The University of Iowa

April 7 talk: “Recalling Jewish Calcutta: Author and Archivist”

March 31st, 2014

The thriving Jewish Calcutta of the 18th and 19th century is now home to barely 20 Jews. One of those remaining is feminist scholar, activist, and novelist Jael Silliman, a former University of Iowa associate professor. Silliman will present a rich visual and cultural tour of the Calcutta Jewish community in an upcoming talk Monday, April 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

The Jewish Calcutta played an important role in the city's economic, social and cultural development. In order to document the Jewish presence, Silliman has collected images and documents of community members living across the world to create a digital archive. Her novel, The Man With Many Hats, is set in Calcutta and also portrays Jewish life in the late 20th century. Silliman will show images from the archive and discuss her novel.

This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program (SASP) in UI International Programs. Other sponsors include Hillel and Agudas Achim Congregation. Hillel will host a reception immediately following the presentation.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at 319-335-3862.