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    Our text this week is Wiesel’s 1964 The Gates of the Forest, first published in French and translated to the English in 1966. This novel, set at the beginning of World War II, follows the struggle of a seventeen-year-old Hungarian Jew, Gregor, who is hiding from both Nazi and Hungarian forces in a cave in […]

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    Our last BUJS Forum of the year took place on April 27 in the Elie Wiesel Center library. Our speaker, Dr. Rachel Gordan, joined us to speak about how Judaism rose to prominence as a major American religion in the 1950s and 1960s, even becoming known as “America’s third faith.” The forum was titled after […]

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    What role did maps that depict the Holy Land and other biblical locations play in constructing spaces construed as “Jewish”? This is the question that drove our second BUJS forum of spring semester on February 13. Our speaker, Professor Jeffrey Shoulson (University of Connecticut), described his exploration of early maps as he tried to find […]

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    Elie Wiesel’s A Beggar in Jerusalem, originally published in 1968 as Le Mendiant de Jérusalem, explores the experiences of David, a Holocaust survivor, who visits Jerusalem after the Six-Day War. In A Beggar in Jerusalem, Wiesel weaves together a complicated understanding between the past and present as well as the spiritual and physical. He reveals these […]

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    Elie Wiesel’s A Jew Today originally appeared as Un Juif Aujourd’hui in 1978. The book is a collection of essays, stories, diary entries, portraits, and dialogues written between 1971 and 1978. These short pieces describe an evolving understanding of Jewishness woven out of current events, history, and memory. Wiesel writes about a wide variety of topics, including […]

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    Elie Wiesel received Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. His acceptance speech and related lecture, “Hope, Despair and Memory,” which was delivered in Oslo the day after his acceptance speech, are amongst his most well-known public addresses. This week we revisit his famous words by looking at particularly evocative passages so that we can reflect upon […]

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    Sages and Dreamers collects twenty-five years of lectures delivered by Elie Wiesel at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, connecting the heroes of the past both in scripture and in Jewish tradition with the present. Each figure, according to his 1991 preface, “stands for an epoch and its problems, conflicts, and aspirations which […]

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    In 2013, at the age of 82, Elie Wiesel unexpectedly had to undergo emergency open heart surgery. The procedure was successful and afterwards Wiesel explored his experience in a lecture that became this week’s text. It was to be his final book. The slim volume, Open Heart, provides an intimate portrait of Wiesel’s personality and […]

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    In the days leading up to the In Memory of Elie Wiesel: A Day of Learning and Celebration tribute event, we are expanding our analysis of Wiesel’s work and legacy by sharing thoughts by those who knew Wiesel and his work best. Our messages come from faculty and colleagues from Boston University, public servants and […]

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    Our community participation continues this week, with more messages about Elie Wiesel’s impact in the lives of so many. #1 Sonari Glinton, Business Desk Correspondent at NPR West, penned this thoughtful and moving piece about his professor Elie Wiesel following his passing. Read his NPR piece here: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/07/14/484558040/forgetting-isnt-healing-lessons-from-elie-wiesel. #2 Ariel Burger served as Professor Wiesel’s teaching fellow […]

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    Our final week of the retrospective includes more messages from those impacted by the work of Elie Wiesel, including words from Mayor Marty Walsh and former President Barack Obama. #1 Professor Stephen Esposito, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and First Semester Core Curriculum Coordinator at Boston University. “Some 60 years ago, Elie Wiesel, at the age […]

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    On October 19th and 20th, Israeli writer Dorit Rabinyan visited Boston University for a two-day residency, where she visited several Jewish Studies classes during the day and gave a public lecture in the evening at the Elie Wiesel Center. At 7pm on the 19th, Ms. Rabinyan spoke about her third novel All the Rivers, which […]

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    At 3pm on Monday October 2, a group of students, faculty, and scholars from a variety of disciplines met in the library of the Elie Wiesel Center for the first forum in the 2017-2018 iteration of the Modern Mediterranean Identities series. After some socializing over refreshments, EWCJS Director Michael Zank welcomed the audience in attendance […]

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    The Elie Wiesel Center screened journalist Nir Baram’s documentary The Land Beyond the Mountains, based on his book A Land Without Borders, to a packed audience of students and faculty in CAS 226 on Monday, October 30. The film follows Baram as he travels throughout the West Bank, meeting people with a variety of opinions […]

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    This was the first EWCJS event to be streamed live on Facebook. You can watch the livestream of Rabbi Anisfeld’s keynote speech here and the full panel here. On October 26th, the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies hosted the fourth annual Leo Trepp Lecture at Boston University. The Leo Trepp Lecture Series honors Rabbi […]

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    The Modern Mediterranean Identities series reconvened on November 17, 2017 in the EWCJS library, this time focusing on “Catholic Pasts and Futures in France.” Professor Zank welcomed the audience over lunch, and thanked Professor Kimberly Arkin for her continued work to make the series possible. Professor Arkin introduced Professor Elayne Oliphant, Assistant Professor of Anthropology […]

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    On the afternoon of December 4, 2017, Professor Jonathan Klawans (BU Department of Religion) spoke at the fall semester’s BUJS Research Forum. Elie Wiesel Center Director Michael Zank introduced Professor Klawans to a large and engaged audience of scholars and students. Klawans presented his sabbatical research on Mordecai Kaplan and Jewish antiquity with his talk […]

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