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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - July 20, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Week of Sunday, July 20, 2003 (20 Tamuz 5763)

Index:

1. Literary Memorial Honoring Victor Perera (Elgrably)

2. Query: Syllabi and Suggested Readings for “The Sephardi Diaspora” Course (Klein)
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1. Literary Memorial Honoring Victor Perera (Elgrably)

From: Jordan Elgrably <jordane@levantinecenter.org>
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 6:56 PM

Literary Memorial Honoring Victor Perera, Los Angeles, July 27, 7 pm

There will be a literary and musical memorial service in honor of Victor Perera's
life and work on Sunday, July 27, 2003, 7 p.m. at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center,
681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. 90291. Beyond Baroque is located 3 and a half blocks WEST of Lincoln Blvd., in the old Venice City Hall building on the north side of Venice Blvd. The Beyond Baroque Bookstore will be open during this event. Victor Perera is the author of "The Cross and the Pear Tree, A Sephardic Journey" and other works.

This special literary evening is organized by Ivri-NASAWI, New Association of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists & Writers International, the arts group Victor Perera helped co-found in 1996.

For complete information about this program, including bios, go to:
http://www.ivri-nasawi.org/Perera/PereraMemorial.html

Victor Perera often wrote about the underdog and gave a voice to the voiceless. A native of Guatemala of Sephardic Jewish descent, he wrote three books about Central America, a
novel set in Spain called "The Conversion," and an excellent literary memoir, published in
1995, "The Cross and the Pear Tree, A Sephardic Journey." Perera also published many
essays, short stories and travel features in diverse publications such as the New York
Review of Books, Harpers, The New Yorker, and others.

Participants include writers Deena Metzger, Alicia Kozameh, Trudi Alexy, George Lovell,
Elio Zarmati and Jordan Elgrably, and singer/ songwriter Stefani Valadez who will sing
Sephardic folksongs from her new CD, "Ladino Alive." There will be an open session with
contributions from other Perera friends around the country, along with refreshments.
This program is free to the public. Donations suggested, tributes welcome.

To RSVP, call 323.650.3157.

For complete information about this program, including bios, go to:
http://www.ivri-nasawi.org/Perera/PereraMemorial.html

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2. Query: Syllabi and Suggested Readings for “The Sephardi Diaspora” Course (Klein)

From: Elka Klein <elka@yossi.com>
Date: Monday, July 21, 2003 2:56 PM

I am currently putting together a course titled "The Sephardi Diaspora"
which deals with the experience of Sephardi Jews after the expulsion from
Spain to the present day. As a medievalist, I'm venturing into new
territory in doing this, and would be grateful for some guidance.

If anyone has taught a similar course and would be willing to share a
syllabus with me, I'd be particularly grateful. I'm also interested in any
suggestions anyone might have about what to assign. I do want to keep both
the cost of books and the volume of reading reasonable.

Thanks,

Elka Klein
University of Cincinnati




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