News and Events

November 15, 2014
Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


NEW WALLED ORDER: The Aesthetics and Politics of Barriers 

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the breach of the Berlin Wall, and the opening of Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful at the J. Paul Getty Museum, scholars and artists reflect on the social impact of walls and barriers. Speakers address both the physical and symbolic significance of walls erected to contain and separate peoples. Scholars situate specific walls in historical and social contexts, examine their regional impact, and explore the dynamics of their local and global political roles. Visual artists reflect on art’s ability to mediate and ameliorate the presence of specific walls, echoing the profound impact Koudelka’s “Invasion” photographs had on world perception of the Cold War after 1968.

Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or click here.

Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies.

Additional support provided by UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, UCLA International Institute, and UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.


November 16, 2014
Sunday, 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall


Dr. Anat Gilboa 

Marc Chagall גלגולים 
Transforming a 20th Century Ashkenazic Cultural Icon Into 21st Century Idioms: 
Marc Chagall מאַרק שאַגאַל 

Marc Chagall (1887-1985), a Russian-born Jewish artist, created an iconographic vocabulary combining fantasy and reality. Chagall's Jewish themes are based on Biblical stories, his Hasidic upbringing, and life in the Shtetl - but he also included themes from Christian and secular culture as well.

Chagall's themes, such as Jewish weddings, music and theatre have had an enduring influence on Israeli visual culture. Israeli art at the same time aspires to distance itself from its Diasporic past and to instead, create an idiosyncratic new reality. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Anat Gilboa, Ph.D, is an art historian specializing in early modern art, Jewish and Israeli visual culture and film. She has taught at universities in Israel, Canada, and the US and is the recipient of the AICE/Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor Fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Gilboa's research, academic courses and public talks reflect a focus on a cross-disciplinary analysis of Jewish and Israeli visual culture and film, history, politics, religion, gender themes, music and literature. She is the author of two books and numerous publications in American and European journals and conferences.

This CIYCL event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages.

For more information and to RSVP: 310-745-1190

November 19, 2014
Wednesday, 4:00 pm
11360 Charles E. Young Research Library

Dual Book Launch

Hypercities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities

Todd Presner (UCLA), David Shephard (UCLA), Yoh Kawano (UCLA)

HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities describes the ethics of mapping the past and present. The authors examine the time-layers of Jewish Berlin, the media archaeology of Google Earth, the cultural–historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent events—such as the “Arab Spring” and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—through social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams.

Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production

Johanna Drucker (UCLA)

The computers and smart phones that constantly flood us with images do more than simply convey information. They structure our relationship to information through graphical formats. Drucker argues that learning to interpret how visual forms not only present but produce knowledge is now an
essential skill. 

Fusing digital humanities with media studies and graphic design history, Graphesis provides a descriptive critical language for the analysis of graphical knowledge. Drucker outlines the principles by which visual formats organize meaningful content. Among the most significant of these formats is the graphical user interface (GUI)-the dominant feature of the screens of nearly all consumer electronic devices.

Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the UCLA Digital Humanities Program, UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education, UCLA Library, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature and the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages

Hypercities: $24.95
Graphesis: $23.95

While the event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required.
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November 20, 2014
Thursday, 7:00 pm
UCLA Hillel



Dr. Piotr Cywinski, Director, Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

For the Good of Tomorrow, Preserve Yesterday

Twenty years ago, the International Auschwitz Council confronted this harsh reality: the ravages of time were devouring every barrack, building, shoe and suitcase remaining from the twisted world that was Auschwitz-Birkenau under the Nazis. Join Piotr Cywiński, a historian with a background in inter-religious dialogue, for a stimulating and provocative presentation of how the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum, a pilgrimage destination for 1.5 million annual visitors from around the world, functions in contemporary Poland, and what is needed to preserve it.

Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and UCLA Hillel
Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of History and UCLA Department of Germanic Languages

While the event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required.
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