Joel Berkowitz and his research group, the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, were awarded a UWM Research Growth Initiative (RGI) award that will fund a three-day workshop in Milwaukee in October, as well as the digitization of the unpublished seventh volume of Zalmen Zylbercweig's Encyclopedia of the Yiddish Theatre, the most important reference work in the field.
Joel Berkowitz:The Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, a research consortium dedicated to the application of digital humanities tools and methods to the study of Yiddish theatre and drama. This blog gives us an opportunity to dip in and out of small moments within those stories: for example, discussing an actor’s contract, or a photo of a production, or a specific play, scene, or song.
In June, Joel Berkowitz presented papers at two conferences: "The World of Yiddish Today" at New York University, and "Yiddish Culture in Past and Present Scholarship: Histories, Ideologies, Methodologies" at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Lisa Silverman co-authored a new book, Holocaust Representations in History, with Daniel H. Magilow, April 2015.
In March, 2015 Rachel Baum was invited to present a workshop on digital storytelling at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover in Germany.
In March, 2015, Lisa Silverman’s peer-reviewed entry “Vienna” was published in Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies, ed. Naomi Seidman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Her peer-reviewed essay “Art of Loss: Madame d’Ora, Photography, and the Restitution of Haus Doranna,” was accepted for publication and will appear in the 2015 issue of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book.
In April 2015, Joel Berkowitz presented papers on Yiddish drama and the Holocaust at two conferences: "Global Yiddish Culture, 1938-1948" at the University of Toronto, and "Translation," the annual conference of UWM's Center for International Education.
In April, 2015, Holocaust Representation in History: an Introduction, the book Lisa Silverman co-authored with Daniel H. Magilow, was released in the United States by Bloomsbury Academic Press, London. Both authors presented the book for the first time at the Duke University Workshop on German-Jewish Studies, 15-17 February 2015. They will be presenting the book at two events in Milwaukee on November 3, 2015.
In May, 2015, Lisa Silverman co-convened the conference “Grammars of Coherence and Difference: Jewish Studies through the Lens of Gender Studies,” a conference sponsored by the Stahl Center and Barnard College.
Lisa Silverman was invited to Vienna, Austria to present “Jews, Property, and the Staatsgrundgesetz,” at the workshop “Empire, Socialism, and Jews: 1848, 1867, 1889 – Revolution, Emancipation, and Mass Politics,” held at the International Research Institute for Cultural Studies (IFK - Internationals Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften)) May 28-29, 2015.
In June 2015, Lisa Silverman presented “Jews, Property, and the Staatsgrundgesetz,” at the workshop “Empire, Socialism, and Jews: 1848, 1867, 1889 – Revolution, Emancipation, and Mass Politics,” held at the International Research Institute for Cultural Studies in Vienna, Austria.
In July, 2015 Lisa Silverman presented “Jews, Photography, and Fashioning the New Woman in Interwar Vienna,” at the Greenfield Sumer Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Guest Speaker Presentations
Sayed Kashua, Arab Labor at the UWM Music Hall
April 9, 2014
Marjorie Agosín, José Kozer, and Stephen Sadow , "Jewish Thought, Latin Flavor: Jewish Literature in Latin America" at the UWM Golda Meir Library Conference Center
October 23, 2013
Ambassador Dennis Ross, "Instability and the Transformation of the Middle East:
Threats and Challenges in 2013" at the UWM Music Recital Hall
July 10, 2013
Interviews With Guest Speakers
Interview with Stuart Rojstaczer, prior to his presentation at Boswell Book Company, conducted by Michael Nosonovsky, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
September 10, 2014
Interview with Alisa Solomon, prior to her presentation at Boswell Book Company, conducted by Joel Berkowitz, Director of the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
November 22, 2013
Interview with David Schneer, prior to his presentation at the Golda Meir Library Conference Center, conducted by Prof. Maggie Levantovskaya, Visiting Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
November 11, 2013
Interview with José Kozer, prior to his panel presentation at the Golda Meir Library Conference Center, conducted by Prof. César Ferreira, UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese
October 23, 2013
Interview with Marjorie Agosín, prior to her panel presentation at the Golda Meir Library Conference Center, conducted by Prof. César Ferreira, UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese
October 23, 2013
Interview with Stephen Sadow, prior to his panel presentation at the Golda Meir Library Conference Center, conducted by Prof. César Ferreira, UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese
October 23, 2013
Interview with Jill Dolan, prior to her lecture at the Golda Meir Library Conference Center, conducted by Prof. Anne Basting, UWM Department of Theatre
May 9, 2013
Interview with Samir El-Youssef, prior to his talk at Boswell Book Co., conducted by Prof. Rachel Harris, University of Illinois
November 14, 2012
Interview with Michael Berkowitz, prior to his lecture at the Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, conducted by Lisa Silverman, UWM Department of History
October 11, 2012
Interview with Lev Raphael, prior to his book reading at Congregation Sinai, conducted by Ruth Schwertfeger, UWM Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
March 5, 2012
Interview with Henry Sapoznik, prior to his presentation at North Shore Cinema, conducted by Joel Berkowitz, director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, UWM
October 24, 2011
Interview with Deborah Dash Moore, prior to her lecture at the Jewish Museum, conducted by Lisa Silverman, UWM Department of History
April 3, 2011
Interview with Peter Filkins, conducted by Chantal Wright, UWM Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and Translation Program
February 18, 2011
Stahl Center in the News
Rachel Baum was interviewed on WUWM’s Lake Effect for her role in helping to create the “Stitching History from the Holcaust” exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, based on fashion illustrations by Hedy Strnad, a Czech Jew who died with her husband during the Holocaust. UWM’s Digital Humanities Lab also helped bring Hedy’s sketches and story to life.
Lisa Silverman, professor with the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, was interviewed recently on Radio Solvenia regarding photographer Alice Schalek, December 2014.
Joel Berkowitz, director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, talks about Lembersky's choices and his work, as the Yiddish Book Center hosts the traveling exhibit "Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context," on exhibit in the Brechner Gallery through March 2015.
Joel Berkowitz, director of the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, is featured in the most recent issue, Number 69, Summer 2014 / 5774, of the Yiddish Book Center's PaknTreger Magazine discussing the past, present, and future of Yiddish theater.
Joel Berkowitz, director of the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, was interviewed for the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project on December 17, 2012 at AJS 2012 in Chicago, IL.
Yiddish theatre is moving into the 21st Century, by Kathy Quirk of UWM News.
April 16, 2014
Remembering the Holocaust, a lecture given by Rachel Baum at the University of South Florida on December 4, 2012
Palestinian speaker not an unusual Jewish studies center choice, by Joel Berkowtiz, Jewish Chronicle, December 31, 2012
The Klezmatics Rock Zelazo, by Jonathan Brodie of Third Coast Digest.
November 5, 2012
At UWM, an Immense Year of the Arts, by Tom Strini of Third Coast Digest.
November 1, 2012
Yiddish Theater, On The Margin, by Ted Merwin of The New York Jewish Week.
November 1, 2012
Target Margin Reimagines Yiddish Theater in 'Dukus', by Mark Dundas Wood of Backstage.
October 25, 2012
Composer Daniel Asia at Chamber Music Milwaukee, by David Bohn of Third Coast Digest.
September 17, 2012
Interview with Joel Berkowitz, conducted by Tom Luljak, Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications. UWM Today broadcast, WUWM Radio.
November 18, 2010