Jewish Museum Lecture with Susannah Heschel

Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

When Jews came to the United States from Europe in the 19th century, they spoke of their arrival as an exodus - behind laid tyranny, and before lay freedom. The exalted view of the United States and its democracy led many Jews to view injustices present in American society as outrageous, a violation of American exceptionalism, and a corruption of biblical proportions against which they spoke out with fervor. If America was the promised land, Jews were its prophets.

This lecture by Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, will examine Jewish understandings of diaspora versus exile and the internalization of exile as an existential experience.

About the speaker:

 Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, and Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung. She has published over 100 articles and edited several books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Insider, Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism, Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust, and most recently, with Umar Ryad, The Muslim Reception of European Orientalism. Prof. Heschel is a Guggenheim Fellow and has held research grants from the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. 

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