Concert and Symposium at the Museo ItaloAmericano and UC Santa Cruz

Italian Jewish Culture in the Age of the Ghetto presented in association
with the exhibit Il Ghetto: Forging Italian Jewish Identities, 1516 – 1870


January 24-25, 2009 | Free & Open to the Public
Museo Italo Americano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
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Monday, January 26, 2009 | 4-6 PM | Free & Open to the Public
Humanities 1 Building, Room 210, UC Santa Cruz
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An international gathering of scholars on Italian Jewish history and culture presented by the Diller Family Jewish Studies program at UC Santa Cruz, with support from the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, the Siegfried Puknat Fund of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, and A.C. Little.


    Concert : “Suoni dal Ghetto: A Musical Offering”

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 | 9:30 AM-5:30 PM

9:30-9:45 AM: Registration

    Coffee, Biscotti, exhibit viewing

9:45-10:00 AM: Greetings

  • Paola Bagnatori, Managing Director, Museo ItaloAmericano
  • Murray Baumgarten, Director, Jewish Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, Symposium Moderator

10:00-11:15 AM: Contested Identities

  • David M. Rosenberg-Wohl, Curator, “Il Ghetto: Integration and Separation: The Power of Trade in Renaissance Italy — Exhibit overview”
  • Marina del Negro Karem, “Representations of Jews in Venetian Painting” Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Respondent: Andrew Canepa, Independent Scholar and Member, Museo ItaloAmericano

11:15 AM-12:45 PM: Culture and Symbolic Capital

  • Joanna G. Harris, “The Art that Left the Ghetto: Jewish Dancing Masters, the Commedia dell’Arte, and Shakespeare,” Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley
  • Deanna Shemek, “Renaissance Women Between the Palace and the Ghetto: Isabella d’Este of Mantua (1474 – 1529) and Sara Copia Sullam of Venice (c. 1592 – 1641),” Cowell College, UC Santa Cruz
  • Respondent: Dana Katz, Reed College

12:45-2:00 PM: Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 PM: Jewish Texts and Christian Contexts

  • Moderator: Rabbi Steven Pearce, Temple Emanu-El
  • Paul Hamburg, “The Biblia Rabbinica: Printing Hebrew Books and the Venice Ghetto,” Judaica Librarian, UC Berkeley
  • Rabbi Mimi Weisel, “Kabbalah and Venice,” Director, Clinical Pastoral Care, California Pacific Medical Center
  • Respondent: Benjamin Ravid, Brandeis University

3:30-3:45 PM: Coffee Break

3:45-4:30 PM: One of The Oldest Jewish Communities in Europe

  • Moderator: : Scott Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Daniela di Castro, The Enduring Legacy: History of the Rome Jewish Community Director, Jewish Museum of Rome
  • Respondent: Rabbi Lawrence Raphael, Temple Sherith Israel

4:30-5:30 PM: Closing Reception at the Museo


11:15 AM– 12:00 PM: Registration

12:15-12:30 PM: Welcome to UCSC

  • Dean of Humanities, UC Santa Cruz, Georges Van Den Abbeele
  • Symposium Moderator: Murray Baumgarten, University of California, Santa Cruz

12:30-2:30 PM: Boundaries and Crossings

  • Josh Holo, “Venetian Jews at the Crossroads, Facing East” Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles
  • Dana Katz, “’Clamber Not You Up To The Casements:’ On Ghetto Views and Viewing,” Reed College, Oregon
  • Benjamin Ravid, “The Significance of the Achievement of the Jews of the Venetian Republic” Brandeis University
  • Respondent: David Rosenberg-Wohl, Curator, Il Ghetto exhibit

2:30-3:00 PM: Coffee and Cicchetti

3:00-4:30 PM: Inside and Outside

  • Francesco Spagnolo, “From Rossi to Rossini: Reconsidering the Role of Music in the Italian Ghetto” Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley
  • Michael Thaler, ”The Jewish Doctor of Venice: Body Language and the Ancestral Faith” UC San Francisco/UC Santa Cruz
  • Respondent: Deanna Shemek, UC Santa Cruz

4:30-4:45 PM: Coffee Break

4:45-6:30 PM: Jewish Spaces: Ghettos and Communities

  • Moderator: Daniela Di Castro, Director, Jewish Museum of Rome
  • Charlotte Fonrobert, “Eruv and Shtetl,” Stanford University
  • Scott Lerner, “Beyond the Ghetto: Reclaiming the Jewish Signifier” Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania
  • Respondent: Nathaniel Deutsch, University of California, Santa Cruz

6:30-7:45 PM: Concluding Reception

Questions, or for disability related accommodations, please contact or 831-459-5655.

The San Francisco event requires registration. Please contact the Museo: (415) 673-2200,

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