Fischmann Family Distinguished Lecture

Annual Fischmann Family Distinguished Lecture

A headshot of Guatemalan Jewish fiction writer Eduardo Halfon, and a book cover for his work "The Polish Boxer"
The 2017 Fischmann Lecture, featuring Eduardo Halfon and The Inheritance of Memory

The Fischmann Family Distinguished Lecture is hosted by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Jewish Studies Program.

The distinguished lecture allows us to bring to LMU an important scholar whose work has had a major impact in the field of Jewish studies, as it comes into contact with the broader field of American culture,” says Holli Levitsky, director of the Jewish Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University.

The event is made possible through the generosity of the Fischmann Family.

Current & Past Events

  • 2017: Eduardo Halfon and the Inheritance of Memory

    ‌2017: Eduardo Halfon and the Inheritance of Memory

    Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Order of Events:

    • Introduction: Holli Levitsky, Professor of English, Director of Jewish Studies Program, Loyola Marymount University
    • Speaker: Eduardo Halfon, award-winning Guatemalan writer specializing in Jewish fiction, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, author of 11 books, reading from his work "The Polish Boxer"
    • Respondent: O.R. & Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature, Trinity University
    • Kosher dessert reception

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  • 2016: "Freedom of Speech on College Campuses"

    ‌2016: "Freedom of Speech on College Campuses"

    Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Order of Events:

    • Introduction: Michael Waterstone, Fritz B. Burns Dean, Loyola Law School
    • Speaker: Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the UC Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science
    • Moderator: Evan Gerstmann, Professor of Political Science, Loyola Marymount University
    • Kosher dessert reception
  • 2016: Waiting for America: Stories of Jewish-Russian Emigration

    ‌2016: Waiting for America: Stories of Jewish-Russian Emigration

    Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
    Location: McIntosh Center, University Hall 3999

    Speaker:

    A reading and discussion with Maxim D. Shrayer, acclaimed Russian-American author, translator, literary scholar, and Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College and the author of twelve books in English and Russian, among them the acclaimed memoirs Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration and Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story and also I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah.

  • 2014: It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba

    ‌2014: It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Other History of Jews in America

    Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Events:

    • Reception
    • Speaker: Josh Kun- Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
      • A multimedia exploration of the cultural and Political relationships between U.S. Latinos and U.S. Jews through the sounds of popular music. Featuring both Jewish artists engaging with Latin music styles and Latino artists engaging with Jewish themes, topics, and audiences, the talk followed the evolution of a musical relationship from early twentieth century novelty songs through 1970's salsa classics
  • 2013: Jewish Ethics and Western Legal Ethics

    2013: Jewish Ethics and Western Legal Ethics: The Inextricable Link

    Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013
    Location: Ahmanson Auditorium

    Featuring Laurie Levenson
    Professor of Law and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy, Loyola Law School

    Kosher reception