7 2017

New Directions in French Films on the Holocaust

12:15PM - 1:15PM  

Samuel Jewish Campus 1 Federation Way
Irvine, CA 92603

Contact Arie Katz
(949) 682-4040

Community Scholar Program (CSP):
Students, Sports and the Second Generation: New Directions in French Films on the Holocaust

Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall

$10 in advance, $18 at door
Free to CSP $180+ members with advance RSVP


Are there something new to say about the Holocaust, and new dimensions of the tragedy to show on screen? 
Focusing on recent French films about the Holocaust, we will explore how filmmakers are finding new ways to make the Holocaust relevant to twenty-first century audiences. Topics include athletes who died in concentration camps; how the Holocaust is relevant to students today; and the effects of the Holocaust on the second and third generations. Film clips will be used throughout the presentation.  For some background reading check out: “Art and the Holocaust: Trivializing Memory,” by Elie Wiesel.



Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall received her Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies from Stanford University, and held the Lucius N. Littauer Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. She is Professor of History at California State University - San Marcos, where she is a past winner of the university’s Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award for outstanding professor of the year. Dr. Sepinwall specializes in French history, Haitian history, and French-Jewish history. Her first book, The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism, was a biography of a French revolutionary and priest who argued for emancipating Europe's Jews. Her current research focuses on how history is represented in film.