October 23, 2000
UCSC hosts conference on the work of Latin American Jews
On Sunday and Monday, November 12 and 13, UCSC will host a two-day conference
entitled, "Thinking About Diaspora: Latin American Jewish Writers and Filmmakers."
This conference will look at many aspects of Latin American Jewish culture including
music, literature, and film.
The keynote talk on Monday will be delivered by Manuela Fingueret, discussing her recent novel, Hija del Silencio (Child of Silence), which explores themes of exile, the Holocaust, and Argentinean Jewish life in a time of dictatorship.
The conference is sponsored by the Helen and Sanford Diller Family Endowment for
Jewish Studies, the Neufeld-Levin Chair in Holocaust Studies, the Koret Foundation,
the Department of Literature and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the Institute for Humanities
Participating scholars include:
Zachary Baker, Judaica librarian at Stanford; Jacobo Sefami, chair of Spanish
and Latin American literature, UC Irvine; Aminadav Dyckman, assistant professor of
comparative literature, Pennsylvania State University; Felicia Fahey, assistant professor
of Spanish language and literature, University of San Francisco; Misha Klein, Ph.D.
candidate, anthropology, UC Berkeley; David Hirsch, Judaica librarian, UCLA; Elizabeth
Hadas of the University of New Mexico Press; and UCSC scholars Norma Klahn, Julianne
Burton-Carvajal, Murray Baumgarten, Wlad Godzich, Dascha Inciarte, and Warren Hoffman
from the Literature Department. Keynote addresses will be given by the Mexican filmmaker,
Guita Schyfter, and the Argentinean novelist, Manuela Fingueret.