Erik Butler: “The Ruse of Faith: Spiritual Politics in Der Nister’s Soviet Symbolism”

Professor Butler has published Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film (Camden House, 2010) and The Bellum Grammaticale and the Rise of European Literature (Ashgate, 2010). His translation of Der Nister’s Regrowth (Vidervuks) is forthcoming (Northwestern, 2011). The current book, Cruelty and Mystification, explores violence and ruse in modernist fiction.

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Jewish Studies Conference Set for UC Santa Cruz

A conference designed to highlight the role women have played in the forging of Italian Jewish identity will take place May 22-24, on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Titled “Women, Jews, Venetians,” the event is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies of the University of California, Santa Cruz, the UCSC Literature Department, the Museo Italo-Americano […]

Clive Sinclair: “The Belmont Quota”

  April 28, 2011 | 12:00-1:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public Kresge College, Room 325, UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information Clive Sinclair has published 14 books of fiction – The Lady and the Laptop received major critical acclaim in England and he is noted for his criticism, including a study […]

Regine Basha: "Tuning Baghdad"

  May 5, 2011 | 4-5:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public Humanities 1 Building, Room 210, UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information Regine Basha has been an curator of contemporary art and art writer since the early 1990s. Her exhibition and writing history can be found on Amongst her most […]

Women, Jews and Venetians Conference

Our gathering is directed to bringing women into the Venetian historical account. We will focus on the ways in which Jewish women, in part through their connections to other Venetian and Italian women, helped to articulate what it was to be modern, and thus participated in the forging of modern Venetian, Italian, and Jewish identities. […]

Noel King Memorial Lecture: Jonathan Brown and Nathaniel Deutsch

The Noel Q. King Memorial Lectures celebrate the work of the late Noel Q. King, Professor Emeritus of History and Comparative Religion at UC Santa Cruz. This conversation between two scholars of religious studies reflects Professor King’s lifelong commitment to, and joy in, interfaith dialogue.

Sarah Abrevaya Stein: "In Search of a Novel Archive of the Jewish Past"

  February 24, 2011 | 12-1 PM | Free & Open to the Public Humanities 1 Building, Room 210, UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information What sources are essential to the study of the Jewish past? Where can they be found? In this talk, Sarah Abrevaya Stein discusses her on-going efforts to stretch the […]

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Robert Alter: “Translating the Bible: The Wisdom Books”

Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University.