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Issues in Judaism Series Spring Programs

German American Bund Parade in New York City on East 86th Street on October 30, 1939, Library of Congress

The Hofstra Cultural Center has announced its programming for the spring 2018 “Issues in Judaism” series. The events are presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Hofstra Hillel – The Center for Jewish Life on Campus. Funding has been provided in part by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

All events are free and open to the public. However, advance registration is requested. To register or for more information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

1918-2018: The Rise of Vicious Anti-Semitism; The German-American Bund and the KKK on Long Island and in the Eastern United States

Thursday, April 5, 4:30 p.m.

Speaker: Michael D’Innocenzo, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University.

Prejudices have persisted even as the Jews, whose diversity is still seldom recognized, advanced as America’s super-achieving “minority.”

Professor D’Innocenzo is a founding member of Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement and co-editor, American Immigration and Ethnicity: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl? His current projects include an NEH grant with East Meadow Library, “Becoming American” and the National Issues Forums, Kettering Foundation’s new deliberation project, “Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?”

Location of this lecture is the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, first floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.


Film Screening and Discussion of 1945 (2017)

Directed by Ferenc Török. Based on the short story Homecoming by Gabor T. Szántó

Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m

This film, set in 1945, tells the complex story of an Orthodox man and his grown son who return to a small village in Hungary. The village residents are both remorseful and suspicious as they expect the worst. Will these deported Jews demand their illegally acquired property back? All must come to terms with the war atrocities they may have witnessed or perpetrated, as well as their own personal gain versus the rights of the Jewish victims whose property they now possess. In Hungarian with English subtitles. (B/W, 91 minutes)

Annette Insdorf, professor of film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and moderator of the popular Reel Pieces series at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. She is the author of Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. A book signing to follow.

Location is the Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus.


Memorials and Forgetting: Holocaust Sites in Post-Communist Europe

Thursday, April 26, 4:30 p.m.

Speaker: Cynthia Paces, department chair and professor of history at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Professor Paces teaches courses on modern Europe and leads TCNJ’s Holocaust and Genocide Study Tour. She is the author of Prague Panoramas: National Memory and Sacred Space in the Twentieth Century and is currently researching commemorations of the 1942 Lidice Massacre. A book signing of Prague Panoramas: National Memory and Sacred Space in the Twentieth Century will follow her talk.

Location of this lecture is the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, first floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

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