Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate is among the sponsors for the annual Spartanburg Interfaith Scholars-In-Residence program to be held November 12-15.
Jewish film scholar and Turner Classic Movie commentator Dr. Eric Goldman will serve as the scholar-in-residence and will present five public programs on the theme, “An Interfaith Conversation About Film, Religion and Culture.”
2015 Spartanburg Interfaith Scholar-In-Residence Schedule:
Thursday, November 12
- “Reflecting and Affecting Memory: Cinema as a Medium for the Holocaust,” 7:30 p.m., USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. St. John St.
Friday, November 13
- “Hollywood Zion: How American Movie-Makers Presented Israel,” 7:30 p.m., Temple B’nai Israel, 146 Heywood Ave.
Saturday, November 14
- “The Coming of Age of American Jewry: A Study of 1940s and 1950s through the Lens of Film from the Period,” 2 p.m. Nazareth Presbyterian Church, 680 Nazareth Church Road, Moore.
- The American Jewish Story Through Cinema, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 393 E. Main St.
Sunday, November 15
- “The Coming of Age of American Jewry: A Study of 1940s and 1950s through the Lens of Film from the Period,” 9:45 a.m., Central United Methodist Church, 233 N. Church St.
Goldman is a nationally acclaimed author, professor and expert lecturer of Jewish, Israeli and Yiddish film. An adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University, he is also founder and president of Ergo Media Inc., a New Jersey-based film distribution company specializing in Jewish cinema. He also is a film reviewer for Northern New Jersey’s “The Jewish Standard.”
Goldman is the former director of the Jewish Media Service, which was a national clearinghouse on film and television for the North American Jewish community and was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He has also curated several Jewish film festivals, including the Ring Family Israel Film Series at Y.U. in Spring, 2012
He received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Eastern European Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He was also an adjunct fellow in cinema at The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds graduate degrees in Contemporary Jewish Studies and Theater Arts from Brandeis University. He is the author of “Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present” and “The American Jewish Story through Cinema.”
This annual program is sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities Council, USC Upstate, First Presbyterian Church, Nazareth Presbyterian Church, Central United Methodist Church and Temple B’nai Israel.