Award-winning author and NYU professor Hasia R. Diner to speak at Fairfield University Bennett Center for Judaic Studies event

Image: Hasia DinerAward-winning New York University Professor Hasia R. Diner, Ph.D., will speak at Fairfield University on Thursday, February 16 about how peddlers, very humble and ordinary men, helped make possible the great Jewish migrations of the modern period.

"Peddlers, itinerant merchandisers selling from packs on their backs and then from animal driven carts, did nothing less than help facilitate the Jewish exodus from Europe and the Ottoman Empire," said Dr. Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History. "[They accomplished this] over a period of time stretching from late eighteenth until the early twentieth, covering the British Isles, North, Central and South America as well as Australia and southern Africa." 

Free and open to the public, the talk, "Peddlers and Modern Jewish Migration," will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. The University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies is sponsoring the event.

Recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Diner, an expert in American Jewish history, American immigration history and women's history, is director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU. Extensively published, her most recent book is the critically acclaimed, "We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945 - 1962" (New York: New York University Press, 2009). Dr. Diner was honored with the National Jewish Book Award and the Saul Viener Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society for writing the book. Her works also include the notable, "From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Age," with Elliott Barkan and Alan Kraut (New York University Press, 2007). Dr. Diner is one of twenty living women historians included in the book, "American Women Historians: 1700-1900s" (New York: Greenwood Press, 1998).

Space is limited for this lecture. To make a reservation, please call the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

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Posted on January 10, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 160

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