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2017 Uhlman Family Seminar: Jewish Song, Comedy, and Storytelling in the Old and New Worlds

May 6, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm

This year’s annual Uhlman Seminar will focus on Jewish culture as revealed through entertainment: music, film, folklore, humor, and the storytelling components present in all of these arts. Ruth von Bernuth will open the seminar by establishing a foundation of Jewish folklore and storytelling, and Jane Peppler will tell us about her experience resurrecting the wry, satirical, cosmopolitan songs of Warsaw’s cabaret scene that were lost after the Holocaust. Next we’ll enjoy a special lunchtime performance of North Carolina-based klezmer band, The Klezbyterians, featuring Jane Peppler. Jarrod Tanny will trace the origins of contemporary Jewish humor from the Yiddish speaking shtetls of eastern Europe up through American popular culture today. Finally, Rachel Schaevitz will trace the evolution of Jewish influence in Hollywood, from its founding by Jewish immigrants, to today’s filmmakers who have brought distinctly Jewish identities and experiences to the silver screen.


Fools, Shlemiels, Shlimazels, and other Entertainers in Jewish Story Tellings
Ruth von Bernuth, Associate Professor of German and Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

Finding and Reviving Lost Yiddish Cabaret Songs of Inter-war Warsaw
Jane Peppler, Yiddish music specialist, artist, author and musician

From the Borscht Belt to the Bible Belt: Jewish Humor in Dixieland
Jarrod Tanny, Associate Professor and Block Distinguished Scholar in Jewish History, UNC – Wilmington

From a Hollywood of Jews to a Jewish Hollywood
Rachel Jones Schaevitz, Postdoctoral Scholar for the Public Humanities

Jewish Entertainment
A panel discussion with our speakers


9:15 a.m. to 5:30 pm Saturday, May 6, 2017. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 20). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 20). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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May 6, 2017
9:15 am - 5:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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