Chair of UC Riverside’s Theater Department to Present at International Conference in Italy

Erith Jaffe-Berg to speak about ghetto and art making

Erith Jaffe-Berg

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Erith Jaffe-Berg, chair and associate professor of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, will speak at The Birth and Evolution of the Venetian Ghetto international conference in Venice, Italy, on Friday, May 6.

The event is historic, marking 500 years since the foundation of the Ghetto in Venice. The conference is organized by the Medici Archive Project in Florence, the Beit Venezia – The Venice Center for International Jewish Studies, and The Committee for the 500 Years of the Ghetto, along with the office of the mayor of Venice. The conference will be held in the Sala del Piovego in the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s palace), in the exact room where the proclamation for the creation was first made 500 years ago.

Jaffe-Berg’s lecture is titled “The Ghetto and Performance Making in Venice and Mantua in the Early Modern Period.” She will speak about the question of the ghetto and making art.

“In light of the creation of the ghetto as a mechanism of separation, I’m going to be speaking to how this affected theater- making at a time in which the Jewish community was highly involved in the cultural life (music, theater, dance) in northern Italy,” she said.

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