Jewish Emancipation Reimagined


Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
This lecture aims to reorient Jewish history by outlining a comprehensive account of the process by which Jews became citizens with civil and political rights. Ranging from the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first, it will tell the ongoing story of how Jews have gained and kept, lost and recovered rights in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the United States and Israel. Emancipation was not a one-time or linear event but a complex, multi-directional and ambiguous process characterized by deflections and reversals, defeats and successes, triumphs and tragedies.

David Sorkin
Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University
Derek Penslar
William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History and CES Faculty Affiliate & Seminar Chair, Harvsrd University