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Public Programs

Public programs such as Lectures, seminars, films, and exhibits led by the world’s leading scholars, practitioners and Jewish communal leaders, sharing cutting-edge research in American Jewish Studies with the Tulane community and wider public audiences.

"Building Bridges in New Orleans: Jazz and the Making of Cross-Cultural Connections"

Sunday, May 15th at 7:15pm

Dixon Hall, Tulane University

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In affiliation with the American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Scholars' Conference, the Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience at Tulane University invites you to a special program featuring John Boutté and Wendell Brunious (of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band). The event will be hosted by Tulane faculty member and musician Glenn Hartman (of the Klezmer All-Stars). The event is free and open to the public!

"Make me a King" Short Film Screening and Talkback

Wednesday, April 20th at 12:30pm CST via Zoom

Please join The Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience for Make Me a King, a short film about Ari, a Jewish Drag King ostracised by their family, who clings to their hero - Pepi Littman, the first Jewish proto-Drag King, who performed in the early 20th century. In a moment when Ari is looking for acceptance and family, will they finally be able to embrace themselves and their true voice? Dr. Golan Moskowitz (Tulane) will moderate. After the screening, Producer Martina Russo, writer Natalie Toyne, Yiddish culture consultant Dr. Philip Alexander, and actor Ashleigh Loeb will be there for Q&A and discussion.

The Audrey G. Ratner Speaker Series supports lectures, roundtables, and films and could bring internationally renowned speakers to Tulane University. The series is generously provided for by the TAWANI Foundation, the sponsor of the Audrey G. Ratner Excellence Endowed Fund for American Jewry and Jewish Culture and the Audrey G. Ratner Speaker Series. Our next lecture is the Rottman Lecture, featuring Dr. Paul Wolpe on April 12.

Audrey G. Ratner Speaker

Michael W. Twitty, "Kosher Soul: Black Jewish Identity Cooking"

Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for Cultural Life, Tulane University March 9th, 6 pm

Michael W. Twitty engages the crowd
 Black Jewish Idendity Cooking

In this talk, Michael W. Twitty discussed his experience surrounding food as a Black, Queer, Jewish, Southerner. Mr. Twitty explained that to him, his identities have always been intrinsically tied together, and food is a constant common theme. Food’s power is in its ability to preserve our words and memories, L’dor va dor, from generation to generation, our food is passed down carrying our histories. He expressed his interest in creating fusion, in food and in life, and explained how many Southern dishes were born out of historically African-American traditions. To him, the Jewish and African-American communities are connected in many ways, and our tradition surrounding food and eating is one of the most remarkable. He finds it exceptionally special that members of each group think of one another as “family”, and food is the love language that connects everyone. Mr. Twitty also discussed his upcoming book, Kosher Soul, which will explore these connections through interviews.

Rottman Family Lecture

"If I am Only my Genes, What am I? Jewish Identity and the Genetic Self"

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.

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Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Wolpe's topic focuses on The Genetic Age and the accompanying confusion about the nature of our bodies, our biology, and our sense of selfhood. He argues that the Jews have a unique contribution to make to this debate, for we have long been exploring the issues of identity and self that genes make so problematic.

Diboll Gallery, Newcomb-Commons, Tulane University, 6pm

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID test required

Free and Open to the Public RSVP with EventBrite

Impactful Giving Opportunities

Lectures, Roundtables, and Films

A fund for Lectures, Roundtables, and Films will bring internationally renowned speakers to the Grant Center. Our participants—artists, scholars, public intellectuals, communal leaders—will contribute to a robust conversation about Jewish culture, history, and ideas, to which the entire Tulane community is invited.

For questions or more information, contact Ilana McQuinn