JAHLIT 2017 Schedule

Monday, November 13, 2017

  • Opening Keynote session 1
  • Monday morning, Session 2 Papers (Lang, Naveh,Wilson)
  • Lunch and Session 3
  • Monday afternoon, Sessions 4 and 5 Papers (Nadal, Lassner, Gordon, Wexler, Shichtman, Moran, Millman-Miller)
  • Monday evening cultural event

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • Sessions 6 and 7 Papers (Goodhart, Neely, Osborne, Aarons, Gonshak, Stier)
  • Lunch and Session 8
  • Sessions 9 and 10 (Oster, Feinstein, Van Doren, Parrish, Flanzbaum, Berger)
  • Closing evening cultural event

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 12, 2017

Yiddish is Coming, Yiddish is Coming: A Screening of Menashe
Introduction and Audience Talk Back will be Hosted by Dr. Asher Milbauer and Dr. Holli Levitsky
"A powerful work of human drama" … in Yiddish (The Atlantic, 2017)

Deep in the heart of New York's notoriously secretive Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk, struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away. Directed by Joshua Weinstein. in Yiddish and English. RSVP>>

Monday, November 13, 2017

Author of THE POLISH BOXER, Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College
"A sophisticated hide and seek game … a stimulating and inspiring read." (The Guardian)

Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City, descendent from a Jewish family. He moved to the USA with his family at the age of ten. Although bilingual, Halfon chooses to write in Spanish and has published sixteen books. In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on The Polish Boxer, which was the first of his books to be published in English, in 2012, by Bellevue Literary Press, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection in 2012 and finalist for the International Latino Book Award 2013. RSVP>>


Pablo Cartaya, Author and Director of the Graduate MFA in YA Writing; Sierra Nevada College, Director of The Betsy’s Escribe Aquí/Write Here Project, funded by the Knight Foundation.

Geoffrey Philp, Poet, Miami Dade College; Philp, the author of five books of poetry and Caribbean born, has recently discovered his Jewish heritage. Philp’s "Poem for My Children" is one of 12 poems included on The Betsy’s Poetry Rail. He will read the poem live, at the rail, at the conclusion of the panel.  RSVP>>

Dr. Hank Greenspan
Psychologist, Playwright, and Sociologist, University of Michigan
"Greenspan delivered an emotional, heartfelt performance in which survivors reflected on the destruction and aftermath of their lives." (Eastern Echo)

REMNANTS is based on twenty years of conversations with Holocaust survivors. Forty minutes in length, the piece is stark and minimalist, each segment recreating moments in which survivors reflect not only on the destruction but also on their lives in the aftermath. REMNANTS was produced for radio in 1992 and distributed to NPR stations across the USA. As a stage play, REMNANTS has been presented at 200+ venues throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Britain, Israel, and the Czech Republic. RSVP>>

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dr. David Patterson, University of Texas at Dallas

At times reminiscent of the writings of Elie Wiesel, (his) eloquent testimony to Jewish faith is one of the best available … (Library Journal)
Dr. Patterson brings together the disciplines of philosophy, theology, Jewish thought, and Jewish mysticism in works that shed light on the
origins of religiously sanctioned violence and genocide. He is the Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas. RSVP>>

Director of the MFA Program; Virginia Tech
"(One of) Ten Young poets changing the face of poetry." (The Culture Trip)

Meitner is a first-generation American: her mother was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where her maternal grandparents settled after surviving Auschwitz, Ravensbruck and Mauthausen concentration camps. Books include: Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press); Ideal Cities (HarperCollins); Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press), and Copia (BOA Editions). RSVP>>


Public programs are underwritten by The Betsy - South Beach, The Knight Foundation, and PG Family Foundation for 2017. 

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.