Annual Lecture: Steven J. Zipperstein – Myth and History in the Recent Jewish Past
November 15 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
– Zoom Meeting
The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy
cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College
Free and Open to All
For many Jews, the Russian and East European Jewish past is little more than a miasma of misery. As often as not, the experience is summed up with little more than the word “pogrom” which has come to serve as a sturdy coda for all that transpired in what was, at the turn of the 20th century, the largest concentration of Jews in the world. How consistent these assumptions are with history, how they surfaced and with such persistence and what else transpired in this culturally diverse, complex community will be the subject of this talk.
Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University, is the author and editor of nine books most recently “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History” (WW Norton/Liveright, 2018). He is now at work on a biography of Philip Roth. He is an editor of Yale’s Jewish Lives series, and writes often for The New York Times, Jewish Review of Books, and elsewhere.