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HUC-JIR sponsors reception at AJS Conference on 12/18/06 in San Diego

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Jewish Studies Scholars in San Diego for Annual Conference 

Professor Sander Gilman to Deliver Plenary Address 

The Association for Jewish Studies, the learned society of academic Jewish studies, will hold its 38th Annual Conference, Sunday, December 17 through Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, One Market Place, San Diego. This will be the organization's first meeting in San Diego and its second conference on the West Coast. The conference is the largest annual gathering in North America of Jewish studies scholars, with close to 1000 attendees expected. 

The meeting program features more than 140 panels on the latest scholarship in all fields of Jewish studies, including Bible, Talmud, History, Literature, Sociology, Linguistics, Anthropology, the Arts, and Philosophy. Session topics include:Pedagogy and Politics: Teaching Israel at North American Universities; Jewish Identity and the Culture of Celebrity; Orthodoxy and the Internet; Holocaust Trials in the Courtroom, the Public Square, and the Academy; Reconsidering Hannah Arendt at 100; The Danish Cartoons and the Holocaust Analogy; Women in the Haskala: Giving Voice to the Silenced Maskilot; The Dead Sea Scrolls; Venice, the Jews, and Italian Culture; New Readings of the Talmudic Writings of Emanuel Levinas; and Jewish Denominations in a Post-Denominational World. 

The conference also houses one of the largest book exhibits of academic and trade publishers of Judaica, with significant discounts offered to conference registrants. Special one-day registration rate of $35 for local primary and secondary school educators and administrators, synagogue staff, Jewish organization professionals, undergraduates, and retired persons. Evening events free and open to the public include: Sunday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m., Professor Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University, speaking on Can the Experience of Diaspora Judaism Serve as a Model for Islam in Today's Multicultural Europe?; Sunday, December 18 at 9:30 p.m., film screening, The Living Orphan (Der Libediker Yusem), Yiddish with English subtitles; and Monday, December 19, at 8:30 p.m., Ladino Music in the Americas: A Journey from Spain to El Nuevo Mundo, a performance by Flor de Serena, sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation and the Maurice Amado Foundation. 

Full conference program and information available on the AJS website or through the AJS office at

15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

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