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Public Programs

We’re hosting the world’s leading scholars, creators, and Jewish communal leaders in a series of important lectures and dialogues about the American Jewish experience. For now, all events will be “virtual,” but additional seminars, films, and exhibits will be added when possible.

Spring 2021 online public programming

What do we know about American Jewry? A Conversation on the 2020 Pew Survey of Jewish Americans

May 24, 2021 12:00 PM CST

Featuring Dr. Ilana Horwitz (Tulane University), Dr. Ari Y. Kelman (Stanford University), Dr. Becka A. Alper (Pew Research Center), and Dr. Leonard Saxe (Brandeis University)

Flyer with images of the presenters

Dr. Ilana Horwitz, Fields-Rayant Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University, will be joined by sociological and education experts Dr. Ari Y. Kelman of Stanford, Dr. Leonard Saxe of Brandeis, and Dr. Becka A. Alper of the Pew Research Center in a discussion of the results of the 2020 survey of Jewish Americans.

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Sponsors: Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience

Black [but / AND​ / or] Jewish: A Conversation on Intersections within and across Communities

April 22, 2021 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM CST

Featuring Rabbi and author Shais Rishon, also known by his pen name MaNishtana; theatre-maker, rabbinical student, and Jewish life consultant Kendell Pinkney (JTS, Reboot, LABA, and Ammud); Rabbi and Jewish diversity advocate Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll (Yale Slifkin Center and B'Chol Lashon); and moderated by Dr. Mia L. Bagneris (Tulane)

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Rabbi Shais Rishon (top left), Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll (top right)
Kendell Pinkney (bottom left), Dr. Mia L. Bagneris (bottom right)

Dr. Mia L. Bagneris, Associate Professor of African Diaspora Art & Studies of Race in Western Art and Director of the Africana Studies Program, will moderate a discussion on starting and changing the conversation about intersectional Jewish identities, what it means to be Black AND Jewish, and how Black Jews can be supported.

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Sponsors: Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience, Africana Studies

Wild Visionary: A Book Launch and Conversation on Maurice Sendak

April 01, 2021 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

Featuring Dr. Golan Moskowitz (Tulane University); Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and numerous other works; Brian Selznick, award-winning author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter series' 20th Anniversary covers, and Dr. Marah Gubar (MIT)

Maurice Sendak holds an image of a Nutcracker
Photo credit : Patrick Downs/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, Description: The cover image from Dr. Golan Moskowitz's (Tulane) book Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context (Stanford University Press, 2020).

With the launch of Dr. Golan Moskowitz's book Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context (Stanford University Press, 2020), Dr. Marah Gubar (MIT) will moderate a conversation between Dr. Moskowitz, Gregory Maguire, and Brian Selznick - both friends and colleagues of Sendak - on Sendak's life and legacy in the Jewish, Queer, and literary world. Recieve 20% off the book with the code VISIONARY20.

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Sponsors: Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience

Fall 2020 online public programming

Antisemitism Uncovered

September 09, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Featuring Dr. Golan Moskowitz (Tulane University); Jonathan Greenblatt, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Dr. Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University) and Dr. Magda Teter (Fordham University)

Antisemitism Uncovered
Photo credit : Jennifer Liseo ©ADL, Description: NO HATE. NO FEAR Solidarity March in New York City. 1/5/2020

ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) has published a comprehensive new guide to contemporary antisemitism. Titled “Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era,” it offers a concise history of anti-Jewish hatred and explores seven myths that underpin it.

Dr. Golan Moskowitz (Tulane University) will moderate a conversation about the project's conception, its contents, and how it frames the state of antisemitism today. The distinguished panel includes Jonathan Greenblatt (National Director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League), Dr. Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University) and Dr. Magda Teter (Fordham University).

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Sponsors: Department of Jewish Studies and Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience

America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today October 14

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Dr. Pamela S. Nadell will explore her groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. Dr. Nadell’s book won the National Jewish Book Award–Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year.

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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