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2024 Tenenbaum Lecture: "Latinx Jews in their Adopted Homeland: Constructing New Realities and Claiming New Identities"

Dr. Laura Limonic asks, “How do Latinx Jews in the U.S. identify? Can they choose their identity or is it assigned to them? Are their ethnic choices ever strategic or instrumental?” Drawing on the experiences of Latinx Jewish immigrants in the United States, the historical roots of Jewish migration streams to Latin America and a sociological comparative perspective, Limonic will discuss how group construction is never static, and, in particular, how race, religion, and class are increasingly important mediating factors in defining ethnicity and ethnic identity.
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Robert Billups Reflects on TIJS Research Experience in London

Billups, a sixth-year PhD candidate, traveled to the British National Archives to research international patterns of antisemitism and their intersections with the US civil rights movement’s opposition.
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When 'nice Jewish boys and girls' First Took Up the Cause of Palestinian Rights

In his new book, Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978, TIJS core faculty member Geoffrey Levin writes about an early, formative era when American Jewish leaders disagreed with the Israeli government over the fate of the 750,000 Palestinians displaced by Israel’s war for independence.

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Emory Faculty Research: "Towards a Jewish History of Medieval Africa"

With support from a Judith London Evans Award, TIJS core faculty member Craig Perry presented a paper at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England in July 2023 on “Political Insurgency and State Formation in Northeast Africa.” His talk discussed a letter written in Judeo-Arabic in the eleventh century that reports a stunning international incident. 
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