Sunday, October 17 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Corwin Pavilion

Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Russell Steinberg, composer/pianist
Mitchell Newman, LA Philharmonic violinist
"Stories From My Favorite Planet"
Monday, October 11 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
Geiringer Hall, UCSB Department of Music

2009-2010

Ian Buruma, Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy,  Human Rights & Journalism, Bard College,  NY
“The Muslim Scare in Europe: Hysteria or Threat”
8:00 p.m. / Tuesday, May 11 / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall
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Norman H. Gershman, fine art photographer
“Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII”
3:00 p.m. / Sunday, April 11 / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall
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Michael Fishbane, Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Chicago Divinity School
“Sacred Attunement: Judaism and the Cultivation of Mindfulness in the Everyday”
7:30 p.m. / Tuesday, March 2 / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista
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Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, The New York Times
“Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in 2010: A Report from the Ground”
8:00 p.m. / Monday, February 8 / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall
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Harold M. Schulweis, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
“Judaism as a World Religion in a Global Universe”
Sunday, December 6, 2009 / 8:45 a.m.  / $5.00 Admission to Breakfast and Talk
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara

An Evening with Anita Diamant
8:00 p.m. / Thursday, November 12, 2009 / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall
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David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Ghaith al-Omari, Advocacy Director for the American Task Force on Palestine
"How America Can Bring Arabs and Israelis Together Towards Peace and Coexistence"
Wednesday, Oct. 21 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall
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2008-2009

Rabbi Reuven Firestone
Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies,
Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
“Who Are the Real Chosen People?
The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

In Commemoration of Yom HaShoah
Four Seasons Lodge
Screening Followed by Panel Discussion Featuring
local Holocaust survivors, Stan Ostern and Edith Ostern,
and photographer Rick Nahmias moderated by Dr. Richard Hecht
3:00 p.m. / Sunday, April 19, 2009 / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

Rabbi avid Saperstein
Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism,
Washington, DC
“Being the Hands of God: Jewish Perspectives on America’s Social Justice Agenda”
Sunday, March 22, 2009 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
Victoria Hall, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara
Co-presented with the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics,
Religion and Public Life at UCSB as part of its “Progressive Religious
Voices: Changing Priorities and Shifting Alliances” Lecture Series.

Dr. Peter Edelman
Former President of the Board of the New Israel Fund and
Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
Thursday, March 5, 2009 / 8:00 a.m. / Free
Mesa Room, Canary Hotel
31 West Carrillo, Santa Barbara

Robert S. Wistrich
Director, The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Confronting Antisemitism in the 21st Century”
Monday, February 23, 2009 / 7:30 p.m. / Free
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara

Paula Fredriksen
Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston University and author of
From Jesus to Christ and Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
“‘All Israel will be Saved’: Paul and Augustine on the Redemption of the Jews”
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Corwin Pavilion

“An Evening with David Grossman”
Internationally acclaimed author of Smile of the Lamb,
Yellow Wind, Sleeping on a Wire, The Zig-Zag Kid,
Be My Knife
and Someone to Run With
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 / 7:30 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

Diane Ackerman
Bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses and
An Alchemy of Mind and recipient of the 2008 Orion Book Award
for her latest book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story”
Sunday, October 19 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

2007-2008
SoulAviv -- Music with Jewish Soul
Daniel Pearl World Music Days for 2008
The Daniel Pearl Foundation
Thursday, October 16 / 7:30 p.m. / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

Allegra Goodman
Award-winning author of Intuition, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls  
Monday, May 26, 2008 / 7:30 p.m. / Free 
Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara 

Nathan Englander
Bestselling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges 
“The Ministry of Special Cases” 
Monday, April 14, 2008 / 8:00 p.m. / Free 
Victoria Hall, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara

Sandy Tolan 
author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East and  
Visiting Professor of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Communication 
“One Land, Two Peoples: Sixty Years of the Israel-Palestine Tragedy” 
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 / 8:00 p.m. / Free 
UCSB Campbell Hall

James Carroll 
Op-Ed columnist for the Boston Globe and author of several  
award-winning books, including Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews 
“The Disputation: Christians Arguing with Christians about the Jews” 
Thursday, February 7, 2008 / 8:00 p.m. / Free  
UCSB Campbell Hall

Alison Owings
author of FRAUEN: German Women Recall the Third Reich
“German Women Recall the Third Reich: Recording Their History”
Monday, January 28, 2008 / 5:30 p.m. / Free
Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
This event is supported, in part, through a Program Grant from the
Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara

Constantine’s Sword  
(Oren Jacoby, 2006, 95 mins.) 
New feature-length documentary about James Carroll
by the director of the Oscar-nominatedfilm, Sister Rose’s Passion 
Sunday, January 20, 2008 / 3:00 p.m. / Free  
UCSB Campbell Hall  

Michael B. Oren
author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the MIddle East, 1776 to the Present
and Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East 
“Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East” 
Sunday, December 9, 2007 / 3:00 p.m. / Free 
Victoria Hall, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara 

Gershom Gorenberg
A
uthor of The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount
and The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967–1977 
“The Struggle for the Temple Mount” 
Sunday, October 21, 2007 / 3:00 P.M. / Free 
UCSB Corwin Pavilion 

2006-2007

Tenth Anniversary Events

Daniel Gordis
Award-winning author and Vice President, Mandel Foundation, Israel
“Coming Together, Coming Apart: A Memoir of Heartbreak and Promise in Israel”
Sunday, October 22 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB

Multi-Media Musical Presentation
Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Children of a Vanished World with selections from White Rose
Produced and directed by Judy Kopelow
Thursday, November 9 / 8:00 p.m. / $8 UCSB students and $12 general
UCSB Campbell Hall

Robert B. Alter
Class of 1937, Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Author of The Art of Biblical Narrative and
translator of Genesis and The Five Books of Moses
"The Bible Through Literary Eyes"
Wednesday, January 17 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl
Narrated by Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent, CNN
(Ahmed A. Jamal and Ramesh Sharma, 2006, 79 min.)
With Special Appearance by Judea Pearl, President, The Daniel Pearl Foundation
Sunday, February 4 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

Amy-Jill Levine
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies
The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University
“The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus”
Monday, March 19 / 7:30 p.m. / Free
Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara

Inaugural Event for UCSB Holocaust Remembrance Week
Saul Friedlander
1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies, UCLA
“Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945”
Sunday, April 15 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

Jonathan Judaken
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Jews in Crisis? Antisemitism in France Today”
Sunday, May 6, 2007 / 3:00 p.m. / Free
Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara

Larry Garber
Executive Director & CEO of the New Israel Fund
“Post Hava-Nagila: Defining a New Relationship with Israel”
Tuesday, May 29 / 7:30 p.m. / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

2006-2007
SEEDS
(Marjan Safinia and Joseph Boyle, 2004, 89 minutes)
Sunday, October 23 / 3:00 P.M. / Free
UCSB Campbell Hall

Yossi Klein Halevi
Contributing editor and Israel correspondent for The New Republic
"Dismantling the Settlements: Road Map to Peace?"
Wednesday, November 9 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

Mark Mirsky
Department of English, City University of New York
"Jewish Myth and Contemporary Fiction"
Wednesday, January 18 / 4:00 p.m. / Free
6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UCSB

Jon D. Levenson
Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University
"The Conversion of Abraham to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"
Wednesday, January 25 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
Victoria Hall, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara

KEEP NOT SILENT
(Ilil Alexander, 2004, 52 mins.)
Winner of Israeli Oscar for Best Documentary
Tuesday, February 28 / 8:00 p.m. / Free
UCSB MultiCultural Center
With Special Appearance by Pamela T. Rosenberg, Executive Producer


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