Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Galeet Dardashti and Dina Roginsky moderated by Yael Zerubavel
Location: Rutgers Hillel, 70 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Galeet Dardashti, Assistant Professor of Jewish Music and Musician-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology. Her many publications examine Israeli music/media, Mizrahi cultural politics, and Arab/Jewish artistic “coexistence,” and explore what drives artistic production in our globalized world. She has been a visiting scholar at NYU’s Taub Center for Israel Studies and at Rutgers Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Also a distinguished vocalist, Galeet Dardashti is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. She has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative performers of Jewish music today beginning with her work as founder and leader of the renowned all-woman ensemble Divahn.
Dina Roginsky,a Senior Lector of Modern Hebrew language and culture at Yale University. She writes about Israeli culture, folklore, dance, and ethnicity. Her doctoral dissertation, Performing Israeliness, analyzes the one-hundred-year social and ideological history of the Israeli folk dance movement. Roginsky is a co-editor of the book Dance Discourse in Israel, which explores the field of Israeli dance research. Before joining the faculty of Yale she taught at Tel-Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the University of Toronto. She is currently working on her book, Ideology in Motion.
Yael Zerubavel, Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and Professor of history and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. She is a scholar of memory studies with an expertise in modern Israeli society and culture. She is the author of the award-winning book Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition.