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Dr. Eric Goldstein, "The American Jewish Future" Opens Bennett Season, Sept. 26

There is much debate about whether the future of the American Jewish community is one of decline and assimilation or of revitalization and rebirth, according to award-winning author Eric L. Goldstein, PhD.

On Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan Business School Dining Room, this multi-faceted issue will be examined in a lecture by Dr. Goldstein, the 2016 Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence at Fairfield University. The event opens Fairfield University’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies 2016-17 season of public events.

Dr. Goldstein is the Judith London Evans Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. His talk is entitled, “What American Jewish History Can Tell Us About the American Jewish Future.”

“It is difficult to predict the future, but the history of American Jews does provide some helpful clues to thinking about what the future might hold,” said Dr. Goldstein, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Emory. “Drawing on more that 350 years of American Jewish history, this lecture proposes four ‘axioms of American Jewish life’ that help us better understand how Jewish community life and identity may continue to develop in years to come.”

Dr. Goldstein received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2000. He was the 2006 recipient of the Center for Teaching and Curriculum's Excellence in Teaching Award. His research interests include modern Jewish history, American Jewish history and culture, and American social and cultural history. His articles include, “Different Blood Flows in Our Veins: Race and Jewish Self-Definition in Late Nineteenth Century America,” published in the journal, American Jewish History. He is also the editor of American Jewish History, a quarterly scholarly journal of the American Jewish Historical Society.

This event is free and open to the public and reservations are requested. Call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066 or email bennettcenter@fairfield.edu.

The Scholar-in-Residence Program is made possible through the generosity of David H. and Edith Chaifetz. For information on other Bennett Center events, visit www.fairfield.edu/bennett.

Last modified:  Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:22:00 EDT


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