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14th Annual Rothschild Lecture to feature George Sanchez on "'What's Good for Boyle Heights is Good for the Jews': Creating Multiracialism in East Los Angeles in the 1950s"

The lecture will discuss the creation of a multicultural radicalism in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles during the 1950s. This new relationship between the Jewish and Mexican American communities took place during an exodus of Jews to Southern California's white suburbs after World War II, while leftists of all races sought refuge in Boyle Heights to escape the growing conservatism of McCarthyism.
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Chair of Rothschild Lecture Explores Jewish Role in American Pop Culture with New Course

Sasha Rivers, an Emory senior majoring in Arabic and Jewish Studies, profiles Prof. Kate Rosenblatt, who is currently teaching the course, “American Jewish Popular Culture.”  In the course, Rosenblatt hopes to encourage her students to be critical consumers of mass culture, and help them discern the scholarly apparatus through which to study Jewish cultural material in an academic setting.   

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A Celebration of Progress and a Change in Leadership at the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies

After a decade directing the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) and helping catalyze its rise, Eric Goldstein will transition the leadership to Miriam Udel this summer. Central to Goldstein’s legacy is his insistence that Jewish studies be resolutely outward-looking both at Emory and beyond.

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Q&A with Visiting Assistant Professor Alicja Podbielska

In the fall of 2022, Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion welcome Dr. Alicja Podbielska as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Holocaust and Antisemitism Studies for a three-year appointment. Dr. Podbielska completed her doctoral studies at Clark University in 2021, followed by a fellowship at Yale University. Her research focuses on the Holocaust, Polish-Jewish history, and cultural memory. A native of Poland, she studied in Germany and Israel before coming to the US. Her professional experiences, driven by keen interest in public history, include working at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. She is the recipient of many grants and research fellowships
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