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Annual Lecture: Steven J. Zipperstein – Myth and History in the Recent Jewish Past
November 15, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting
The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy
co-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College
Free and Open to All
JGSGB current members: Program is free. Members do not need to register.
You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the “What would you like to do” dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program.
This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page.
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. His most recent book, “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History” (WW Norton/Liveright, 2018) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Economist and is the inspiration for this lecture. 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.