Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer, "Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of Transnistria"
University of Chicago, Classics Building, 1010 E. 59th Street, Room 110
What does it mean to survive or to inherit traumatic events that have been forgotten or denied, that have eluded the assumption of responsibility, judicial recognition, or acknowledgment by both national and transnational bodies? Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer will present the 2014 Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture, looking specifically at the work and the reception of writers and artists who were deported to Transnistria, an area that was annexed by Romania during the Second World War and became a “forgotten cemetery” in which hundreds of thousands of Jews and political prisoners perished. Just as Transnistria’s history fails to fit common conceptions of Holocaust persecution and murder, much of the vibrant intellectual and artistic activity that took place in its ghettos and camps also largely fails to fit the paradigms of Holocaust art or literature. Transnistria’s artists from the wartime era, both visual and literary, remain little known. Hirsch and Spitzer's research into this body of work aims to illuminate this little known chapter of Holocaust history, while also asking larger questions about possibilities of repair and redress in the aftermath, and the needs of the postgenerations who inherit these painful histories. Reception to follow.
Wednesday, April 23
Aren M. Maeir, "New Light on the Biblical Philistines: A Recent Study on the Frenemies of Ancient Israel"
University of Chicago Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th Street, Breasted Hall
Aren Maeir, professor in the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, and director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project of the Institute of Archaeology, will deliver the 2014 David Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture. Prof. Maeir will talk about recent excavations in Philistia, in particular those at Tell es-Safi, biblical Gath of the Philistines, hometown of Goliath, that have provided exciting evidence of the very complex interaction between the Philistines and Israelites and revealed the multi-layered facets of what could be termed a "frenemy" relationship between them. He will explain how recent finds have changed our understanding of who the Philistines were, where they came from, and how their culture formed, transformed, and eventually disappeared. Please register for this event at: kipper.eventbrite.com. Prof. Maier will also present the lecture, "The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project: An Overview after 17 years of Excavation," at the 2014 David Kipper Anceint Israel Workshop, Thursday, April 24, from noon - 1:00 p.m. For information, contact the events coordinator of the Oriental Institute at 773-834-9775.