Viterbi Symposium in Mediterranean Jewish Studies Series. Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
This half-day symposium brings together a group of distinguished, international scholars engaged with the life, writings, and impact of Primo Levi (1919-1987), an Italian Jew who survived Auschwitz and helped define what it means to bear witness to the Holocaust—and the modern condition. More than a survivor of the Holocaust, Levi was also a chemist, a humanist, and a storyteller, whose writings reflected on the natural world, human violence, testimony, and even language itself. The symposium celebrates the publication, in 2015, of Levi’s complete works in English (by editor and translator Ann Goldstein, published by W. W. Norton) and probes the literary, philosophical, and historical legacy of Levi. It asks: What does it mean to read Primo Levi today? How do his writings help us develop a language for bearing witness to violence in both the past and the present? And, finally, how does his work speak to urgent political concerns and provide models for public engagement and resistance today?
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA), Michael Rothberg (UCLA), & Todd S. Presner (UCLA)
Sponsored by UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Cosponsored by UCLA Department of Italian, Centro Primo Levi NY, The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, UCLA Department of History, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA), Andrew Viterbi, Sergio Luzzatto (University in Turin, Italy), Stef Craps (Ghent University), Jonathan Druker (Illinois State University) Lina Insana (University of Pittsburgh), Michael Rothberg (UCLA), Simona Forti (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy) Enzo Traverso (Cornell), Lia Brozgal (UCLA), Ann Goldstein (Translator and Editor)
Centro Primo Levi requests the pleasure of your company at the second Centaur Award presented by Robert S. Kapito, President of BlackRock Inc. honoring Alessandro Di Rocco, Professor of Neurology at Hofstra/Northwell and System Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at Northwell Health.
As founder of Centro Primo Levi, Dr. Di Rocco has passionatelly promoted the international circulation of Levi’s writings and the study of Italian Jewish history.
A scientist like Levi, he continues to infuse the center’s ethos with his commitment to a society capable to accept and respect all human beings, regardless of their abilities and background. Dr. Di Rocco is a board member of the Parkison’s Foundation. His vision originated the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center and the wellness program for Parkinson’s disease at JCC. He is currently working at the expansion of this model at Northwell Health System.
The Centaur Award is an opportunity to create awareness of the values that inspire Centro Primo Levi’s activities and to showcase its work and projects to supporters and institutional colleagues. If you wish to become a sponsor and participate in the ceremony please send your inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6:30 PM | Cocktail reception and screening of highlights from Centro Primo Levi’s video productions.
7:00 PM | Live musical interlude featuring Lorenzo da Ponte’s arias performed by Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.
7:30 PM | Gala dinner & award presentation. Invitation to follow. Dinner features Genoese and Mediterranean Jewish delicacies prepared under rabbinical supervision.
The 2013 Centaur Award was presented to John Turturro by John Elkann, Chairman of Fiat Crysler.