Fall 2018

The series Contemporary Israeli Voices was initiated, is curated and has been organized by Dalit Katz, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies.

This year the series is centered around women’s voices in the arts, academia, literature and films.

This year’s Contemporary Israeli Voices marks the 16th of this annual series. 

 

 

Monday, November 5, 2018, 8:00 PM

WARRIORS, WITCHES, WHORES: WOMEN IN ISRAELI CINEMA

SPEAKER: RACHEL S. HARRIS, Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign

The egalitarian ideals of the newly created Israeli state were not reflected on screen where women were marginalized and erased. This talk examines the social and political changes that have affected the representation of women, and examines how feminist filmmakers have fought against these inequities behind the camera and in the stories they tell. The presentation is based on Rachel’s recently published book by the same title.

 
Location: Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.  Free Admission.  Open to the Public.


 

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 8:00 PM

THE STRAWBERRY GIRL: A One Woman Play featuring Marianna Bassham

SPEAKERS: GUY BEN-AHARON, Artistic Director of the Israeli Stage

In this performance of a one-woman play, a German woman and her son Ludwig live in Poland, where her husband works at a “factory.” Their lives change after she meets a Jewish girl who grows strawberries, as big as a man’s fist. The play deals with the confrontation of blissful ignorance and a tragic personal intimacy.

 
Location: Daniel Family Commons, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT.  Free Admission.  Open to the Public.