Jews, Whiteness, and Racism: A New Look at Key Moments in the American Jewish Experience
August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join Professor Devin Naar to explore a series of key moments in American Jewish history from the 18th to 20th centuries that reveal the ways in Jews have simultaneously been both targets and beneficiaries of racism and discrimination. We will look at how these dueling dynamics played out in relation to the question of American Citizenship in 1790, Emma Lazarus and her famous 1883 poem “The New Colossus,” the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915, and the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1924. Once we acknowledge that as Jews we are implicated in systems of oppression even as we may remain vulnerable, we must recognize that we have a responsibility to act. RSVP below to receive the Zoom link.
Dr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University. He has also served as a Fulbright fellow to Greece. His first book, Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. The book won the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Research Based on Archival Material and was named a finalist in Sephardic Culture. It also won the 2017 Edmund Keeley Prize for best book in Modern Greek Studies awarded by the Modern Greek Studies Association.