The Jewish Studies Program is pleased to host a variety of academic and popular conferences.


Exploring Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust, and Human Rights

Exploring Women's TestimonyAn international symposium sponsored by Colby College, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Human Rights Center of Maine

Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 8-10, 2014

This conference will examine gendered issues in relation to human rights abuses while exploring the works of memory and survival through women’s testimony. Guest presenters will share their unique perspective on those issues and analyze a variety of narratives through the lens of contemporary literature, art, film, and new media. Scholars, artists and social activists will initiate conversation about Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Egypt, England, France, Rwanda, Uganda and the United States. Click here for conference highlights or the complete program.

The Maine Conference for Jewish Life

June 3-5, 2014 (Shavuot 5774)

A pluralistic opportunity for superior Jewish learning and joyous celebration in central Maine. This conference will bring Jews from across the region together in order to gain familiarity with the jewels of Jewish civilization, convene with other Jews from around the state, exchange best practices for crafting successful rural Jewish lives, experience the benefits and challenges of celebrating in a pluralistic environment, and revel in Torah learning. Click here for more information.

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition book coverAnti-Judaism and Its Implications: A Symposium

Sunday, April 27, 2014

In Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (Norton, 2013), David Nirenberg seeks “to demonstrate how different people put old ideas about Judaism to new kinds of work in thinking about their world; to show how this work engaged the past and transformed it; and to ask how that work reshaped the possibilities of thought in the future.” This discussion-oriented symposium will explore implications of Nirenberg’s work through a series of roundtable conversations. Click here for the full program.

Maine Jewish History logo Discovering Maine’s Jewish History: The Second Maine Jewish History Conference

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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