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Hasia Diner – Wandering Jews: Peddlers and the Discovery of New Worlds
January 5, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Hebrew College
How did peddling, an utterly prosaic and familiar occupation of Jews in the Old World, become an engine of opportunity for Jewish resettlement around the world? What was the role of peddlers in Jewish migration and integration in nearly every place in the New World including the United States, the British Isles, North, South and Central America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand?
Professor Hasia Diner is a renowned authority on American Jewish history and U.S. immigration history. She is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, with a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where she also directs the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. She is the author of many books and articles, and has received numerous fellowships and honors, including elected membership to the American Academy of Jewish Research and to the Society of American Historians. Her most recent book, We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust, won the National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish Studies. She is currently completing a book on global Jewish migrations and the history of Jewish peddling.
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