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“Refugees in America” with Rabbi Lee Bycel

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 l 6:30 p.m. l USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

“Hope is the oxygen of my life.” These insightful words of Meron Semedar, a refugee from Eritrea, reflect the feelings of the eleven men and women featured in Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words, a new book written by Rabbi Lee Bycel, the USF Sinton Visiting Professor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Refugee Studies. Join us as Bycel shares the empowering stories from his incredible new book.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of International Studies and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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“Intersectional Jewish Social Justice: Dismantling Racism and Antisemitism as…” with Yavilah McCoy

Sunday, March 31, 2019  l 7 p.m. l USF Main Campus, McLaren Complex

Intersectional Jewish Social Justice: Dismantling Racism and Antisemitism as an Unapologetic Black Jewish Womanist Leader.

Yavilah McCoy will deliver the ninth annual Swig JSSJ program Social Justice Lecture, followed by a conversation between her and local social justice leader Rabbi Noa Kushner, founding rabbi of The Kitchen. Yavilah is the CEO of DIMENSIONS Inc. in Boston, and has spent the past 20 years working extensively in multifaith communities and partnering specifically with the Jewish community to engage issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. An educator, activist, and spiritual teacher, she is a Jewish woman and a person of color, and has designed numerous tools and methods that enable students and educators to be better citizens of the world through exploring differences and reaching for tangible solutions in allied engagement. A certified trainer for ADL’s World of Difference Institute, National Conference for Community and Justice, and the National Coalition Building Institute, she is also a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary Pastoral Training program and is a renowned speaker, educator, and spiritual practitioner.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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“Between the Wall and the Mall” with Dr. Marik Shtern

Thursday, March 21, 2019  l 5:30 p.m. l USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

UCSD Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Marik Shtern will discuss the geopolitics of conflict, class, and public space in contemporary Jerusalem. Marik is an urban geographer with an expertise in the geography of inter-group encounter, urban politics, and Jewish-Palestinian relations. He is also a social activist from Jerusalem who specializes in the sphere of community empowerment and strategic consulting for third sector organizations.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies program and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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“Intersex and Human Rights” with Dr. Suegee Tamar-Mattis

Thursday, October 25, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Founder of the Transgender Clinic of Santa Rosa, Family Medicine physician and Human Rights Watch researcher Dr. Suegee Tamar-Mattis will deliver the fourth annual Human Rights Lecture of the USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, “‘I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me’: Unethical Medical Surgeries on Intersex Children,” on the failure of the legal and medical communities to protect intersex children from unethical medical surgeries in the US.

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female. Worldwide, intersex infants and children are subjected to repeated non-consensual cosmetic surgeries and treatments to try to change their sex characteristics and appearance, causing terrible physical, psychological and emotional pain. These surgeries can have catastrophic outcomes. They are a violation of the child’s basic human right to autonomy and bodily integrity.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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“Chinese and Jewish” with Rabbi Jaqueline Mates-Muchin

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

The Jewish people have always been heterogeneous, Chinese Jews among them. In this talk by Rabbi Jaqueline Mates-Muchin — senior rabbi at Oakland’s Temple Sinai, native San Franciscan, and the first Chinese American rabbi in history — shares some of her insights on Jewish identities. Immediately following the talk, USF JSSJ Professor Oren Kroll-Zeldin has a conversation with Rabbi Mates-Muchin.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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“Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s” with Dr. Marc Dollinger

Thursday, September 13, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Berman Room

In this event, San Francisco State University Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, Marc Dollinger, will discuss his latest book, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s. Undermining widely-held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Dollinger’s research describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics, that drew blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism. Immediately following Dollinger’s talk, USF JSSJ faculty, Professors Reggie Daniels and Shaina Hammerman, will have a conversation with Dollinger about the book and its wider implications in terms of Blacks and Jews.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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“Speaking Truth to Power” with CNN’s Jake Tapper, 40th Anniversary USF Swig JSSJ Program

Sunday, April 22, 2018  l  4 p.m.  l  Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, Jake Tapper — CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent, Anchor of “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” and Anchor of “State of the Union” — will address the responsibility we have to speak truth to power.

 

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“Mass Incarceration, Police Reform, and People of Color” with Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Sunday, March 25, 2018  l  7 p.m.  l  JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco

As Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Rabbi Jill Jacobs is at the vanguard of the Jewish human rights movement, working to mobilize 1,800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. For the ninth annual JSSJ Social Justice Lecture, Rabbi Jacobs appears in conversation with Rabbi Michael Lezak, staff rabbi at the Glide Center for Social Justice of Glide Memorial Church and Foundation, and Dolores Canales, the co-founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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Jewish Christian Relationship Series – 2018

“The Synagogue of Satan” with Dr. Roberto Mata

Thursday, February 15, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Berman Room
“‘The Synagogue of Satan’: Jewish-Christian Polemic Or Negotiation of Ethnicity in the Apocalypse of John?” with Roberto Mata (Santa Clara University) In this three-part series, we learn from renowned scholars about the history of Jewish-Christian relations in the ancient, medieval and modern periods. Following each talk, speakers will be joined in conversation by members of the USF faculty.
This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Jesuit Foundation, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought.

“The Ashkenazic Toledot Yeshu” with Dr. Natalie Latteri

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Berman Room
“The Ashkenazic Toledot Yeshu: Jewish Stories about Jesus in Medieval Christendom” with Dr. Natalie Latteri (University of New Mexico) In this three-part series, we learn from renowned scholars about the history of Jewish-Christian relations in the ancient, medieval and modern periods. Following each talk, speakers will be joined in conversation by members of the USF faculty.

“Beyond the Pale: Visions of Christianity in Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism” with Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse

Tuesday, April 17, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Berman Room
In this three-part series, we learn from renowned scholars about the history of Jewish-Christian relations in the ancient, medieval and modern periods. Following each talk, speakers will be joined in conversation by members of the USF faculty.
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“Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, and the Victims We Don’t Know” with Avidan Y. Cover

Tuesday, October 24, 2017  l   6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Time and again police walk away from abusing and even killing civilians, particularly people of color, without any consequences or accountability. Rarely are police criminally charged or convicted. But they also frequently escape any sort of civil liability or even administrative discipline. How is this so? Despite more public attention, why does this state of affairs persist?

Renowned Law Professor and civil rights and human rights attorney Avidan Y. Cover will deliver the third annual JSSJ Human Rights Lecture, “Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, and the Victims We Don’t Know: Legal Murder of People of Color and Immunity for Police,” on the failure of the law to remedy police violence. Cover will address how the U.S. legal apparatus, including prosecutors and the courts, privileges police rights over citizen rights, applying standards that continually benefit police, leading to their immunity from criminal and civil liability. He will also examine how police practices are further insulated from accountability through political dealings that lead to collective bargaining agreements that protect the police at every stage. Finally, he will offer several reforms that should lead to holding the police to account. Following the lecture, USF Law School Professor Rhonda Magee, an expert on race, racism, and U.S. law, will offer a response. Thereafter, we will have a Q&A with attendees.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.