JAHLIT 2018 Schedule

Sunday, November 11, 2018

  • Opening Keynote session 1: Berel Lang

  • Monday morning, Session 2: Ruby Namdar

  • Mediterranean Dinner Buffet with wine; Klezmer Tango featuring Avi Hoffman

Monday, November 12, 2018

  • Session 1: Literature I (Wexler, Sabbath, Kreuter)

  • Session 2: Roth Roundtable (Goodhart, Osborne, Hirth, Gooblar)

  • Session 3: Ethical Considerations (Peterson, Levy, Friedman)

  • Session 4/Lunch: Cary Nelson

  • Session 5: Cultural Capital (Allen, Franco, Schreier)

  • Session 6: Literature II (Tanny, Ullman, Harel, Oster)

  • Session 7: Erika Dreifus

  • Dinner

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • Session 1: Humans and Savages (Goodhart, Pozorski, Lassner)

  • Session 2: Re-Making the Jewish Literary Canon (Shostak, Flanzbaum, Lang, Aarons)

  • Session 3/Lunch: Israeli Literature (Harris, Omer-Sherman)

  • Session 4: Memory and Memoir (Feinstein, Fromm, Korman Mains, Gessler)

  • Session 6: (Re)Considering Gender Roundtable (Lassner, Wilson, Safran Naveh)

  • Session 7: Disruptive Strategies (Shapiro, Starcevic, Stier)

  • Conclusion: Concert and appetizers

Tickets to attend are $50 per day, and can be purchased at the door, on the day of the event. Cash or checks will be accepted. Contact JAHLIT with any questions.



Sunday, November 11, 2018

5PM: Yiddish in American-Jewish Literature: More Than You Think

In The Gallery - The American-Jewish philosopher Berel Lang, Artist in Residence at The Betsy Writer's Room, has left an indelible impression on an unusually broad range of fields that few scholars can rival. From his earliest innovations in philosophy and meta-philosophy, to his ground-breaking work on representation, historical writing, and art after Auschwitz, he has contributed original and penetrating insights to the philosophical, literary, and historical debates on ethics, art, and the representation of the Nazi Genocide.

6:00PM: My Holocaust: How Growing Up in Israel with the Memory of the Holocaust Shaped My Identity and Influenced My Work

In The Gallery - Dr. Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Havivi (2000) won The Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House has won the Sapir Prize, Israel's most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative.

7:30PM: Klezmer Tango

In The Carlton Room - During World War II, tango was the rave on both sides of the Atlantic and Jewish composers added their voice to this popular genre. Aaron Kula has arranged Yiddish and Klezmer tunes to tango beats including I Love You Too Much by Olshanetsky & Leibeh (Love) Tango by Ellstein, performed with Kula on accordion, Mia Vassilev on piano and vocals by the Yiddishkeit Initiative's very own, along with The Betsy's Yiddish Salon's favorite son, Avi Hoffman.


1PM: The Universe is No Consolation: Hyam Plutzik and the Ethics of Post Holocaust Reading

In B Bar: Cary Nelson is an American professor emeritus of English and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was president of the American Association of University Professors between 2006 and 2012. In 1967, Nelson graduated from Antioch College. In 1970, he received a PhD in English from the University of Rochester, where poet Hyam Plutzik taught from 1942 to 1962. Dr. Nelson is the JAHLIT Hyam Plutzik Scholar in Residence for 2018.

5:30PM: Reading and Discussion with Erika Dreifus

In B Bar: Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans, a short-story collection that is largely inspired by the histories and experiences of her paternal grandparents, German Jews who escaped Nazi persecution and immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s. Erika earned degrees from Harvard University, where she taught history, literature, and writing for several years. Currently, she lives in New York City where she continues to write prose and poetry, and works as a freelance writer and book publicist.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

1PM: A Panel on Israeli Literature with Rachel Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman

In B Bar - Rachel Harris is Assistant Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative & World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her most recent book is Warriors, Witches, Whores: women in Israeli Cinema (Wayne State Press, 2017).

Ranen Omer-Sherman is The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Louisville. He is the author or editor of five books including Diaspora and Zionism in Jewish American Literature (2002), Israel in Exile: Jewish Writing and the Desert (2006), The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (2008), Narratives of Dissent: Ware in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture (2013), and most recently Imagining Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film (2015) as well as numerous essays on Jewish writers from Israel and North America. He currently serves as co-editor of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. In an earlier life, he was a founder of a desert kibbutz, served as a combat soldier in the IDF, and worked as a desert guide in the Sinai and Negev.

8PM: The Amernet Quartet presents: A Memorial for the Tree of Life, Pittsburgh

Featuring poet Geoffrey Philp reading his new poem, Shlomo's Return.

The Amernet Quartet plays a concert that includes Ravel's setting of the Kaddish, Zhitormorskii's Nigun, works by Schulhoff who perished in the Holocaust, and other works to honor both those that lost their lives in Pittsburgh, and those that live on to remember. The award-winning quartet (Jason Calloway, Misha Vitenson, Michael Klotz, and Franz Felkl) advocates for neglected works by composers of the Jewish diaspora, and plays the standard repertoire. The Amernet is the Chamber Ensemble in Residence at Florida International University.

The Betsy - South Beach is host hotel and principal sponsor of The Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Conference, held annually in Miami Beach. Additional support is provided by The Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation and The Betsy Community Fund at The Miami Foundation.

Sponsors: JAHLIT, The Betsy Hotel, PG Family Foundation, LT Steak & Seafood, The Alley, FIU Music, Books and Books, The Betsy Community Fund at The Miami Foundation, Yiddishkeit Initiative. 

The community is also invited to purchase access to the entire conference for a fee of $50 per day. See jahlit.com for tickets and access for scholar-presenters. Contact artsandculture@thebetsyhotel.com for more information.