"Venice, the Jews, and Italian Culture: Historical Eras and Cultural Representations" scheduled for Venice, Italy from June 16-July 18.
Dr. Joshua Holo will participate in a five-week, inter-disciplinary institute in Venice, Italy, exploring the cultural, intellectual, and historic experience of Venetian Jewry, organized by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The primary focus will be the Ghetto of Venice, which gave its name to all such subsequent ethnic enclosures. He will explore the history of the Ghetto of Venice as a physical environment, text, and symbolic site. Together, the participants will examine various artistic materials representing Italian and Venetian Jewish life, including literary, artistic, and dramatic works.
The Institute will begin with the Renaissance, while emphasizing the modern experience of Venetian Jewry, a paradigmatic Italian Jewish community. The program is designed to benefit scholars in various fields, including European culture, literature, art, and history, Holocaust studies, Italian studies, and Jewish studies.
Dr. Holo's studies focus on Medieval Jews of the Mediterranean, particularly in the Christian realm. Prior to his role at HUC-JIR, he served as Assistant Professor of Jewish History at Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, CA. He is currently completing his first book,Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.