Why Study Jewish History?

Why Study Jewish History?

UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies book talk with author David Myers (UCLA, History) and moderator Todd Presner (UCLA, Germanic).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:00 PM
314 Royce Hall

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For more information and to RSVP, please contact the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at 310-267-5327 or by email at cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu

This event will focus on two recently published books—the first, Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017) offers a concise account of the entire course of Jewish history in 100 pages; the second, The Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History (Yale, 2018), is an argument for the study of history, and especially Jewish history, as an anchor of memory and indispensable ingredient in informed civic engagement. The talk will focus on the intersecting themes of the two books, which together reveal the pleasures and payoff for studying Jewish history.

AUTHOR: David Myers is Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at UCLA. He has written extensively in the fields of modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history, with a particular interest in the history of Jewish historiography.

MODERATOR: Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at UCLA. Since 2011, he is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. He is also the Chair of the Digital Humanities Program, which offers an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate, and faculty co-PI on the “Urban Humanities” initiative at UCLA. His research focuses on European intellectual history, the history of media, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography.

Cost : Free and open to the public. RSVP directly to Center for Jewish Studies by telephone or email in event listing.

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures