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Working Memory: The Present Day Uses of the Jewish Past

When: Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Nancy Gelman   (847) 491-2612

Group: The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


In the Jewish tradition (as in any tradition), collective memory is not merely a sterile recall of past events --it is a conveyer of meaning, a way of selecting, shaping, and transmitting the values and commitments of the past in order to shape the present and future. Recent scholarship in the fields of Jewish and Israel Studies has taken this insight in innovative and provocative new directions. 

Over the course of two panel discussions, some of today's leading scholars will discuss the ways in which Jewish memory has been crafted, augmented, instrumentalized, and contested: from debates over how to memorialize antisemitism in pre-modern Europe, to Jewish perspectives on Confederate memory in the southern US, and to the rise of nostalgia as a modern Jewish mitzvah.

This discussion series is presented as the 2021 Manfred H. Vogel Lecture in Judaic Studies 

Please join us ….

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Memorialization: Preserving, Performing, and Protesting Jewish History

Adam Domby, College of Charleston
Shmulik Nili, Northwestern University
Shari Rabin, Oberlin College
Magda Teter, Fordham University

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Nostalgia:   On the longing for an imagined past  

Joshua Friedman, North Carolina State University
Rachel Gross, San Francisco State University
Charles A. McDonald, Northwestern University



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