1A. Ghetto Girls and
Framed by a boundary-crossing 1905 inter-marriage between
Jewish immigrant cigarmaker Rose Pastor and wealthy, Ivy League “old
stock” reformer, Graham Phelps Stokes, my larger project examines
historical changes in Jewish and American life in the U.S. Progressive
period: immigration, political reform, shifting understandings of race,
gender, and class, Jewish-American acculturation, the relationship of Jews
to the history of the American left, and the role of Jews in progressive
reform politics. In this brief talk, I will explore the relationship of
this union to the massive arrival of peoples considered racially other and
questionably fitted for self-government, all of whom challenged reigning
Anglo-Saxon presumptions about the nature of the American polity. I will
explore a few of the conditions of possibility, both within Jewish culture
and American society at large, which made this marriage possible. I will
briefly describe its trajectory and speculate on some of its historical
Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Professor of History, University of
Michigan; Ghetto Girls & Reforming Men: Love, Inter-Marriage, Politics
& the American Melting Pot, 1900-1930
1B. How to Read a
It is often taken for granted that we can recognize an 'antisemitic'
stereotype from the past; but how can we find out what medieval people
thought of these images? And what light do they shed on Jewish history?
This paper will consider these questions through some medieval European
Lecturer: Anthony Bale, Senior Lecturer of
Literature, Birkbeck College - University of London; Fear, Pleasure, &
the Medieval Jewish Image
2A. New Approaches
to Religious Reform
Is the reform of Judaism possible without rejecting Jewish
Law (Halacha) or without a radical redefinition of Judaism?
Lecturer: Howard Lupovitch, Associate Professor of History,
University of Western Ontario; Toward a New Hermeneutic of Religious
Reform: The Life & Legacy of Aron Chorin
2B. New Writing on
This talk explores some major trends in the development of
our conception of literature – its political and social role – since the
beginning of the 20th century.
Lecturer: Amir Aharon Banbaji, Assistant Professor of
Literature, Ben-Gurion University; History of Hebrew Literary Criticism
& Theory: The Haskala Period
Central Asia's Jews
This lecture draws on a collection of books published by
Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews between 1884 and 2005. It explores the multi-lingualism
of this well-traveled merchant community during the Tsarist era, and
highlights the ways in which the community is working to maintain and
articulate its identity in the midst of massive demographic displacement
in the post-Soviet era.
Lecturer: Alanna Cooper, Lecturer, Hebrew College;
Communities on the Margins: Re-Centering Jewish Studies
3B. New Writing on
In recent years, many new books and films have appeared in
English that are broadening, deepening, and forcing a reconsideration of
key aspects of our understanding of the Nazi Holocaust. In this overview
of new historical accounts, fiction, philosophy, recently (re)published or
translated memoirs, and documentary and fictional films, participants will
gain an understanding of the dynamism and contemporary relevance of
Lecturer: Barry Trachtenberg, Assistant Professor, University
of Albany (SUNY); Write & Record! The Yiddish Encyclopedia Project &
4. Closing Session,
Panel: On Studying Jews
Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of
History & Judaic Studies, University of Michigan; American Jewish
William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History and Frankel Institute
Head Fellow, University of Michigan; The Jews of Britain, 1656-2000
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan; Property and
Justice in Talmudic Law (Forthcoming)
Assistant Professor, Indiana University; Sacred Possessions: Material
Culture in Early Jewish Texts
Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan; Judaisms
without Judaism: The Search for Rabbinic Origins as a Quest for the
Elusive Core of Judaic Studies
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the fee for a full day of sessions has been reduced to $20.00 per person,
not including lunch or transportation, as described below.
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location, to be announced, at 8:30 AM on Sunday, March 29th. Please arrive by
8:15 AM. Return departure from Ann Arbor at 3:45 PM, arriving back to same
location at about 4:45 PM.
A full dairy/vegetarian lunch, catered by Quality
Kosher Catering, will be served in the Thayer Atrium from 12:20 to 1:20
PM, for a fee of $25.00. Please indicate this choice clearly on the
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Friday, March 13th, 2009.
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