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Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

The Jewish Studies Center at Hunter College presents:

Talia Lavin, Author of Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy in Conversation with Jessie Daniels

Co-Sponsored by the departments of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies and Political Science

Talia Lavin is a freelance writer focusing on the far-right. She has written for the Washington Post, GQ, The New Republic, the New Yorker and The Nation, as well as many other publications. She is the author, most recently, of her debut book Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy (Hachette Books, October 2020), a deep dive into the metastasis of hate groups online, with a focus on misogyny, antisemitism, racism and their intense interconnectedness in online spaces.

Jessie Daniels is a professor of sociology at Hunter College, and an affiliate faculty member in Africana Studies, Critical Social Psychology and Sociology at The Graduate Center-CUNY. Her most recent book was Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in it, and How We Can Help Dismantle It.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

Hunter’s Colum McCann Wins 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

Klezmerica: Jewish Invention and Repackaging of the Instrumental Jam

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

Klezmerica: Jewish Invention and Repackaging of the Instrumental Jam

Live Performance and Lecture

Klezmer music, an instrumental genre rooted in an Eastern European Jewish cultural milieu deeply stylized by connections with non-Jewish co-ethnics, has been replanted and is thriving in the rich soil of America.

This lecture-performance discusses and presents Klezmerica, a new Jewish music genre borne from the greenhouse of the Lower East Side with offshoots formed by the ricocheting reverberations of the alleyways in the Downtown NYC jazz scene and beyond.

Samuel Torjman Thomas, PhD, ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist (oud, sax/clarinet, and vocals) is the artistic director of AESFA (gathering) and teaches music, interdisciplinary studies, and Sephardic Studies at the City University of New York. He journeys from deep klezmer to jazz and blues-tinged Jewish jams, then through a lush Mediterranean garden of songs in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino. Dr. Torjman Thomas is a frequent guest speaker at cultural institutions, universities, and multi-dimensional ecumenical spaces world-wide.

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What Can the New York Syrian Community Teach Us About Sephardim in America?

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

What Can the New York Syrian Community Teach Us About Sephardim in America?

Cohosted with Hunter Hillel 

Sephardic Jews who immigrated to America from Muslim-majority countries are woefully understudied in the scholarship of American Jews.

In this talk, Dr. Mijal Bitton will share findings from her research on the Syrian Jewish Sephardic community in Brooklyn. Dr. Bitton will demonstrate that a careful study of groups such as this one destabilizes normative assumptions about the relationship between America and its Jews.

Dr. Mijal Bitton is a Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is a sociologist of American Jews with a research focus on the experiences of contemporary Sephardic American Jews from Muslim-majority countries. Mijal is the co-founder and Rosh Kehillah of the Downtown Minyan and was selected in 2018 for inclusion in New York Jewish Week's '36 under 36'.

This Event Will Be Held Online via Zoom

 

What Did You Do to These People?: History, Memory and the Last Dachau Death March

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

"What Did You Do to These People?": History, Memory, and the Last Dachau Death March, 1945-1995

In the final days of April 1945, guards at the Dachau Main Camp forced nearly 7,000 prisoners onto the roads of southern Bavaria, headed for the Alps as American troops closed in.

This lecture discusses the course and aftermath of the last of the Dachau death marches, using testimonies by survivors, American soldiers, and German civilians from communities through which the march passed.

How can we use survivor testimony to reconstruct events that happened sometimes decades before those testimonies were recorded? How did those Germans who witnessed these horrific events later come to understand their role in the crimes of the Nazi state?

Adam R. Seipp is a Professor of History at  Texas A&M University, where he also serves as Assistant Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies. His teaching and research focus on German and transatlantic history in the 20th century. He is the author and editor of several books including, Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952. He is currently working on several research projects, including a study of Holocaust-era liberator testimonies.  He recently published Buschenwald Stories: Testimony, Military History, and the American Encounter with the Holocaust in the Journal of Military History.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

 

Hunter's Hebrew Program Students Win Awards In Writing Contest

Concentration-Camp Literature: Gulag and Nazi Camps - by Leona Toker

Robert Seltzer 2020-2021 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

Concentration-Camp Literature: Gulag and Nazi Camps as Contexts for Each Other with Leona Toker

Co-Sponsored by Russian and Slavic Studies at Hunter College

Join us for a brief history of concentration camps and the literature written about them, followed by a discussion and comparison of Shalamov’s "An Individual Assignment" and an extract from Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man. Followed by virtual audience Q&A.

Leona Toker | English DepartmentLeona Toker is Professor Emerita in the English Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of numerous books including Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures (1989), Eloquent Reticence: Withholding Information in Fictional Narrative (1993), and Return from the Archipelago: Narratives of Gulag Survivors (2000). Her most recent book is Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontextual Reading (2019). Since 2003 she has been the Editor of Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas.

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Hunter Hillel and Jewish Studies Center Undergraduate Info Session

Join us online via Zoom to learn more about Hunter Hillel and the Jewish Studies Center at Hunter College!

Find out more about our spring offerings, meet with Jewish Studies professors, and win prizes in a raffle!

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Unkosher: Organized Crime in the Kosher Food Trades - by Aaron Welt

Robert Seltzer 2020-2021 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

Unkosher: The Role of Organized Crime in the Kosher Food Trades, 1900-1920

During the era of the mass migration of Jews to the United States over the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the kosher food industry experienced unprecedented expansion. A key, hidden, and under-appreciated force behind this commercial growth was Jewish organized crime. Kosher food businesses often called upon Jewish gangsters to maintain industrial rules, punish commercial actors who challenged existing trade practices and to deal with union affairs.

This talk will compare the role of organized crime in the kosher poultry industry and the trade in Jewish baked goods. Jewish gangsters operated differently in each of these sectors. But their notable influence in the kosher food industry conveys just how important organized crime was in the development of the Jewish ethnic economy over the years of largescale immigration to America.

Aaron Welt is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Jewish Studies Department of Hunter College, where he teaches courses on American Jewish History. He received his PhD in Jewish History from NYU and is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the role of organized crime in the development of Jewish immigrant capitalism in early 20th century New York.

This event will be held online via Zoom.