UT Dallas Annual Scholars Conference
At the Annual Scholars Conference, (March 3 – 5, 2018), held at UT Dallas, Claire Soares, filmmaker, presented a paper on film versus written literature as a vehicle for conveying a subject’s depth, nuances and texture. “DEFIANCE THE MOVIE AND DEFIANCE THE BOOK: COMPARING THE IMPACT OF FILM AS A TYPE OF LITERATURE AND WRITTEN LITERATURE”, also compared both media for pedagogical value.
Soares used the film DEFIANCE (about the Bielski forest fighters), a documentary on the same topic, videos of filmmaker interviews and the book by the same name, as her “illustrators”.
European Association for Jewish Studies Conference
Claire Soares’ areas of interest include art (including painting and archaeology), forensics, and World War II looted art (provenance and detection). Her paper “VAN MEEGEREN’S VERMEERS” and “A BUYER CALLED GOERING”, explores “Vermeers” that were forged using material science mastery. The paintings were sold to high ranking Nazis, thus swindling the buyers out of millions of dollars.
Soares’s paper is scheduled for presentation at the European Association for Jewish studies Conference (July 15 – 19, 2018) in Krakow this summer. Her trip to Krakow will be made possible by a generous grant. She is the recipient of an award from the Istvan and Zsuzsanna Ozsváth Research Fund, made possible by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger, in memory of Israel and Janet Nasher & Patsy and Raymond Nasher.