Sephardic Civilization

Sephardic Civilization

October 09, 2018 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Pioneer Valley
Jewish Community of Amherst
742 Main St.
Amherst, MA 01002

A journey across the complexities of Sephardic civilization across time, from 1492 to the present, focusing on history, politics, culture, and rabbinical debates.

Lecture One: “The Wound of Expulsion”: an exploration of “La Convivencia” of the three major world religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—in Spain up to 1492.

Lecture Two: “Unity and Dispersion”: a scanning of the diasporic possibilities that came with “marranismo” from the Expulsion to the early twentieth century.

Lecture Three: “Adiós España”: Sephardic life in contemporary United States, Israel, Latin America, and elsewhere.

Participants should acquire the Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature, edited by Ilan Stavans (2005; ISBN 978-0805242287)

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of the NEPR podcastIn Contrast. His most recent books areOn Self-Translation: Reflections on Language and a graphic-novel adaptation ofDon Quixote of La Mancha.

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    Jewish Federation of Western MA  - Jewish Federation of the Berkshires