Kishinev’s pogrom of 1903 was the first event in Russian Jewish life to receive international attention. The riot that left 49 dead in an obscure border town dominated the headlines of the western press for weeks, intruded on US-Russian relations, and left its impact on an astonishing array of institutions: the nascent Jewish army in Palestine, the NAACP, and likely the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Why did it have this impact, and why did it provide the prism through which so much of the contemporary Jewish experience would be seen?
Steven J. Zipperstein is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He has written and edited eight books, has taught at universities in Israel, Russia, Poland, France, Australia and England (where he lectured at Oxford for six years) and has garnered the National Jewish Book Award, the Leviant Prize of the Modern Language Association, and the Smilen Award for the best book in Jewish history. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, New Republic, Jewish Review of Books and elsewhere.. His Tenenbaum Lecture will serve as the keynote talk for the symposium “Contested Jewish Futures: Recovering an Era of Ferment and Possibility in Jewish Life,” presented by TIJS and hosted by Miriam Udel and Nick Block, on the Emory campus, February 2-3, 2016.
Other information: This lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Parking is available in Emory visitor parking lots, generally free in the evenings. For more information, please visit the TIJS website at www.js.emory.edu.
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