Thirteenth Annual Greenfield Summer Institute: Jewish Memory and Nostalgia

This summer, from July 8th-12th, the University of Wisconsin Madison will be hosting the Greenfield Summer Institute, which is a four day long event consisting of lectures, round table discussions, films and concerts about Jewish culture, heritage and religion.  The event must be signed up for in advance and promises to be an enlightening experience for anyone interested in Hebrew studies.

Here is the full event description:

The Greenfield Summer Institute was the brainchild of Lawrence Greenfield, a member of the Center for Jewish Studies Board of Visitors, who first proposed the idea of an adult summer institute in the mid-1990s. The first Greenfield Summer Institute in 2000 brought together people from the Madison community and beyond to participate in a unique blend of continuing education, entertainment, and fellowship. Now underwritten by the generosity of Larry and Ros Greenfield, the Institute showcases the research of UW–Madison faculty and acclaimed Jewish Studies scholars from around the country. Each year the Institute’s lectures center around a theme (past years’ themes have included Jewish identity, Jews and politics, the “Wandering Jew,” Jewish Studies and the arts, Jews and gender, Israel, European Jewry, and American Jewish history). In addition to lectures that explore the year’s theme in depth, the Institute also features concerts, dinners, and other opportunities to socialize.

For even more info, go to the website here.


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