2016-'17

All events were free and open to the public.

Fall 2016

Living on Ohlone Land
Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m., USF

Growing Layering theater, film, poetry, prayer, and Hip Hop, Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone activist Corrina Gould and educator-artist-activist Ariel Luckey jointly perform connections between sacred spaces in the Bay Area and Belarus. With Gould focusing on her work with Indian People Organizing for Change and the Sogorea Te' Land Trust and Luckey performing excerpts from his solo show Free Land and sharing stories of his journey to his ancestral village in Eastern Europe, the two will together articulate a vision for reclaiming the sacredness of the land beneath our feet.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

From Ferguson to Flint, Tamir to Trayvon: Human Rights in Twenty-First-Century America
Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., USF

Human rights activist and executive director of the Northern California Innocence Project, Hadar Harris, delivered the second annual Human Rights Lecture of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice on criminal justice, human rights, and change in the United States. An international human rights attorney using a comparative lens, Harris’s talk places today’s seemingly intractable crises related to American political and racial in/justice in a broader historical context, using the continuum of changing discourses, movement building, technological innovation, and shifting state behavior to uncover a place from which we can act collectively and individually to move society toward its potential.

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, Human Rights Advocates of the School of Law, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Judaisms Book Launch
Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., USF

A lecture, reading, and book launch with Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, and Chair of the Department in Theology & Religious Studies. Hahn Tapper spoke about his new book, Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities, which presents the first comprehensive analysis of Jewish communities, from the time of the Hebrew Bible through today, using an interdisciplinary lens rooted in Identity Studies.

Torah Told Different Book Launch
Nov. 29, 7 - 6:30 p.m., Fromm Hall

A lecture, reading, and book launch with acclaimed writer and poet Andrew Ramer, faculty member of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice and Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies. Ramer spoke about his new book, Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan/Poly/Post-Denominational World, which reinvents Jewish history in profound and creative ways, inviting readers to ask, “What does it mean to be a Jew in the twenty-first-century? And what gives us hope and dreams in a troubled world of trembling possibilities?”.

Spring 2017

Social Justice, Racial Equality, and Jewish Communities
Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m., JCCSF

Stosh Cotler is one of the most important voices in the Jewish American community today. As CEO of the Bend the Arc, the leading progressive Jewish organization working to make this nation one that honors the dignity of all communities, she is currently at the forefront of advancing civil and human rights in the United States. With more than twenty-five years of leadership experience as an educator, trainer, and organizer within social and economic justice movements, Cotler delivered the JSSJ's seventh annual Social Justice Lecture on the prophetic role the Jewish community must play in advancing social justice in the twenty-first-century America and in our new political landscape.

Co-sponsored by JCCSF and the Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies.

Sexual Violence on Campus: Hook-up Culture to Rape
Mar. 7, 7:00 p.m., USF, Mclaren Complex

This opening night event for the USF Global Women’s Rights Forum (GWRF) will feature Leah Fessler and USF Cultural Centers’ students using art, dance, and spoken word to express the grave and multi-varied situation of sexual violence on college campuses today. Fessler is a modern culture writer, public speaker, and creative professional focusing on the intersections of romance, sexual culture, gender dynamics, and technology.

Co-sponsored by GWRF, JCCSF, and the Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies.

The ‘Embarrassing’ Bible: Ancient Jews & Christians on the Disappointment of Scripture
Mar. 22, 6:30 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Part I of a special three-part series, in which we hear from local scholars of national renown about the two-millenium history of Jewish/Christian relations in three distinct periods. Organized in conjunction with Prof. Jeremy Brown's course "The Jewish-Christian Relationship." Co-sponsored by the Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice, the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies & Social Thought, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

The Importance of Household for Understanding Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations
Mar. 29, 6:30 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Part II of a special three-part series, in which we hear from local scholars of national renown about the two-millenium history of Jewish/Christian relations in three distinct periods. Organized in conjunction with Prof. Jeremy Brown's course "The Jewish-Christian Relationship." Co-sponsored by the Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice, the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies & Social Thought, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

’A Gift for the Jewish People’: The Yiddish New Testament & the 20th-Century Mission to the Jews
Apr. 5, 6:30 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Part III of a special three-part series, in which we hear from local scholars of national renown about the two-millenium history of Jewish/Christian relations in three distinct periods. Organized in conjunction with Prof. Jeremy Brown's course "The Jewish-Christian Relationship." Co-sponsored by the Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice, the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies & Social Thought, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.