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Upcoming Center for Israel Studies Events

2022 Amos Perlmutter Lecture, By Tzipni Livni

Monday, February 7, 2022

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

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Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Justice, will deliver American University's School of Public Affairs 2022 Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture, “Israel as a Jewish Democratic State: Vison and Challenges”. Ms. Livni will discuss what it means to be a Jewish and democratic state and why the concept of “two states for two peoples” supports this vision. 

This annual lecture is in memory of beloved American University School of Public Affairs Professor Amos Perlmutter, who taught at the University for nearly thirty years, and was a world-renowned scholar of political leadership in the Middle East.

Co-sponsored by American University's School of Public Affairs and Center for Israel Studies.

"Europe's Jews Before the Holocaust" Book Series

Part 3 of 4: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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This spring, American University’s Jewish Studies Program hosts a webinar series, spotlighting new books on Europe’s Jews Before the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by Center for Israel Studies.

About this event: Discussions will take place on the dates below. This ticket covers entrance to the February 16 virtual talk by Natalia Aleksiun.

January 26, 2022, 1:00 pm ET Jeffrey Veidlinger, In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918–1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust. Host: Michael Brenner.

February 2, 2022, 1:00 pm ET Jaclyn Granick, International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War. Host: Lisa Leff

February 16, 2022, 1:00 pm ET Natalia Aleksiun, Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust; Host: Lauren Strauss*

March 2nd, 2022 1:00 pm ET Michael Brenner, In Hitler's Munich: Jews, the Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism. Host: Pamela Nadell

*Aleksiun's study highlights the historical scholarship that is a lasting legacy of interwar Polish Jewry and analyzes its political and social context. As Jewish citizens struggled to assert their place in a newly independent Poland, a dedicated group of Jewish historians devoted themselves to creating a sense of Polish Jewish belonging, while also fighting for their rights as an ethnic minority. Because of restrictions on Jews pursuing academic careers, they mostly taught about Polish Jewish history outside the university, while also publishing in scholarly and popular journals. By introducing the Jewish public to a pantheon of historical heroes to celebrate and anniversaries to commemorate, they sought to forge a community aware of its past, its cultural heritage, and its achievements. Simultaneously, they sought to counter the increased hostility towards Jews in the public discourse of the time. This study adds a new and deeper dimension to understanding Polish Jewry in the interwar period.

Natalia Aleksiun is a Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College.

Lauren Strauss is Scholar in Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies in American University's Jewish Studies Program.

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