Public Programs at The Magnes

Winter/Spring 2013
tueSday, January 22, 6pm

Moira Roth in conversation with Alla Efimova | Followed by Opening Reception for Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker: A Literary Installation by Moira Roth
Moira Roth, a Berkeley-based writer, art historian, and a leading international voice in feminism, performance and contemporary art, talks about her multimedia installation at The Magnes. The exhibition is based on her ambitious literary project about a character who acts as witness to much of twentiethcentury European history.
thurSday, February 7, 7pm

sciences. He has developed the principal open-source bibliographic management system, Zotero; led the creation of several digital archives; and helped found The Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp. He is currently leading the Press Forward Initiative dedicated to the advancement of web-based scholarly publication.
Co-presented with The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities
tueSday, February 19, 5:30 pm

Contracts from the Israel Museum Collection, (1994); Jerusalem - Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art (with Dan Bahat; 1997); The Life Cycle of the Jews in Islamic Lands (2006).
thurSday, February 21, 5:30 pm

Tragic Komiks: Immigrant Identity in Translation | Poet Marina Temkina in conversation with translator Boris Dralyuk
Temkina is considered one of the most important Russian poets of her generation. Born in St. Petersburg, she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1978 and now lives in New York. Temkina writes on gender, Russian-Jewish identity, and immigration with a sense of history lived through and expressed as an intimate experience. Boris Dralyuk teaches Slavic Studies at UCLA, and his award-winning poems, translations, essays, and reviews have been published broadly. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Penguin Anthology of Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky.

Purim Lecture by Shalom Sabar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Followed by Opening Reception of Case Study No. 3: Sound Objects

SFJFF Movie Night at The Magnes | Fluchkes (Dir. Ofer Inov, Israel, 2011)
Fluchkes is an honest, humorous look at growing older and how aging affects people’s relationships to their creativity and their art. The film follows a group of talented, energetic and feisty women, ages 72 to 82, as they prepare for a professional dance performance.
WedneSday, February 13, 4-6:30 pm

Support provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group
thurSday, February 28, 12pm

Computing and the Practice of History—Public lecture and reception | Daniel Cohen, Avenali Resident Fellow in History, UC Berkeley
British and American intellectual and religious historian Professor Daniel Cohen is an internationally recognized leader in digital humanities and the director of the Center for History and New Media and Associate Professor of History at George Mason University. He has been active in software development, in pedagogy, and in thinking programmatically about the impact of new technology on research in the humanities and the interpretive social

The Jewish Mother | Lecture by Yahil Zaban, Hebrew University, Diller Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
In advance of Purim, Professor Shalom Sabar will be in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo, curator of Sound Objects, about the role of Jewish ritual objects in Jewish life, museum collections, and scholarship. Shalom Sabar (Zakho, Iraq, 1951) is a professor of Jewish art and folklore at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research combines the disciplines of art history, Jewish history, and folklore. He is the author of Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts (1990); Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage “The Jewish Mother” has become an icon in film, fiction, and popular culture. On one hand, her image reflects the yearning for lost childhood, family, and traditional community. On the other hand, this sense of enchantment and nostalgia is accompanied by a perception of the mother as an intimidating and somewhat demonic figure who forces her children to grow up and thus banishes them from their childhood. In this talk we will explore aspects of this emblematic image and try to explain how the mythification of the Jewish mother shaped the Jewish modern sense of community.
Co-presented with Jewish Studies Program


thurSday, march 7, 7 pm

SFJFF Movie Night at The Magnes | The Office (Dir. Eitan Tzur, Israel, 2010)
HaMisrad (‫“ ,דרשמה‬The Office”), an Israeli version of The Office, the popular British and American sitcom, is a mockumentary set in a branch of the fictional “Paper Office” supplies company in the industrial city of Yehud. Like the original series and many of its spinoffs, HaMisrad lampooned office life, as well as gender and ethnic relations. In the case of HaMisrad, the office and warehouse include native-born secular Jews, Arabs, Orthodox Jews, and Russian and Ethiopian immigrants.
Co-presented with Berkeley Hillel
tueSday, march 12

Jewish and non-Jewish cultures across the globe. In a performance-conversation with musicologist and curator Francesco Spagnolo, Alpert will retrace the salient moments of his musical path, including Yiddish culture in California, the rise of Klezmer music since the 1970s, the collaboration with violinist Itzhak Perlman, the immigration of Soviet Jews to America, and the resurgence of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe.
Presented in association with the 28th Jewish Music Festival.
thurSday, april 4, 7 pm

thurSday, april 18, 5 pm

Robert Alter on his new book Ancient Israel: The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings: A Translation with Commentary (w.w. Norton & Co., 2013)

SFJFF Movie Night at The Magnes | Freeflow (Dir. Ramy A. Katz, Israel, 2012)
Join us for this documentary about a mother of six in a provincial town who, with her eldest son by her side, fights with courage and wisdom to keep her family together despite the harsh violence against her from her abusive husband.
Co-presented with Berkeley Hillel
Sunday, april 7 12 pm

Berkeley Seminars in Modern Jewish Culture
5:30 pm

Immigrants, Cantors, and Klezmers | Lecture by Mark Slobin
A professor of Music and American Studies at Wesleyan University, Slobin is one of the most distinguished ethnomusicologists working today. His most celebrated publications include Subcultural Sounds: Micro Musics of the West (University Press of New England, 1993), in which he examined through music the complex intersection of the audible and the visible in terms of “soundscapes.” He is author of the award-winning publication Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (Oxford University Press, 2001) where he uncovers the intimate connection between style and stereotype in the representation of musical practice among Jewish immigrants.
7:30 pm

City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
3 pm

Pell Lecture: Film Screening and Discussion with Author and Filmmaker Lisa gossels | Children of Chabannes (Dir. Lisa gossels and Dean wetherell, 2001)
Gossels’ Emmy Awardwinning documentary has been praised as “one of the most heartening Holocaust films ever made–splendid, informative and emotionally involving.” (Los Angeles Times)
Co-presented with the Jewish Studies Program. Sponsored by the Joseph and Eda Pell Endowed Fund for Holocaust Studies.
monday, april 8, 7 pm

Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history. To read the books of the Former Prophets in this riveting translation is to discover an entertaining amalgam of hair-raising action and high literary achievement. Alter’s immense achievements in scholarship range from the eighteenthcentury European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature and earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Saturday, april 20, 11-4 pm

Cal Day
Special exhibition tours with Director and Curator of The Magnes.
thurSday, may 2, 7 pm

SFJFF Movie Night at The Magnes | The Swing Girls
Tulip Time is a fascinating profile of Trio Lescano, a musical group of Dutch Jewish sisters who could really swing. Stylistically similar to the Andrews Sisters, the trio was enormously popular in Italy in the 1930s and 1940s with hit songs “Anna” and “Tulip Time.” Sandra, Giuditta, and Caterinetta grew up in Holland, the daughters of Hungarian circus artist Alexander and Dutch operetta singer Eva Leschan. “We were welcomed in the best houses - the Jewish daughters of a clown.” Ultimately their recording contract was cancelled in 1943 because their songs were declared anti-Fascist. This lovely documentary features rare, found footage from the Fascist period of their unique performances.

A Sweet Diaspora Song: Paths of Jewish Music in America | Performance by Michael Alpert in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo
Michael Alpert, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, composer, songwriter and ethnographer, is one of the leading figures in the world scene of Jewish music. His career intersects a myriad of musical traditions, languages, and styles, bridging

My So-Called Enemy (Dir. Lisa gossel, 2010)
Gossels’ second film is about six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls who came to the U.S. in 2002 to know their enemies as human beings, and how that transformative experience meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years.


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