Upcoming Programs & Events

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:00pm

In Those Nightmarish Days: Ghetto Reportage as Witnessing

In the Warsaw and in the Lodz ghettos Jewish journalists like Joseph Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski wrote reportage that individualized the ghetto experience and conveyed events in 'real time.'  Zelkowitz and Opoczynski perished but their writings survived, hidden in secret ghetto archives. This lecture will explain why this ghetto reportage was so important. 

SAMUEL KASSOW, A Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a Leon I. Mirell Visiting Professor at Harvard  and the Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. Professor Kassow is the author of several books, including Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive, which has been translated into eight languages.  “In Those Nightmarish Days: Ghetto Reportage as Witnessing”is based on his most recent work on the first-hand experiences of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz, Jewish journalists of the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

Will Eisner: Using Graphic Novels to Fight Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

'A Rubric of Pain Words': Holocaust Yiddish Glossaries and Postwar Language Work

Hannah Pollin-Galay completed her PhD at Tel Aviv University in History.  She has been awarded a number of prizes for her work, including a Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Columbia University; a Katz Center Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania; a United States Memorial Museum Research Fellowship; a Fulbright Fellowship; and a Yad Vashem Doctoral Research Award. She sits on the editorial board of In Geveb: An Online Journal for Yiddish Studies, where she has contributed popular blog posts about Jewish culture and education. Pollin-Galay is the author of Ecologies of Witnessing: Language, Place and Holocaust Testimony (Yale University Press, forthcoming Fall 2018).  She has also published several articles.  Pollin-Galay is a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and also a Faculty Research Fellow at the UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sounding the Inexpressible: Arnold Schoenberg and the Birth of Postwar Musical Memory

A lecture by Jeremy Eichler (Boston Globe/ Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Mitch Duneier

Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea

Information is forthcoming.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Musar after the Holocaust: Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler and the Rebuilding of Jewish Pietism

R. Eliyahu Dessler (d.1953) was arguably the most prominent proponent of the classical musar tradition to survive the Holocaust. He spent the war years in England where he moved from Lithuania to accompany his father for medical treatment. During the inter-war years, Dessler served as a dean of the Manchester Yeshiva where he trained many boys and young men who were part of the Kindertransports. After the war he immigrated to Mandate Palestine where he served as a spiritual mentor of the Ponovitsch Yeshiva in Bnei Brak until his death in 1953. This lecture will explore Dessler’s teachings, collected in the 5 volume Mikhtav M’Eliyahu, as an example of one who sought to reconstruct the ideology of musar with emphasis on its teachings as a response to the Holocaust. While not normally thought of as a post-Holocaust thinker, I will argue that Dessler’s musar is not simply a reiteration of pre-war musar but is a tool to teach his readers how to react to the theological challenges of the Holocaust.


Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schotenstein Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University. He is also a Kogod Senior Research Fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute in NYC. His work deals with the tradition and Jewish theology and philosophy from the early modern period to the present. His most recent book is *Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism* published with Stanford University Press. His forthcoming book *The Jewish Jesus of Volozhin: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik's Commentary to the New testament* will be published by Yale University Press.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980

Amos Morris-Reich

Information is forthcoming.