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“Jews of Africa” with Ugandan Chief Rabbi Gershom Sizomu

Thursday, November 14, 2019 l 6:30 p.m. l USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maier Room

Jews are an amalgam of many peoples and include a multitude of ethnicities, languages, nations, and tribes. Although there have long been sub-Saharan African Jewish communities, little is known about them. Come learn about the Ugandan Jewish community, with their leader, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu.

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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“Climate Change, Disability, and the Politics of Survival” with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser

Thursday, November 7, 2019 l 6:30 p.m. l USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Xavier Room

Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies Georgetown University, disability activist, and an advocate for queer and gender justice, will deliver the fifth annual Swig Program Human Rights Lecture bringing ancient Jewish texts into conversation with disability studies, queer theory, and feminist climate ethics.

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

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“Cosmic Diaspora Trio Band” with John Schott, Josh Horowitz, and Jake Marmer

Thursday, October 17, 2019 l 6:30 p.m. l USF Main Campus, Malloy Hall, Tarantino Plaza

The Cosmic Diaspora Trio band brings together experimental poetry, jazz, and klezmer music in an eclectic, fluid, and improvised manner that integrates science fiction, Jewish mysticism, exilic and immigrant experience, and myth and ritual. Comprised of Grammy-nominated guitarist and Bay Area legend John Schott, foremost klezmer player and expert of keys/accordion Josh Horowitz, and poet Jake Marmer, they will play as part of the campus celebration of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday celebrating openness, hospitality, and the powerful transience of life.

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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.