WHAT: The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University invites you to attend the 9th annual Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture. Eric A. Goldman, professor, author and Jewish film expert, will speak on “The American-Jewish Story Through Cinema.” His book of the same title and now in paperback will be available for purchase at the end of his remarks.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23
WHERE: Smith Memorial Student Union’s Browsing Lounge (rm. 238), Portland State University
Free and open to the public.
Generous event cosponsors are the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.
Eric Goldman has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film. Published in April 2013 by the University of Texas Press Austin, “The American Jewish Story Through Cinema” chronicles the American-Jewish encounter with movies. Says actor, writer, and director Liev Schrieber of the professor’s work, “Eric Goldman’s thorough and thoughtful book lends a compelling perspective on the ever-evolving relationship between cinema and the American-Jewish experience.”
Richard (Dick) Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft created the Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture in memory of his parents, Judge Gus J. Solomon and Elisabeth (Libby) Solomon, who were well-known legal and Jewish activists at home and nationwide. In 1989, the United States Courthouse in Portland was given Gus' name, as he’s Oregon’s longest-serving U.S. District Court judge; he served on the bench for 37 years. And Libby is credited with helping to create what became the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. In 1999, she began talks with PSU's then-Dean Marvin Kaiser and then-President Daniel Bernstine about creating Judaic Studies at this University. Gus died in 1987; Libby died in 2004.
Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media Inc., a New Jersey-based video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video. He is an expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli, and Jewish film and noted film educator. He was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where he supervised the preservation of Yiddish films, and for many years he curated and moderated the film program at the Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University in New York City. Dr. Goldman has also produced and directed for radio, television, video and film.
Goldman 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 is adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and The Jewish Theological Seminary.