history

Paris through the Camera’s Lens
27/12/2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
This talk discusses the image of Paris in the cinema, especially 1950s Hollywood’s obsession with depicting the Belle Epoque. It argues that filmmakers were not just representing tired clichés of “gay paree” but also understood the debt that their art form had to the visual culture of fin-de-siècle...
Henri Bergson and the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Man, His Philosophy, and His Period
17/05/2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Few philosophers have had so broad an influence as that of Henri Bergson (1859–1941), despite his being associated with such a particular period—the turn of the twentieth century. In this lecture we will discuss several fundamental issues in Bergson’s philosophy and we will examine the...
Paris between Two Centuries: Through the Eyes of Proust
12/04/2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Marcel Proust, who was born into the Parisian bourgeoisie, quickly made his way into the high society of his period and participated in many of its important salons. That is how he had the opportunity to experience as an insider the exciting period known as La Belle Époque, the atmosphere of...
Yiddish in “La Koupole”: Artists from Eretz Israel in Paris
22/03/2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Ever since the nineteenth century, Paris has attracted painters and sculptors, including artists from the Land of Israel before and after the establishment of the state. Zalmona will focus on a dark and dramatic aspect of this topic and will note the exclusion of Jews from French society and...
The Impressionists
19/01/2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
In 1874, a group of young French artists organized an independent exhibition of the Cooperative and Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptures and Engravers. The exhibition opened to the public in April in the studio of the photographer Felix Nadar, on Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. Claude Monet’...
“To Be As Happy As God”: The Attraction of Paris for Jews
01/12/2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
In the nineteen and twentieth centuries, the Jewish community of Paris became the largest in France. However, that was not the situation at the end of the eighteenth century, when the Jews of France were emancipated. This lecture will deal with the dramatic development of French Jewry in this...
Paris and the Invention of Modern Life
22/12/2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
This talk examines the emergence of photojournalism in Paris in the last third of the nineteenth century in relation to the importance of changing technologies of speed and especially in relation to the history of transportation. It contextualizes one of the most notorious global media events, “The...
פריז וקסמיה בתקופה החדשה
19/11/2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute most strongly condemns the terrible violence suffered by Paris in these past days. We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends and comfort them in their time of pain and loss.In our upcoming series on Paris, we commemorate the victims as we take...

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