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University of San Diego Professor speaks about cinema

From: Margo L.
Sent on: Monday, October 8, 2012 10:04 PM

For those who have not yet heard, Prof. Lawrence Baron of the University of San Diego will be in Hartford at the end of October speaking at a number of locations.  He is officially hosted by the Univesity of Hartford, and although all his presentations relate to his new book, "The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema," we carefully coordinated to be sure he speaks on different topics at each presentation.


I am co-hosting him on Sunday, October 28th at the Mark Twain House.  The program will last about 2-1/2 hours including Q&A and intermission, with a booksigning to follow:


Professor Lawrence Baron

Sunday, October 28, 2012 / 10:00am – 1:00pm

at the

Mark Twain House

351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford 06105 


Ticket Prices:

(one price includes both lectures & refreshments) 

$10 adults  /  $8 seniors/students

Reserved Seats, First Four Rows = $18

All seats $25 at the door if seats are available

Mail your payment and names of guests to the Adult Learning Committee at Congregation Beth Israel or call the CBI office to pay with credit card.   Questions:?  Call (860)[masked] x 427 or email [address removed].


Two Lectures for the Price of One!

·   The Wandering View: The Jewish Immigrant in World Cinema - The common yet different experiences of Jewish immigrants portrayed on screen from the masses who entered the US at Ellis Island, the early pioneers to Palestine, the refugees fleeing the Holocaust, the displaced persons returning to countries that had persecuted them or fleeing to Israel on the eve of its statehood, to the diverse array of Jews who recently have arrived in Israel and the United States.

·   The Reluctant Rescuer from Schindler’s List to Hotel Rwanda - This lecture traces and accounts for the shift from the image of rescuers of victims of genocide and persecution as courageous heroes like Raoul Wallenberg to more morally ambiguous characters like Oskar Schindler and Paul Ruseabagina. 


Lawrence Baron has held the Nasatir Chair of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University since 1988 and directed its Jewish Studies Program until 2006. He has authored and edited four books, most recently The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema (Brandeis University Press: 2011) which will be for sale after the presentations, when Prof. Baron will be signing copies of his books.

Prof Baron delivered the keynote address for Yad Vashem’s first conference devoted to Hollywood and the Holocaust.  His full biography will be linked on the CBI website.  Light kosher refreshments will be available during the book signing.  You are welcome to join a tour of the Mark Twain House after the lecture; tickets will be available (additional charge) at the MTH reception desk and are guided by staff and docents of the Mark Twain House.

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