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Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University Program 2013

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University Program 2013

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 Australian Centre forJewish Civilisation (ACJC)
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Associate Proessor Mark Baker
Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
Front cover image:
Victor Majzner
Mark Baker
is Associate Proessor o Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the School o Philosophical,Historical and International Studies. He completed his D.Phil at Oxord University and was twice aFellow at the Hebrew University o Jerusalem. Beore moving to Monash, he was a lecturer in Jewishhistory at the University o Melbourne and has taught widely in the eld o Modern Jewish History, theHolocaust and Genocide, the Arab-Israeli Confict, and Terrorism in Modern Confict. He is the author o
The Fitieth Gate 
, a personal book about memory o the Holocaust which was the recipient o numerousprizes and is taught on the NSW curriculum or HSC English studies. He is currently writing a novel.
Proessor Andrew Markus
Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilisation
Andrew is a Fellow o the Academy o the Social Sciences in Australia and is a past Heado Monash University’s School o Historical Studies. He is leading a project documentingthe history o Yiddish Melbourne which examines the Jewish immigrants who came toMelbourne beore and ater the Holocaust. Overlapping with this research is an ARC-Linkage project looking at the contemporary Jewish community in unprecedented depth.He has published extensively in the eld o Australian race relations and immigrationhistory. In an Australian rst, Proessor Andrew Markus is tracking changes in Australianattitudes towards immigrants and asylum seekers through a series o national surveys.
Proessor Leah Garrett
Loti Smorgon Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture
Leah moved to Australia in 2008 rom Colorado where she was an Associate Proessoro Jewish Literature at the University o Denver. She is currently researching a bookon postwar Jewish American literature and culture and is the author o
A Knight at the Opera: Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz and the Legacy o Der Tannhauser; The Cross and Other Jewish Stories by Lamed Shapiro; Journeys beyond the Pale: Yiddish Travel Writing in the Modern World.
Dr Karen Auerbach
Jacob Kronhill Lecturer in East European Jewish History
Karen’s research expertise is in Polish Jewish history and the history o the Holocaust.Her book,
A Window on Warsaw: The Jewish Families o 16 Ujazdowskie Avenue ater the Holocaust 
, is a microhistory o Jewish integration in postwar Poland ocusing on tenamilies who were neighbours in an apartment building in Warsaw. Her current researchocuses on Jewish booksellers and publishers o Polish literature in nineteenth-centuryWarsaw. She is also completing a secondary project examining the spread o inormationamong Jews within Nazi-occupied Europe during the earliest stages o the Holocaust in1941 and 1942. Previous to her doctoral studies, Karen published numerous articles inthe New York-based
newspaper about Jewish lie in contemporary Poland.“Welcome to the Australian Centre orJewish Civilisation, Australia’s largestinstitution or tertiary Jewish studies.Each year, hundreds o students study withus on issues that impact on Jewish cultureand world history. We are known or ourinternational ocus that enlivens the studentexperience though overseas study inEurope, Israel, South Arica and Rwanda.As members o the global Monashcommunity, we are engaged in a dialogueo religions, cultures and civilisations thataims to address the critical challengesthat conront us all. We invite you toenrol in one o our undergraduate orpostgraduate courses or to participate inour public programs which encompass adiverse schedule o events incorporatingdistinguished Visiting Scholars.Our 2013 program refects the diversityo activities undertaken by the ACJC atMonash University. Our fagship programin Holocaust and Genocide Studies hasbeen generously supported by donors whohave enabled several new academic staappointments and Visiting Fellowships.We are pleased this year to oer lecturesgiven by the leading academics in this eld,including Ben Kiernan, Richard Bessel,Hasia Diner and Christopher Browning,whose book,
Ordinary Men 
, reshaped ourunderstanding o perpetrator behaviour.Other visiting scholars in Jewish historyand culture include Deborah Dash Mooreand Michael Steinlau. You can read moreabout their proles in this program.Our Centre is growing. As Director, I’d liketo thank all o our donors o distinctionwho are acknowledged at the back o thisprogram. Your contribution to our Tree oKnowledge has enabled us to bring theruits o Jewish scholarly activity to thewider Australian community. Every gitoers a transormative experience to ourstudents or urther study and research.On behal o everyone at the ACJC, wethank you –the public – or supporting ourCentre which is proudly located at MonashUniversity, named or one o Australia’smost eminent Jewish historical gures.”
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Dr Daniella Doron
Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Daniella received her Ph.D. in 2009 rom the Departments o History and Hebrew andJudaic Studies at New York University, where she deended a dissertation entitled
In the Best Interest o the Child: Family, Youth, and Identity in Postwar France 
, 1944–1954.Most recently she was the 2010–2012 Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in JewishStudies at Colgate University, oering courses in modern Jewish history, Jewishhistory and autobiography, and Jewish migration and diaspora. Previously, she wasthe 2009–2010 Ray D. Wole Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University oToronto where she oered courses on postwar Jewish history and children during theHolocaust. Daniella’s lectureship at Monash is supported through the philanthropy oNaomi Milgrom.
Dr Noah Shenker
6a Foundation Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
In 2009 Noah received a Ph.D. in Critical Studies rom the University o SouthernCaliornia School o Cinematic Arts, completing his dissertation
Embodied Memory: The Formation o Archived Audiovisual Holocaust Testimony in the United States 
.During his doctoral studies he was the recipient o various ellowships including theCharles H. Revson Fellowship or Archival Research at the United States HolocaustMemorial Museum’s Center or Advanced Holocaust Studies. From 2009 to 2012 hewas a postdoctoral ellow at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taughtcourses on Holocaust representation, global cinema, and Holocaust historiography.
Dr Nathan Wolski
Bori and Helen Liberman Family Lecturer in Jewish Studies
Nathan works in the eld o Jewish mysticism, and is currently involved in a criticaltranslation o the central corpus o Jewish mystical scholarship, The Zohar. He is theauthor o the book,
Journey Into the Zohar 
Dr David Slucki
Early Career Development Fellow
David completed his PhD in History at Monash University in 2010, which explored thehistory o the Jewish Labor Bund ater the Holocaust, and his book,
The International Jewish Labor Bund ater 1945: toward a global history 
, was released in early 2012 byRutgers University Press. He has received ellowships, scholarships, and grants romMonash University; Jacob Waks Cultural Centre, Melbourne; Center or Jewish History,New York; Simon Dubnow Institute or Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University;and the Goldreich Family Institute or Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture atTel Aviv University.
Hinde Ena Burstin
Coordinator, Kronhill Program in Yiddish Language and Culture
Hinde has taught Yiddish language, literature and culture or over 20 years and has beenan invited guest lecturer in Europe, South Arica, the United States, Canada and Australia.She is an internationally published Yiddish writer and researcher, who is currentlyresearching her PhD on Yiddish women poets in the 1920s. In 2012, she was the soleinvited Australian delegate to the Permanence o Yiddish Colloquium at UNESCO.
Paul Forgasz
Lecturer in Jewish history and Jewish Education
Paul is the coordinator and lecturer o the two rst year ‘oundation’ courses in Jewishhistory oered by the ACJC: The Bible as History and Confict & Coexistence: Jews,Christians, Muslims. He convenes the Jewish studies teacher training program with theFaculty o Education.
Helen Midler
Centre Manager
Helen joined the ACJC in August 2010 with many years o experience in administrationand event management within the Jewish community and also in the broader corporateand not-or-prot sectors.
Eva and Les Erdi Lectureship in Israel Studies
This year the ACJC will be making a new appointment in Israel and Middle East studies to support ourextensive teaching and research program.The ACJC mourns the passing o Les Erdi OAM on Australia Day this year.
Our part-time Teaching and Research sta also includes: Sue Hampel, Dr Miriam Munz,Dan Rabinovici, Dr Margi Tat.

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