January 17, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, and USC Knight Program on Media and Religion, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

The Last of the Polish Jews

Directed by Fred Engelberg

Followed by a Panel Discussion

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

About the Screening and Panel Discussion

Los Angeles filmmaker/poet/writer/musician Fred Engelberg made the documentary The Last of the Polish Jews (1971) in the wake of a 1968 campaign to force all Jews out of Poland. Lost for decades, the previously unknown film follows the Danish organization REFUGEE HELP, which facilitated the assimilation of Jews who fled Poland to Copenhagen via an off-season hotel boat.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about today’s global refugee crises, with USC professor Roberto Suro, who has written extensively about migration and refugee issues; USC Gould School of Law Immigrants and Migration Initiative director Eliane Fersan; and Arthur Alexander, one of the exiled Polish Jews. The event will raise questions about our responsibility to those who are forced to leave their homes and will explore issues of religious and ethnic persecution and the role that artists, writers, scholars, students, lawyers, engineers, journalists, and others play in contributing to a better world.

Additional Links:
Roberto Suro | Twitter

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Dino Everett (USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive), Steve Ross (Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life), and Diane Winston (Knight Program on Media and Religion).

About USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Phone: (213) 740-0483