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Remembering Victims of the Holocaust with concentration camp survivor Clemens C.J. Roothaan Ph.D., Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, May 6

Remembering Victims of the Holocaust

with concentration camp survivor

Clemens C.J.  Roothaan Ph.D.

Friday, May 6th at 8:30 PM

Rohr Chabad Jewish Center

5700 S. Woodlawn Ave

Clemens C.J. Roothaan was born in 1918 in Nijmegen, Holland.   As part of a non Jewish Dutch Resistance group, during World War II he was detained as a prisoner of war camp and then sent for a year to a concentration camp in Vught (Holland) and then sent to Sachsenhausen, outside of Berlin.  As the allies approached and the camp was shut down, Clemens was sent on a death march with the other inmates.

Clemens C.J. Roothaan is the Louis Block Professor Emeritus of Physics and Chemistry at theUniversity of Chicago and creator of the Roothaan Equations.

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Competition for Jewish Studies Courses, Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, UChicago, Submission Deadline January 26

Graduate Student Teaching Opportunity:

Jewish Studies Courses at the Graham School

2011-2012 Competition

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, in cooperation with the Graham School of General Studies, is pleased to announce its first competition for Jewish Studies courses to be taught at the Graham School (at the Gleacher Center) in 2011-12.   The Graham School offers an array of open enrollment non-credit courses in the liberal arts for adult students; for examples of current courses, see  The Center for Jewish Studies will oversee three such courses on topics in Jewish Studies, to be taught by University of Chicago Ph.D. students, one in each quarter of the academic year 2011-12.

Each course meets for a total of 20 hours per quarter; usually they are taught over eight weeks, each meeting lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are contingent on minimal enrollment (typically six students). Each student teacher will be assigned a faculty mentor who will work with her on her syllabus and oversee her teaching.

Eligibility: University of Chicago Ph.D. students in all Divisions and Schools are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be admitted to candidacy at the time of application.

Topics:  Any subject relating to Jewish history, culture, thought, and language, from the Bible to contemporary Israel studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish literature in translation.  These courses should be geared to lecture and discussion; there is no grading and student preparation is usually limited to close reading of texts.  Courses need not be introductory surveys but they should not be specialized research seminars based on dissertation chapters.

Application: Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of the application. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to

There will be an information meeting for potential applicants with a representative of the Graham School in early January. Details will be forthcoming.

The application materials must include:

1. CCJS Course Cover Sheet

2. Course title, a one paragraph description, and the draft of a syllabus

3. Current CV

4. E-mail from the student’s departmental Chair of Graduate Studies stating that the student is in good standing and has been admitted to candidacy.

5. The names of two faculty referees

Salary: The Graham School pays graduate student lecturers $1300.  The Center for Jewish Studies will supplement this salary with research grants of $700 that can be used for any research expense (from books to travel).

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Jewish-Muslim Community Building Fellowship, Deadline: August 31

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) is seeking applications from interested candidates with a ‘strong Muslim or Jewish background’ for its 2010-11 year long Jewish-Muslim Community Building fellowship. The fellowship includes a modest stipend. For more information, please read the information from their flyer below:

and here is the second page of the JCUA announcement:

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Call for Papers: Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino – Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions, Abstract Deadline: September 15

Call for Papers
Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino: Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions

The editors of this proposed volume seek papers that look at Kurban Said’s novel Ali und Nino (1937) from a wide range of perspectives and approaches (e.g., literary and cultural studies, linguistics, Jewish studies, gender studies, philosophy and religion) and that reflect on the text’s usefulness in the classroom from linguistic and content perspectives. Our aim is to provide a broad companion to Kurban Said’s text that helps its readers to understand the many different possible scholarly approaches and the heterogeneous readings different frameworks make possible.

Since the publication of Tom Reiss’s 1999 essay ‘The Man from the East’ (The New Yorker, October 4, 1999: 68‐83) and his subsequent book The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (New York: Random House, 2005), much more has come to light about Ali und Nino’s author. ‘Kurban Said,’ an alias of Lev Nussimbaum (1905‐1942), grew up in a Jewish household in Baku, Azerbaijan, converted to Islam and then fled to Berlin to work as a journalist and expert on the Orient under the name Essad Bey in the 1920s and 1930s. Interest in Lev Nussimbaum’s life and texts sparked by Tom Reiss’s journalistic work has led to the republication of Ali und Nino in German and English. Set in Baku around 1917, Ali und Nino tells the love story between a young Arab, Muslim man Ali and a
young Georgian, Christian woman Nino. Not only is the novel a rare example of early Germanophone literature written by a multilingual speaker from outside of the German‐speaking world, but it also takes up cultural constructions of the Orient and Occident long before Edward Said’s seminal Orientalism published in 1978. Yet, despite recent interest in the author and the book’s ability to thematize modern debates and discussions of culture, virtually no scholarly literature on Ali und Nino exists. The proposed volume seeks to change this by inviting scholars from all kinds of different backgrounds to shed their light on Ali und Nino. Themes and topics to explore may include, but are not limited to:

• East‐West dialogues
• Cultural clash(es)
• Tradition and modernity
• Religion and identity
• Love and affect
• Youth and coming of age
• Authorship and attribution
• Multilingualism

The editors envision papers solicited not just as academic exercises, but also welcome approaches that emphasize the text’s relevance for teaching literature in a culturally heterogeneous classroom. For the classroom, Said’s engaging narrative style and the book’s interesting thematic focus make the novel an accessible and relevant text for students of German to engage with linguistically and intellectually. The novel also promises teachers and students opportunities for rich dialogue about modern‐day issues. Please contact us as soon as possible, if you are interested in contributing to this volume so that we can have a preliminary discussion about the scope of your paper.

Deadline for 400‐word abstract: September 15, 2010
Deadline for final version of essay: August 15, 2011

Please e‐mail your materials to both editors:

Cori Crane, Asst. Professor ( & Carl Niekerk, Assoc. Professor ( Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign 2090 Foreign Language Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

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Chicago Jewish Festival, June 13

Chicago Jewish Festival
11am-6pm Saturday June 13
St. Paul Woods , Morton Groove

The 2010 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival marks 30 years since the first festival.  It continues to feature three stages of music, dance and storytelling; a family stage; a Kosher Food Fair; an Art Fair and Organization Fair. KFAR is an organizational sponsor of the Jewish Festival.
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Slavic Colloquium: “Schulz avec Benjamin: the Mythical versus the Messianic,” Adam Lipszyc, May 17

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Jewish Studies

“Schulz avec Benjamin: the Mythical versus the Messianic,” by Adam Lipszyc (Warsaw University)

Time: 4:30pm, Monday, May 17
Location: Foster 103 (1130 E. 59th Street)

Reception to follow.

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One-year Postdoc Position in Jewish Studies, Ohio University, Deadline: May 20

Ohio University invites applicants for a one-year postdoctoral teaching fellowship in Jewish Studies/Jewish History. Research specialization is open. Successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his or her field but covering a broad chronological range, as well as a core course in Jewish Studies. They will also contribute to the development of a growing Jewish Studies Certificate program. Ph.D. expected by September 2010. We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Send letter of application by May 20, 2010, vita, three recent letters of reference and any supporting teaching materials including teaching evaluations, to Professor Marvin Fletcher, Jewish Studies Search, Department of History, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979.

Applicants must submit quick application at

The successful candidate will be required to complete Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Department website:

Original posting:

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“German and Hebrew: Histories of a Conversation,” International Conference at UChicago, April 15-16

German and Hebrew: Histories of a Conversation

An International Conference at the University of Chicago

Thursday, April 15, 9:30-4:30, Classics 110
Friday, April 16, 9:30-4:30, Rosenwald 405


Michael Brenner (University of Munich): “From Haskalah to Hashmadah: Hebrew Traces in Germany from Mendelssohn to Eichmann and Beyond”

Thursday, April 15, 5:30, Fulton Hall

Followed by Cabaret Performance by the New Budapest Orpheum Society.


Maya Barzilai (University of Michigan), Michal Ben-Horin (University of Florida), Amir Eshel (Stanford University), Abigail Gillman (Boston University), Michal Govrin (Jerusalem), Nitzan Lebovic (Van Leer Institute), Vivian Liska (Antwerp), Sebastian Wogenstein (University of Connecticut)

For conference schedule and more details go to:

The aim of this conference is to expand our understanding of the intersection of German and Jewish culture by emphasizing the extensive cultural production on the German-Jewish and German-Israeli fault lines and putting the dialogue between the two languages and literatures – German and Hebrew – at the center. This is an interdisciplinary project that draws on fields such as Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Comparative Politics and Anthropology. Germans, Jews and Israelis turn to translation, borrowing, adaptation and exchange between the two languages and literatures for widely different reasons at different times; moreover, none of the different categories – Germans, Jews, Hebrew or German speakers, Israelis – is inherently stable, and they overlap in multiple senses. But a comprehensive mapping of this uneven topography is yet to be undertaken, and there is much to learn from it.

This conference is made possible by the support of the Urlrich and Harriet Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Franke Institute of Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Norman Wait Harris Fund at the Center for International Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities.

Conference Organizer: Na’ama Rokem, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Contact Adam Stern,, for details

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Chicago Center for Jewish Studies: Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust, April 8

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies


The 2010 Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture in Memory of the Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold

Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust
Thursday April 8, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Fulton Recital Hall
5845 S. Ellis Avenue

Admission is free but registration is required.

To register or if you need special assistance, please contact Daniel Hantman at or (773) 702-7108.

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Scholarships available for “Jewish Studies–History of Cultures of the Jews,” University of Graz, Deadline: May 17

Call for Applications
8 CJS Scholarships for

“Jewish Studies – History of Cultures of the Jews”

at Graz International Summer School 2010

The Centre for Jewish Studies at Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria)
is inviting M.A. students to apply for CJS scholarships for the lecture
“Jewish Studies – History of Cultures of the Jews” at Graz International
Summer School. The scholarships are provided by “David-Herzog-Funds at
Styrian universities”.

The Graz International Summer School 2010 (part of GUSS – Graz
University Summer School) is going to take place from July 18 until
August 1, 2010 at Graz and the castle of Seggau (Austria). For further
information see:

Scholarship benefits:
The scholarships cover GUSS student contributions (summer school
programme, meals, housing, social programme, printed report).

Applicants must be M.A. students. Applicants must prove that they have
been accepted to participate in the lecture “Jewish Studies” at GUSS.

Application documents:
copy of application for GUSS (lecture Jewish Studies)
confirmation of admission to GUSS (lecture Jewish Studies, might be
handed in later)

letter of intent (450 words minimum)
confirmation of registration at home university

Application documents must be submitted by post to
Dr. Gerald Lamprecht, Centre for Jewish Studies, Attemsgasse 8, A-8010
Graz, Austria

Applications close: May 17, 2010 (date of postmark)

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