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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 20, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
5 Kislev 5762
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>

Index:

1. Announcement: Prof. Antony Polonsky will Present at Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus (Ben-Ur)

2. Call for Co-Presenter: Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus, AJS 2001 (Ben-Ur)
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1. Announcement: Prof. Antony Polonsky will Present at Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus (Ben-Ur)

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Professor Antony Polonsky of Brandeis University will be addressing us on the new Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at that institution. The Caucus begins promptly at noon on Monday, December 17. Professor Polonsky's address will begin at 12:30.
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2. Call for Co-Presenter: Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus, AJS 2001 (Ben-Ur)

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Since Professor Polonsky will begin speaking at 12:30, we are now seeking a presenter or co-presenter.

Based on the responses I received, two topics have been requested:

1. a discussion of the presenter's integrative and non-integrative Sephardi/Mizrahi studies syllabi. Such a presenter would distribute sample syllabi to the group and discuss his/her ideas, techniques, challenges, etc. There have been general requests for discussions of the modern period, but other periods will be considered as well. Ideally this presentation would lead into a group discussion.

2. a "brainstorming session" on Sephardi/Mizrahi-related panel proposals for AJS 2002. The presenter would lead this session, acting as a moderator and facilitator.

The presenter would commence speaking at 12:05, after an introduction by this year's Caucus Chair, Noam Stillman.

If you are interested in presenting on either of these topics (or another relevant topic), please respond directly to me at <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu> at your earliest convenience.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.

Aviva Ben-Ur
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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