History Matters

"Misunderstanding of the present is the inevitable consequence of ignorance of the past."

Marc Bloch

Join us for History Matters, an exciting new series at the Center for Jewish History. We live in an era of perplexity that is full of historical change. How can we mine the past to comprehend our present moment better?

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the complex connections between the past and present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse. 

The History Matters series features:

  • January 30: Prof. Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University) on anti-Semitism past and present
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  • February 20: Prof. Jan Gross (Princeton University) on Europe, the Holocaust, and the rise of the right
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  • March 27: Prof. Todd  Gitlin (Columbia University) on the legacies of the 1960s and liberalism
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  • April 26: Prof. Ruth Wisse (Harvard University) on Jews and power
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  • May 16: Prof. Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University) on rupture and renewal in American Jewish life
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All events begin at 7 p.m. and entail 45 minutes to 1 hour of moderated conversation. Followed by Q and A from the audience.

Admission: $15 general; $10 for CJH members, students and senior citizens.