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Panels & Speakers

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Hilary J. Boone Center

Keynote Lecture:"Profiles in Kentucky Jewish Courage"
Keynote speaker: Professor Gary Zola- Executive Director, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

*Free dessert reception immediately following the lecture. Free parking in the Boone Center parking lot, please enter off Columbia Avenue.

Poster Presentations by Alexandria Daniel and Alex Rosenzweig

Friday, April 13, 2018

Panel Discussions: 8:30-4:00pm in the Ballroom of the UK Helen G. King Alumni House, 400 Rose Street 

** Parking: We have reserved a limited number of parking spaces in the Linden Walk lot off of Avenue of Champions (south side of Linden, just across Linden  from Alumni House) for Symposium attendees.  There will be a UK officer on duty there from early morning until 1pm to direct attendees to the spaces and then to the Alumni House.  This also makes it easy to drop off anyone with mobility limitations at the symposium venue and for the driver to proceed directly to the parking lot.


Registration/Poster Session 1 (Michael Di Girolamo,  RyAnn Schoenbaechler)


Session 1: Kentucky Jewish History and Context

Moderator: Dr. Nora Rose Moosnick
Speaker: Dr.Amy Shevitz, “Jews in the Kentucky Borderland”
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Weiner, “Jewish Life in the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields”
Speaker: Arwen Donahue,“Interviewing Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors”

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break / Poster Session 2:  JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral Histories  (Rachel Peach, Morgan Weilbacher, Allison Gant, Hunter Jelf)

Session 2 - “Building Kentucky’s Archives & Collections”
Moderator: Dr. Rabbi Gary Zola

Speaker: Dr. Abigail Glogower, “A Jewish Archive at the Filson? Bridging Communities and Building Inclusive Local History in Louisville.”

Speaker: Sarah Dorpinghaus,"Synagogues, Students, and Stories in the Bluegrass: a Collaborative Collecting Intitiative at the University of Kentucky"

Speaker: Heather Fox, "Amplifying the Voices of Louisville's Jewish Community: The University of Louisville Oral History Center's Digitization and Indexing Project." 

Speaker: Sara Elliot,“The Myers Family of Hopkinsville: A New Collection (and Direction) for the KY Historical Society”

12:00-12:15 Poster Session 3: JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral Histories  (Hannah Thompson, Breanna Shoemaker, Phillip Steder, Madison Cissell)

Lunch and Keynote lecture  in Ballroom of the UK Helen G. King Alumni House, 400 Rose Street  **Details about parking will be updated closer to the event

Session 3: Keynote Lecture: "The Influence of Jewish Values on My Public Service Career"

Keynote Speaker: Jerry Abramson, former mayor of Louisville; Lt Governor of Kentucky; and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

1:45-2:00 Poster Session 4:  JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral Histories (Katie Segal, Hannah Newberry, Laura Will, Bilal Shaikh)

Session 4: JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project: A Model for Sustainable Stewardship and Spotlight on Student Research

Speaker: Dr. Beth L. Goldstein, "Introducing the JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral HistoryProject"

Speaker: Dr. Janice W. Fernheimer, "Sharecropping Tobacco in Kentucky: One Compositonal Component of Jewgrass Identity"

Speakers: Laura Will, Bilal Shaikh, and Madison Cissell, UK undergraduates,"UK's Hillel in Context: A Narrative of Audio Composing"

Speaker: Leslie Davis, UK graduate student ,"University of Kentucky's Hillel and Anti-Vietnam War Activism"