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Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies

20th Annual Conference Program

August 1 – 3, 2010

Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, Texas



Sunday, August 1, 2010

4:00–5:45 pm   Registration

5:45–6:00         Welcome

                        Seth Ward, University of Wyoming, Program Chair

                        Stanley M. Hordes, University of New Mexico, VP for Conferences

                        Kathleen J. Alcalá, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, President


6:00–8:00         Dinner

8:00                 Keynote Lecture

Marie-Theresa Hernandez, University of Houston Presidential Fellow: The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Secret Jews in the Mexican Church

9:00                 Gala Opening of SCJS Art Gallery*

                        Dolores Sloan, Mount St. Mary's College

Mercedes Gail Gutierrez (Nitzah Avigayil), Netanya, Israel and Davis, CA: Introduction of Artists



Monday, August 2, 2010

7:30– 9:00 am  Breakfast

9:00–10:30       Panel One

David Ben Yosef, Spertus Institute: Maimonides’ Letter on Apostasy and H. Solveichik’s critique

Juan Marcos Bejaranno Gutierrez, Spertus Institute: Samuel Usque’s Consolations: A Review

Kathleen Alcalá, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, The Illegal Alien as Flaneur

10:30–11:00     Break

11:00–12:00     Panel Two

Martin J. Salvucci, University of Chicago: Liberalism and Intolerance: Leo Strauss, Baruch Spinoza, and the Theoretical Foundations of Crypto-Judaism

Abigail Seldin, Oxford: Exploring Politics of Emergence in New Mexico: Work in Progress

12:15–1:30 pm Lunch

1:30–2:15         Panel Three: Self and Image in the Converso Journey: Visual artists  Panel*

Mercedes Gail Gutierrez (Nitzah Avigayil), Netanya, Israel and Davis, CA,  Facilitator and panelist

Laura Cesana,  Lisbon, Portugal, Panelist

Dan RiiS Grife, Coupland, TX, Panelist

2:15–3 :00        Walkthrough, SCJS Art Gallery*

3:00–3:30         Break

3:30–4:30         Panel Four

Stanley M. Hordes, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico: The Sephardic Legacy in the Spanish Caribbean: A History of the Crypto-Jews of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and pre-British Jamaica

Abe Lavender, Florida International University: The Secret Jews and New Christians of Brazil

4:30–5:15pm    Free Time to  visit exhibits and author tables

5:15–6:45         Dinner

7:00                 Judy Frankel Memorial Concert:  Songs of Sefarad: from Folk to Classical*

Debbie Bussineau-King, Soprano, and
Ruth Friedberg, Pianist





Tuesday, August 3, 2010

7:30–9:00 am   Breakfast

9:00–10:30       Panel Five*

Laura Cesana,  Lisbon, Portugal: An Artist's Journey: An Update of Judaism in Portugal 

Diana S. Zertuche, Del Rio, TX:  Nopalitos:The Crypto Jewish Remnants Along The Texas Borderlands

M. Miriam Herrera, Malta, NY:  A Crypto-Jew Celebrates Her First Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Poetry with Prose

10:30–10:45     Break

10:45–12:30 pm Panel Six: Publishing Fact And Fiction About Crypto Jews, A Panel Discussion

Abe Lavender, Florida International University, Panelist: Problems and Rewards of Publishing the Journal of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto Jews

Art Benveniste, HaLapid and the SCJS Website

Dolores Sloan, Mount St. Mary's College, Panelist:  Publishing Fact and Fiction: Assessing Achievements and framing future discussion

12:30–1:30       Lunch

1:30–2:30         Annual Business meeting



Program Design: Diana Zertuche