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Milk and Honey: Childhood in the Jewish Imagination

Monday, March 11th 2019, 9:30am to 7:00pm
Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

Childhood is a phase of human life that shapes culture and is shaped by culture. Narratives, representations, social and educational structures, custom and household life are key factors in its formation. Please join us for this conference on childhood as it has been rendered, imagined and shaped in Jewish literature, poetry, ethnography, and history.

Conference Schedule: 

9:30am: Chana Kronfeld (UC Berkeley): “Constructing the Child Reader: Hebrew Poets Writing Children's Literature"

10:30am: Rachel Gross (San Francisco State University): “Playing with Nostalgia: Teaching Ashkenazi Heritage to Children and Parents”

11:30am: Nathaniel Deutsch (UC Santa Cruz): “The Ethnography of Jewish Children”


2pm: Ethan Katz (UC Berkeley): "The Young Jews Who Built the 1942 Insurrection of Algiers: Tracing Paths of Resistance from an Early Age"

3pm: Deena Aranoff (GTU) and Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford University) in conversation: “Is there a Talmudic childhood?”

4pm: Miriam Udel (Emory University, keynote): “'Kinder-Gortn': Jewish Children’s Literature as a Heterotopian Project"

5pm: Reception

5:30pm: “Jewish Children's Music of the Diaspora” with Rachel Valfer and Dan Cantrell