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Conference Program

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Shoah Conference

Ambassador Eizenstat, Professor Michman, President Lawrence and Professor Troen

Dan Michman

Dan Michman, Keynote Speaker

SIIS FELLOWS AT SHOAH

SIIS Fellows invited to Conference

Shoah fred, kevin, uri

President Lawrence greets Professor Madigan, Harvard Divinity School, and visiting professor Bialer

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Brandeis University Press offers selections for the Shoah conference

The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics

Shoah poster

The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics took place over Holocaust Remembrance Day April 27-28, 2014 (Yom HaShoah) with an audience made up of Summer Institute fellows, Brandeis community, and the general public. 

The conference opened with a videotaped message from Professor Elie Wiesel, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and University Professor. The author of Night and over 60 fiction and non-fiction books, Professor Wiesel is also the 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate.  

The conference is cosponsored by the Israel Institute and by the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis.

Conference Program

Conference Chair: Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies; Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Summer Institute for Israel Studies Workshop

By Invitation Only
8:30am - 11:30am

Keynote: "Shoah, Churban, Cataclysm, Judeocide, Holocaust, Genocide (and More): On Terminology and Interpretation"
Dan Michman, Professor of Modern Jewish History and Chair of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University; Head of the International Institute of Holocaust Research and John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.

"Not Mystification nor Relativism: Teaching the Holocaust"
Tuvia Friling, Professor and Senior Researcher, Ben Gurion Research Institute; Visiting Professor, Brandeis University; Vice Chairman of International Commission of the Holocaust in Romania headed by Professor Elie Wiesel in 2003-20014.

"Holocaust and Human Behavior: The Integration of Content with Pedagogy"
Jan Darsa, Director of Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves and the author of Jews of Poland, curricula material designed for educators.

Public Conference
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

12:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
Frederick M. Lawrence,
President of Brandeis University
Ilan Troen,
Conference Chair

Greeting from Elie Wiesel (via video to conference participants only)
Elie Wiesel is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and University Professor. The author of more than sixty books of fiction and non-fiction, he is the recipient of numerous awards for his literary and human rights activities. In 1986, Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and soon after, Marion and Elie Wiesel established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. 

12:45 pm Keynote: “Is the Holocaust Different from other Genocides?”
Dan Michman, Professor of Modern Jewish History and Chair of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University; Head of the International Institute of Holocaust Research and John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.

1:30 – 3:30 pm The Shoah in International Politics
Chair: Tuvia Friling, Professor and Senior Researcher, Ben Gurion Research Institute; Visiting Professor, Brandeis University 2013-2014; Vice Chairman of International Commission of the Holocaust in Romania headed by Professor Elie Wiesel in 2003-2004.

“From the Bomb to the Dock: Israeli Foreign Policy and the Shoah” 
Uri Bialer, Professor of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor, Brandeis

"Belated and Imperfect Justice in International Politics: The Role of Reparations to Victims of the Holocaust"
Stuart E. Eizenstat, Special Advisor on Holocaust Issues for Secretary of State John Kerry and former Ambassador to the European Union

“The Catholic Church, the Holocaust and Israel: History and Jewish Reaction, 1941-2014” 
Kevin Madigan, Winn Professor Of Ecclesiastical History, Harvard Divinity School

3:30 – 3:45 pm Coffee break

3:45 – 5:15 pm Manipulations of the Shoah
Chair: Steven T. Katz, Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University and Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies.

“The Embryonic Israeli Right, Fascism, and the Shoah”
Colin Shindler, Emeritus Professor and Pears Senior Research Fellow in Israel Studies, SOAS, University of London

“The Use of the Holocaust as a Form of Anti-Israel Rhetoric”
Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies; Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism, Indiana University

5:15 – 6:00 pm Keynote: "Facing the Hidden God of History: Religious Zionism and the Holocaust"
Chair: Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Keynote: Yehudah Mirsky, Associate Professor, Brandeis University

6:00-6:15 pm Yom HaShoah Commemoration

6:30-8:30pm Banquet and Musical Program (for invited guests)
"Tsen Brider: A Russian-Jewish Folksong Becomes a Concentration Camp Requiem"
Josh Jacobson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University; Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College; Founder and artisitic director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston

Public Conference (cont.)
Monday, April 28, 2014
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

9:00 – 11:15 am The Impact of the Shoah on Israeli Art, Literature and Music
Chair: Sylvia Fuks Fried, Director of Publications, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Executive Director, Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry; Director of Brandeis University Press

“Visualizing Layered Traumata: The Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Art”
Gannit Ankori, Chair of the School of the Creative Arts at Brandeis University; Professor of Art History & Theory and Chair in Israeli Art at the Department of Fine Arts and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

"A Festering Wound That Does Not Stop Hurting: The Holocaust in Israeli Literature"
Nili Gold, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

“Abandoning Representations; Holocaust Imageries in Israeli Art Music” 
Assaf Shelleg, Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology & Jewish Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Light Brunch

12:00 – 2:00 pm Memory and Identity
Chair: Eugene Sheppard, Associate Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

“Transition in Israeli Perspectives on the Shoah and its Repercussions”
Roni Stauber, Academic Head, Wiener Library for the Study of the Nazi Era and the Holocaust, Tel Aviv University; Department of Jewish History, Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

“The Yellow Star of Valor: Negotiating Holocaust Memory within Israel's Military Context”
Mooli Brog, Head of Education, Taglit-Birthright

“The Development of Shoah Education in Israeli State Schools”
Erik H. Cohen, Associate Professor, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University

2:00 pm Concluding remarks and farewell