Jewish History Colloquium

Jewish History Colloquium


The Greater Washington Jewish History Colloquium

Conveners: Arie M. Dubnov (GWU) & Pamela S. Nadell (AU)

In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

Hosted by GWU’s Judaic Studies Program, the Jewish History Colloquium (JHC) provides the hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of modern Jewish history (broadly defined) at the Greater D.C. area.

Format: Discussions will focus on pre-circulated papers. The format will be 15 to 25 minute presentation by the author(s) of the papers, followed by a Q&A session and a lunch. The colloquium is open to the public, but audience members are kindly requested to RSVP.

Venue: In Fall 2018, we will meet on the campus of American University; In Spring 2019, we will meet at George Washington University. Please bring your GW card or an ID in order to enter the Gelman Library.

Time: The colloquium meets three times each semester on Fridays, The colloquium meets three times each semester on Fridays, starting at 10:30 am and ending by 12:00 pm (followed by lunch, 12:00-12:30).


* This year’s JHC is funded partially by the American Academy for Jewish Research. We would like to thank the AAJR for their generous support.

2018- 2019 JHC PROGRAM:

Friday, October 19Prof. Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh University): Political Melancholy: An Alternative History of Zionism.

 Friday, November 9, 2018: Prof. Till van Rahden (Université de Montréal, Canada): When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a “Minority”? Remapping Difference in Central Europe, 1815-1919.

December 7, 2018: Prof. Lisa M. Leff (American University): Liberalism and Anti-Semitism: A Reassessment.


January 25, 2019: Prof. Orian Zakai (GWU): A Tale of Two Sisters: Dvora and Hemda Ben-Yehuda and the Emergence of the New Hebrew Woman.

February 8, 2019:  Prof. Na’ama Rokem (Chicago): Weltliteratur in Jerusalem: Philology and the Colonial Powers at the Hebrew University.

April 12, 2019: Prof. Amos Goldberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/USHMM)): The Grey Zone of the Mind: A Question of History and Psychology.