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Announcing the Jewish Music Forum

James Loeffler writes:

Over the past two years, Mark Kligman, Judah Cohen and I have been working with the American Society for Jewish Music to design a new academic organization for Jewish music, the Jewish Music Forum. We’re now launching our first public events in the spring semester. We hope [these sessions] will be the beginning of a major new resource for all folks interested in researching Jewish music.

American Society for Jewish Music
Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011

The Jewish Music Forum, a new initiative of the American Society for Jewish Music, an affiliate of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History, is pleased to announce its inaugural academic seminar series. This ongoing seminar will feature leading scholars presenting new research findings and theoretical contributions to the academic study of Jewish music. All events are free and open to the public.

Jewish Music Forum
Spring 2005 Academic Seminar
"New Perspectives on Music in Jewish Life"

January 28
Professor Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University, Inaugural Lecture, "Memory and History in Jewish Music"

February 11
Professor Edwin Seroussi, Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, "Studying Jewish Music in Israel: Achievements, Failures and Challenges for the Future"
Guest chair and respondent: Professor Stephen Blum, City University of New York

March 11
Professor Judah M. Cohen, New York University, "Who Will Reclaim the Golden Sounds?: Judaism, Tradition, and Music Scholarship in an American Context"
Guest chair and respondent: Professor Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University

April 8
Professor Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, "Beyond Yiddishland: New Studies from the Jewish Musical Mediterranean"
Guest chair and respondent: Professor Uri Sharvit, Bar-Ilan University

May 13
James Loeffler, Columbia University, "Between Wissenschaft and Etnografiia: The Search for a Jewish Musical Science in Eurasia, Past and Present"
Guest chair and respondent: Dr. Ludmila Sholokhova, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

All sessions will take place on Friday mornings, beginning at 10:00 AM at the Center for Jewish History. Please RSVP via e-mail to the American Society for Jewish Music or tel: 212-294-8328. For additional information, please see www.jewishmusic-asjm.org.

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