Lecture series looks at Jewish actresses in American film

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Lecture series looks at Jewish actresses in American film

Dr. Hannah Schwadron, dance history professor at Florida State University, will visit Fresno State to discuss “Jewish Swans in American Film: Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, and Natalie Portman” after the screening of the film  Black Swan from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in Henry Madden Library room 3212.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Jewish Certificate Program and the Jewish Studies Association and is part National Women’s History Month.

Schwadron’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of Jewish humor studies, gender studies, sexuality studies and dance and performance studies. She specifically probes questions of humor and sexuality for contemporary Jewish female performers across stage and screen genres.

Her article, “(Post) Pious and Porn Spectacles: Frontier Choreographies of the U.S. Jewess” is included in “Dance in American Culture Anthology” (University Press of Florida, 2014).

Schwadron continues to perform dance about related themes in intimate spaces nationally and internationally. As part of her ongoing theory-practice research, she curates “Field Studies,” an annual dance showcase that allows performers the space to develop projects with live audiences and peer review.

The two-part lecture series began Feb. 18 with a talk by George L. Mosse, author and professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, contact Dr. Jill Fields, professor of history and Jewish Certificate Program coordinator, at jfields@csufresno.edu.

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