Loading Events

“New Horizons in Jewish Studies” A Talk by Janice Levi on Jews in Ghana – UC Irvine – May 20, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • This event has passed.

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” hundred_percent_height=”no” hundred_percent_height_scroll=”no” hundred_percent_height_center_content=”yes” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” link=”” target=”_self” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” hover_type=”none” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”undefined” dimension_margin=”undefined” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_text]

New Horizons in Jewish Studies Graduate Essay Prize:
Featuring this year’s winner Janice Levi (UCLA) and her research on Jewish Identity in Ghana

With a response from Professor Laura Mitchell (UCI History Dept.)
Monday, May 20, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1010, UC Irvine

This lecture explores how Jewish culture may have been transmitted in West Africa by specifically looking at a community in Ghana. This community, known as the House of Israel, quietly communicates its Jewish identity through whispered or soft-spoken testimony as well as ritual, an unspoken mechanism. The lecture analyzes how this persecuted faith (re)emerged, especially with past Jewish communities in West Africa oftentimes hiding their identity out of fear. Further, the paper seeks to determine how Jewish rhetoric became inscribed into ancestral ritual in Ghana and bolsters a belief of ritual as the transmitter of Jewish culture. Lastly, the paper challenges scholars to look at whispers and ritual as mediums to transmit Jewish culture when under duress.

Janice Levi is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the history of Jewish presence in West Africa. She completed her undergraduate degree in history at the University of Oklahoma and has received a Master’s of Arts in History (from UCLA) and African Studies (from Indiana University).

This event is presented by UCI Center for Jewish Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Parking at UCI

Closest parking structures are Mesa Parking Structure and/or Student Center Parking Structure. Parking permits are required at all time at UC Irvine’s campus and daily or hourly permits could be purchased from manned or automated kiosks in the parking structures. Parking is $2/hour or $10/day. The location of this event is in Humanities Gateway building (4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA 92696), room HG 1010.




Monday, May 20, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category: