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'Bombers and Masterpieces: Recovering the Life, Art and Diary of Rene Gimpel'

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 6:30 P.M.

College of Liberal Arts, Room 4310

This program is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office and Commemorative Moments Initiative, and the  College of Fine Arts and Communication's Department of Electronic Media & Film.

Complimentary parking available upon registration.

The College of Fine Arts & Communication’s Associate Dean Greg Faller and his filmmaking partner, Lillian Bowers, present a new documentary recounting the life, times, and diary of Rene Gimpel, an important Jewish art dealer, friend of almost all major French artists of the first half of the 20th century, and resistance fighter who died in the Neuengamme concentration camp.  The film also narrates his heirs’ efforts to recover artworks stolen by the Nazis.  Ms. Bowers, who read Gimpel's significant Diary of an Art Dealer, approached Faller about working together to create the 75-minute film. 

Sol Davis, Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, will introduce the film. Both  Faller and Bowers will facilitate a Q&A session after the screening followed by a Kosher reception.


Recordings of Past Lectures:


Combating Bigotry, Celebrating Diversity & Protecting Democracy

Symposium held on February 8, 2023 at Towson University

Videos of presentations. 

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The Ethics of Rescue: True Stories Behind Bergen-Belsen's Liberation

Dr. Bernice Lerner

Link to Recorded Webinar

Event recorded March 23, 2022

In this author's talk: Dr. Bernice Lerner will discuss events that led a Holocaust survivor, Rachel Genuth, and a British medical director, Glyn Hughes, to Bergen-Belsen, and why their narratives tell larger, little-known stories about the suffering of victims, the struggles of liberators, and about the human capacity for fortitude and redemption.  


Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes

The Sraiah and Chana Shoubin Lecture

Jeremy Benstein, Ph.D.

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World

Link to Recorded Webinar

Event recorded April 12, 2021

Why does Hebrew matter?  And how does engagement with the language enrich Jewishness?

Jeremy Benstein is an educator and author. He holds a BA in linguistics from Harvard, a master's degree in Judaic studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the Hebrew University. He is the author of two books, The Way Into Judaism and the Environment (Jewish Lights, 2006) and Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language In a Global World (Behrman House, 2019).