Sunday, April 2: The Radical Right and Antisemitism: How Bigotry has Energized the Far Right, from the John Birch Society to MAGA

Sunday, March 5: Waves Apart – The Hidden History of Antisemitism in California Surf Culture – WATCH HERE 

Wednesday, March 1 – Join JFLA and The USC Casden Institute for a Special Screening and Panel Discussion of Loan Wolves


Sunday, February 19, 2023 – 21st Century American Jewry: From Antisemitism to New Forms of Engagement

Sunday, January 22: “A Conversation with ‘Ritchie Boy’ Victor Brombert” – VIDEO RECORDING HERE

Tuesday, January 10: The History of Antisemitism – Kill the Hollywood Jews: The Pre-war Origins of Film Noir – REGISTER HERE

Sunday, December 11: “American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York” – RECORDING BELOW



Wednesday, December 7: A Theatrical Screening of Loan Wolves – RECORDING BELOW

Tuesday, December 4: The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton

Thursday, October 27: The Revival of Hebrew with Gil Hovav – RECORDING BELOW


Sunday, October 23, 2022: “The Impact of the Presidency of Donald Trump on American Jewry and Israel” – RECORDING BELOW


Friday, October 14, 2022: “Antifascist Histories and Models for Resistance”

Thursday, September 29, 2022: Jewish American People’s Panel


Sunday, September 11, 2022: A Screening Of “The State Of Jerusalem Episode #4 Fire Eater”

Thursday, May 5, 2022: “An MHGS Roundtable: The Anti-Vax Movement and The Misuse Of Holocaust History”

Sunday, April 24, 2022: A Screening of Israeli film “Ruso”


Thursday, March 31, 2022: “Zikaron BaSalon/Bringing Testimony Home They Shared Their Stories. Now It’s Your Turn”

Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Israel, American Jewry, and 45*

Languages of the Jews of Iran: A series of online conversations and performances

Sunday, March 6, 2022: Breaking the Deadlock in Israel-Palestine: The New Plan for a “Holy Land Confederation” – Part 3- VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


Sunday, February 27, 2022: A Pain in the Temples: The Orgins of Jewish Guilt – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW

Sunday, January 30, 2022: Stronger than Hate Speaker Series – “The Legacy of Resilience: Keeping the Stories of Holocaust Alive for the Next Generation – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW

Thursday, January 13, 2022: Indentured Students – How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW

Sunday, December 12, 2021: Stand Up for Her: Resilience 2021


Tuesday, December 7, 2021: The Trump Presidency, American Jewry and Israel – VIDEO RECORDING HERE

Sunday, December 5, 2021: Deadlock in Israel/Palestine: How to Imagine a Better Future – Part 2 – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW

Sunday, November 14, 2021: Stronger than Hate Speaker Series: Reckoning with Reparations – What the United States could Learn from Germany – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW



Jewish Languages, From One Generation to the Next


Thursday, October 14, 2021: Scared to Debt – “Sallie Mae Not” Film Screening & Panel Discussion – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


For more information about the 6-part series documentary series Scared to Debt: Exposing America’s Student Loan Scam, go to

Sunday, October 3, 2021: Deadlock in Israel/Palestine: How to Imagine a Better Future – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


Sunday, September 26, 2021: A Screening of the Israeli film “We Used to Sing” – CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO RECORDING


Tuesday, May 18, 2021: How We Got Here: From The “Good War” To The Storming Of The Capitol – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW

Tuesday, May 18, 2021: How We Got Here: From The “Good War” To The Storming Of The Capitol – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11AM PST: Intergenerational Trauma in Second and Third-Generation Holocaust Survivors: A Discussion with Dr. Melissa Wassermand and Lisa Ansell – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW




Sunday, April 18, 2021, 12PM PST: Wannabes? John Updike and the WASP Fascination with the New York Intellectuals – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


Sunday, April 11, 2021, 4PM PST: Genocide and Intergenerational Trauma: The Armenian & Jewish Experiences – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 11AM PST: A Screening of the Israeli Film “White Eyes”

Sunday, March 14, 2021, 4PM PST: Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Dr. Sharon Gillerman – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 4PM PST: Ethnic Studies and Jewish Studies: Debates Over the California Ethnic Studies Curriculum – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW



Sunday, February 7, 2021: “The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War” – VIDEO RECORDING BELOW


Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) 4PM PST: “Impudent Jews: Forgotten Individual Jewish Resistance in Nazi Germany – VIDEO RECORDING HERE

Tuesday January 26th, 2021: Strategies for Fighting Antisemitism in the United States – VIDEO RECORDING HERE



Monday, November 16, 2020 5pm PST: Stronger Than Hate: Islamophobia At USC: Past And Present

Monday, October 19, 2020: Stronger Than Hate: Anti-Semitism At USC: Past And Present – VIDEO RECORDING HERE

Sunday, August 30, 2020: How One Woman Changed the Face of American Judaism: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Cowan – VIEW RECORDING

The USC Casden Institute, The Knight Program in Media & Religion – USC Annenberg, ChaiVillageLA, Temple Emanuel, Temple Isaiah, and Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary proudly present:

“How One Woman Changed the Face of American Judaism:
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Cowan”

~This is the 2nd Annual Richard Siegel Memorial Program~

Schedule – August 30th

9:45 am – Screening of “Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing”- This 60 minute documentary by Paula Weiman-Kelman explores the extraordinary life, and last months, of Rabbi Rachel Cowan

11:00 am – Panel discussion featuring Rabbi Laura Geller (Moderator), Riv-Ellen Prell, Geoffrey Cowan and Paula Weiman-Kelman

About Rachel Cowan & the Film:
This 60-minute film explores the extraordinary life and last months of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. Rachel Cowan was a civil rights activist, community organizer, the first female Jew by choice ordained as a Rabbi, a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher, a grandmother, a wise elder. And then she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Living each day fully, she turned dying into an opportunity to experience gratitude.

About the Panel:
Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, was the first woman to be selected through a national search to lead a major metropolitan synagogue as Senior Rabbi. She is a co-founder of the first synagogue based Village, ChaiVillageLA, which is part of the national Village Movement. She is a co-author with Richard Siegel (z”l) of Getting Good at Getting Older.

Paula Weiman-Kelman is a veteran documentary filmmaker known for moving portraits of inspiring women as well as complex mosaics with multiple characters.  Her films  “Eyes Wide Open”  and “Fringes”  explore fundamental issues in the contemporary Jewish world.

Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of Minnesota received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her books include Prayer and Community: The Havurah in American Judaism; Interpreting Women’s Lives: Personal Narratives and Feminist Theory (with the Personal Narratives Group); and Fighting to Become Americans: Jews, Gender and the Anxiety of Assimilation.

Geoffrey Cowan is a lawyer, professor, author, and non-profit executive. He is currently a University Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School‘s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020: How to Dismantle the Systemic Effects of Racism

Sunday, March 15, 2020: Passover Around the World

Recording Info

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Sun, Mar 8, 2020: Books & Authors: Steve Oney’s “And The Dead Shall Rise”

Acclaimed author Steve Oney will be in conversation with Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, about Oney’s famous book And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. The book discusses the 1913 lynching of Leo Frank, one of the most sensational and resonant incidents in U.S. criminal and legal history, and a touchstone of American antisemitism. Oney brings a perspective informed by extensive observation of court transcripts, contemporary news articles, judicial and legal documents, and personal papers. According to Publishers Weekly, Oney “has a reporter’s eye for detail and a novelist’s sense of storytelling.”

Though published 15 years ago, this book continues to have contemporary meaning as “the story of Leo Frank fuses the cycle of anti-Semitism with the perils of fake news”. Furthermore, a judge in Atlanta currently intends to reopen the case.

Co-sponsored by the Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Tuesday, February 4, 2020: A Screening of an episode of ‘OUR BOYS’ (HBO)

Sunday, March 24, 2019: Doing Business in America: A Jewish History




Sunday, January 20, 2019: The Migrant Kitchen: Jewish Deli Tradition and Identity in LA

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Thursday, January 17, 2019: The Last of the Polish Jews

Monday, November 5- Wednesday, November 7 2018: After 80 Years, the November Program in Global Comparison



Sunday, October 21, 2018: The Stages of Memory: Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces in Between

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March 25, 2018 – Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America




Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Ninth Annual Linda and Tony Rubin Lecture–Americans and the Nazi Threat:

What Did Californians Know?

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Sunday, January 28, 2018: Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America



January 21, 2018 – Race and Inclusivity in the American Jewish Community



November 5, 2017 – 37th Annual Nemer Lecture





September 24, 2017 – Dr. Harold L. Lee Lecture:




September 25, 2016 –  Lee Lecture Presidential Panel:




The USC Casden Institute Presents “Jewish Peddlers and their Discovery of the New World”- Sunday Janurary, 24th 2016


The 35th Annual Jerome Nemer Lecture ” How to Provide Imperfect Justice for Holocaust Victims in the 21st Century” featuring American Diplomat and Attorney Stuart Eizenstat and Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and USC Professor of History Wolf Gruner