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  • Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Fake News! The View from Israel’s Military Occupation
     Rebecca L. Stein, Duke University department of Anthropology

    This paper studies the impact of new photographic technologies and image-sharing
    platforms on the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. Taking its cue
    from Trumpian political discourse, I focus on the right-wing Jewish Israeli reckoning with
    the growing visual archive of Palestinian injury at Israeli state or settler hands – a
    reckoning that occurs through the discourse of “fake news,” or the charge that such images
    are fraudulent or manipulated in some regard to produce the damning portrait of Israel. I
    will trace the long colonial history of repudiation in the Israeli context, its modification in
    the digital age, and consider the ways it has become an increasingly standard right-wing
    response to images of state violence believed to damage Israel’s global standing. I will
    argue that the fraudulence charge is marshalled as a solution to the viral visibility of Israeli
    state violence -- a charge that works to bring these damning images back in line with
    dominant Israeli ideology by shifting the narrative from Palestinian injury to Israeli
    victimhood. The story of the “fake” image of Palestinian injury endeavors strip the visual
    field of its Israeli perpetrators and Palestinian victims, thereby exonerating the state. Or
    such is the fantasy.
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Events Archive


Ongoing Events

Hebrew Language Table, February 8, 2016–May 20, 2016
Kline, President's Room  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hebrew Language Table, September 5, 2016–December 22, 2016
Kline, President's Room  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hebrew Language Table, February 6, 2017–May 15, 2017
Kline Commons  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


  Saturday, November 21, 2015
Israeli Film
Preston Theater, 110  7:00 pm
The 2nd Israeli film to be screened this semester is a critically acclaimed quasi-documentary filmed and animated in the Rotoscopy technique. The viewer accompanies the director in his attempt to reconstruct and re-imagine his traumatic experience in Beirut during the Israeli military incursion of 1982. His venture reveals a dark chapter in his personal life and in the story of the Civil War in Lebanon.The film became the first animated film to have received a nomination for either an Academy Award or a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Also, it is the first R-rated animated film to be considered for those honors. Some of the subject matter of the film has led to it's being banned in Lebanon. The film also became the first Israeli winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film since The Policeman (1971), and the first documentary film to win the award.Come experience history through a creative lens!

Yarden Amir
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Israeli Cooking Workshop
Center for Spiritual Life (Village A Basement)  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learning how to make Shakshuka with Yarden!

Yarden Amir  518-965-7549
  Sunday, November 8, 2015
Israeli Cooking Workshop
Village A, Basement Kitchen  7:00 pm
We welcome you to our Israeli cooking workshop! We will meet at the kosher kitchen in the basement of Village A to learn how to cook a seminal Israeli dish - Shakshuka! Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a tomato, red pepper and coriander sauce, enjoyed with plenty of tahini and eaten with good bread. Ask your Israeli friends how good it really is.

In order to prepare for this event we ask that participants sign up in advance.

Sponsored by: Jewish Studies Program
Yarden Amir
  Monday, November 2, 2015
Queer Jewish Heroes and Scoundrels
A talk on issues of sexual identity and Jewish tradition featuring two leading queer rabbis.
Olin Language Center, Room 115  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rabbi Kerry Chaplin of Vassar College and Rabbi Steve Greenberg will speak about the complicated relationships, past, present, and future, between Judaism and the LGBTQ world. This event is co-sponsored by Religion, Jewish Stduies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the JSO, the QSA, Trans Life Collective, and the Center for Spiritual Life. Dessert will be served.

Sponsored by: Chaplaincy; Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Religion Program
David Nelson  201-956-8228
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Israeli Film Screening
Preston  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Yarden Amir  518-965-7549
  Sunday, November 1, 2015
Israeli Film Screening
Preston Theater, 110  8:00 pm
Shalom! I would like to invite everyone to the first Israeli cultural event of the year – a screening of a comedy-drama.. The film centers on a father and son's strained relationship when both are considered for the same revered academic prize. Lying underneath their personal drama is a comparison between two generations of academia each represented by father and son.The film has won the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.Consider this a good way to unwind after Halloween weekend, before going back to class!The film will be screened in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Sponsored by: Jewish Studies Program
Yardin Amir
Monday, May 4, 2015
Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler As Writer and Scholar
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center, The Bard Translation Initiative, Jewish Studies, German Studies, and Human Rights Project.

H.G. Adler (1910-1988) felt it important to employ every means available to him to grapple with the Holocaust, and the question of how we do so as readers and thinkers is one that still resonates with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps in the spring of 1945. The author of  Theresienstadt 1941-1945 - The Face of a Coerced Community, published in 1955 and forthcoming in English from Cambridge University Press, he was one of the earliest scholars to write extensively on the Shoah and was a pioneer of Holocaust Studies. Adler, however, did not stop with scholarship, choosing as well to write six novels about his experience in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other camps. Three of them, Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall, form a trilogy that covers the lead up to, immersion within, and survival of the camps, and are now available in English translation from Random House.

This event will offer a unique opportunity to consider the intersection of both the scholarly and artistic work of a major thinker and writer who is just becoming known in English. Jeremy Adler, the author's son and Professor of German at King's College London, will offer a keynote address on what it means to see his father's scholarship, fiction, and poetry at last gaining worldwide attention. Amy Lowenhaar, editor of the Theresienstadt book, will speak on the significance of Adler's  scholarship, followed by Belinda Cooper and Peter Filkins, the translators of Adler's scholarship and fiction, respectively, who will discuss the challenges posed by Adler's multiple voices and genres. Professors Roger Berkowitz, Cecile Kuznitz and Wyatt Mason will serve as respondents and will lead the question and answer session to follow. There will also be a performance of Viktor Ullmann's song settings of two poems by Adler, which were composed in Theresienstadt, performed by tenor Rufus Müller accompanied by Laurence Wallach.

Schedule4:00pm Introduction by Peter Filkins
4:05pm Keynote, Jeremy Adler
4:15pm Panel, H.G. Adler as scholar and writer - Amy Lowenhaar & Jeremy Adler (Roger Berkowitz, moderator)
Performance - Immer Inmitten and Vor der Ewigkeit (Rufus Müller and Laurence Wallach)
4:40 Remarks by Bill T. Jones on Analogy/Dora: Tramontane
4:50pm Panel, Translating H.G. Adler - Belinda Cooper & Peter Filkins
5:10pm Respondents: Wyatt Mason & Cecil Kuznitz
5:25pm - 5:45pm Q&A

May 4th, 2015 at 4pm
Location: Bard Hall
Free and Open to the Public

The Hannah Arendt Center  845-758-7878
Download: Adler-Ullmann Cantatas.pdf
Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Monday, May 11, 2015
LAST DAY (Today): A painting exhibition by Rachel Frumkin
8:00 pm
Today is now the final day for viewing the painting exhibition by Bard tutor of Hebrew, Rachel Frumkin.  Please enjoy.

Rachel Frumkin  845-758-7600
Saturday, April 18, 2015
A Little Bit of a Whole Bunch
Noach Lundgren - Senior Concert 1
Olin Hall  8:00 pm

Program: if blues were green Eamon Goodman, flute Viktor Tóth, clarinet Jackson McKinnon, piano Noach Lundgren, electric bass Simón Zerpa, violin Chris Beroes-Haigis, cello


Jackson McKinnon, piano

1. Bleeding Heart 2. Snapdragon

Chris Gunnell & Michael Bouteneff, drum set

הירהורים לבסיסט חשמלי Hirhurim L'Basist Chashmali (Reflections for electric bassist)

Noach Lundgren, electric basses, voice

חי: תהילים י״ח לבסים Chai: T'hilim XVIII L'Basim (Chai: Psalm 18 for basses)

Muir Ingliss & Ethan Isaac, basses John Stajdhuhar & Noach Lundgren, upright basses

אין מילים Ain Milim (There Are No Words)

Jerusha Kellerhouse, violin Noach Lundgren, upright bass

חלק ליבי Chelek Libi (Piece of My Heart)

Jesse Goldberg, piano Scot Moore, violin Chris Beroes-Haigis, cello

Sponsored by: Breykhat Barvaz Y'tzirot Muzikah; Music Program
Noach Lundgren  845-706-9003
  Monday, April 13, 2015
An Evening with Sarah Wildman
Bard College’s Human Rights Project, Jewish Studies, Hannah Arendt Center, Difference and Media, Center for Civic Engagement, and the Literature Program Present: An Evening with Sarah Wildman
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  5:00 pm
Sarah Wildman is the author of Paper Love. The 2014 Barach Non Fiction Writing Fellow was awarded to her at the Wesleyan Writers Conference and she also won the 2010 Peter R. Weitz Prize, from the German Marshall Fund, a prize awarded for “excellence and originality.”Here is a brief description about Sarah’s book, to learn more, visit: http://www.sarahwildman.comYears after her grandparents’ had both passed away, Wildman found a cache of letters written to her grandfather in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; what was written instead opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: these were mailed from the woman in the photo. Her name was Valerie Scheftel—Valy. She was Karl’s lover, who had remained in Europe when he boarded a ship bound for the United States in Hamburg in September 1938.  But why had she not left with Karl? And more important, what had happened to her? With the help of the letters Valy had written her grandfather, Wildman started to piece together her story. The letters revealed a woman desperate to escape and still clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Difference and Media Project; Hannah Arendt Center; Human Rights Program; Human Rights Project; Literature Program
Julia Tinneny  215-378-2767
  Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Friday, April 3, 2015
BPI Passover Haggadah Supplement
Website  8:00 am – 11:00 pm
BPI has republished the Passover Haggadah supplement again this year based on popular demand! It can be downloaded from our website at:  It's intended to stimulate lively discussions about mass incarceration in America and the role of higher education in prisons.

Sponsored by: Bard Prison Initiative
Amanda Pierce  845-758-7828
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Mother Tongues and Other Tongues: Jews, Zionism, and the Politics of Language in Interwar Palestine
Liora Halperin
Assistant Professor of History & Jewish Studies
University of Colorado–Boulder

Olin, Room 204  6:00 pm
Liora Halperin is an Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado--Boulder. Her research focuses on Jewish cultural history, Jewish-Arab relations in Ottoman and Mandate Palestine, language ideology and policy, and the politics surrounding nation formation in Palestine in the years leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Her first book, Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948 was published last November by Yale University Press. 

Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Historical Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Translation Initiative
Omar Cheta  845-758-6822 x6265