September 4: Eric Trager,(Washington Institute for Near East Policy), From Mubarak to Morsi to Sisi – What is Egypt’s Future?, 7 pm, UWM Music Recital Hall.

September 10: Stuart Rojstaczer, The Mathematician’s Shiva, 7 pm, Boswell Book Company.

September 18: Lisa Silverman (UWM), “Art of Loss: Madame d’Ora and the Restitution of Jewish Property in Austria after the Holocaust," 6:15 pm, Milwaukee Art Museum, Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture, free for MAM members and free for non-members with Jewish Chronicle ad.

September 19: An Interactive Kabbalat Shabbat with Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Friday, September 19, 6:15 pm, Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun. This service/performance will replace the cancelled Slichot Program originally scheduled for Saturday, September 20th at UWM's Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

October 19: Film and talkback with Patrice Petro, UWM Professor of English, Film Studies, and Global Studies and Vice Provost for International Education, Regarding Susan Sontag – 2014 (USA) – 101 minutes, 1:00 pm, Union Theatre.

October 23: The Short Fiction of Ana María Shua: A Bilingual Reading and Conversation, 6:30 pm, 4th Floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library.

October 26: Film and talkback with Tasha Oren, UWM Associate Professor of English and Media Studies, Cupcakes – 2013 (Israel) – 90 minutes – Hebrew with subtitles, 1:00 pm, Union Theatre.

October 30: Kate Bornstein, "On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us," 7:00 pm, UWM Union Ballroom.

November 17: David Bezmozgis, The Betrayers, 7:00 pm Boswell Book Company.

December 7: Simon and the Oaks - 2011 (Sweden) - 122 minutes - Swedish/German/Hebrew with subtitles, 9:00 pm, Union Theatre.

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Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium

Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium, a forum for scholars in the Milwaukee area to present their research in progress to Milwaukee-area faculty, academic staff, and graduate students. We plan to meet several times each academic year, with some sessions at Marquette and some at UWM. Over time, the colloquium will showcase research projects covering a broad swath of the field: from ancient to modern times, and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The inaugural session will take place on Thursday, November 13, from 3:30 to 5 pm, at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies (Greene Museum, between Greene Hall and Sabin Hall, 3367 N. Downer Avenue). Light kosher refreshments will be served.

Our first presenter will be Michelle Bolduc, Associate Professor in the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature, and Coordinator of the MA program in Language, Literature, and Translation (MALLT) at UWM. Her presentation, "Exile and Translation: The Belgian Occupation and the Development of the New Rhetoric Project," comes from her current book project, which was recently awarded a prestigious NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations grant. A description of her talk is below:

Michelle Bolduc, "Exile and Translation: The Belgian Occupation and the Development of the New Rhetoric Project"

In the late 1940s, two figures well known for their work in the Belgian resistance made an unusual ‘turn’ to rhetoric, considered at the time to be a musty art of style and literary figures. Chaïm Perelman (1916 – 1984), a Belgian Jew, joined in 1947 by Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca (1926 -1994), sought ways to redeem reason and civil society in the wake of war and genocide. Their collaboration resulted in the concept of the New Rhetoric Project (NRP) proposed in their magnum opus, The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation, in which they outlined a vision of rhetoric and argumentation as an answer to the post-war “crises of reason.”

We (especially English-only speakers) know very little of what led Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca—logical positivists before the war—to turn to rhetoric, and The New Rhetoric itself provides little explanation. This paper will explore how translation (in praxis and theory) can help to shed light on the origins of the NRP, and its roots in the ‘exilic’ experience of the Belgian Occupation.