Jewish History Colloquium

 

The Greater Washington Jewish History Colloquium (JHC), hosted by GW’s Judaic Studies Program, is a hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of modern Jewish history (broadly defined) in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

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

When campus is open, the colloquium is held at GW's Gelman Library. The colloquium meets three times each semester on Fridays, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending by noon, followed by a 30-minute lunch. Beginning Fall 2020, the JHC will be held online from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The interior of the Kiev Collection Room in Gelman Library, shown through a glass case of artifacts

 

 


Upcoming Colloquia

Upcoming events will be listed when scheduled.

 


Past Colloquia



CANCELED: Colloquium Series: Kenneth Moss, "Jewish Vulnerability and the Politics of Emergency in Poland 1928-1935"

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, canceled due to COVID-19, Kenneth Moss was to present his research in a presentation titled, "Jewish Vulnerability and the Politics of Emergency in Poland 1928-1935"

Colloquium Series: Elizabeth Anthony, "Seegasse 9: A Jewish Nursing Home in Post Holocaust Vienna"

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Elizabeth Anthony from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presented her research in a presentation titled "Seegasse 9: A Jewish Nursing Home in Post Holocaust Vienna."

Colloquium Series: Shari Rabin, "American Jewish History and the B'nai B'rith Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews (1882-1957)"

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Shari Rabin presented his research in a presentation titled, "American Jewish History and the B'nai B'rith Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews (1882-1957)"

Colloquium Series: Roman Vater, "Post-Zionism: First Generation"

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Roman Vater presented his paper "Post-Zionism: First Generation."

Colloquium Series: Geraldine Gudefin, "Between Two Worlds: Navigating Jewish and American Divorce in the Period of Mass Migration"

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Geraldine Gudefin presented her paper "Between Two Worlds: Navigating Jewish and American Divorce in the Period of Mass Migration."

Colloquium Series: Leon Fink, "Friends without Borders: American Liberals and the Embrace of Israel from Labor Zionism to the Two-State Solution"

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Leon Fink presented his paper "Friends without Borders: American Liberals and the Embrace of Israel from Labor Zionism to the Two-State Solution."

Colloquium Series: Amos Goldberg, "The Grey Zone of the Mind: A Question of History and Psychology"

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Amos Goldberg presented his research in a presentation titled, "The Grey Zone of the Mind: A Question of History and Psychology"

Colloquium Series: Na’ama Rokem, "Weltliteratur in Jerusalem: Philology and the Colonial Powers at the Hebrew University"

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Na’ama Rokem presented her research in a presentation titled, "Weltliteratur in Jerusalem: Philology and the Colonial Powers at the Hebrew University"

Colloquium Series: Orian Zakai, "A Tale of Two Sisters: Dvora and Hemda Ben-Yehuda and the Emergence of the New Hebrew Woman"

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Professor Orian Zakai presented her paper "A Tale of Two Sisters: Dvora and Hemda Ben-Yehuda and the Emergence of the New Hebrew Woman."

Colloquium Series: Lisa M. Leff, "Liberalism and Anti-Semitism: A Reassessment"

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Lisa M. Leff presented her research in a presentation titled, "Liberalism and Anti-Semitism: A Reassessment"

Colloquium Series: Till van Rahden, "When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a 'Minority'? Remapping Difference in Central Europe, 1815-1919"

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Professor Till van Rahden presented his research in a lecture titled "When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a 'Minority'? Remapping Difference in Central Europe, 1815-1919."

Colloquium Series: Nitzan Lebovic, "Political Melancholy: An Alternative History of Zionism"

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Professor Nitzan Lebovic from Lehigh University discussed his paper "Political Melancholy: An Alternative History of Zionism."

Colloquium Series: Adam M. Howard, "Sewing the Fabric of Statehood: Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of Israel"

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Adam M. Howard presented his research in a presentation titled, "Sewing the Fabric of Statehood: Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of Israel"

Colloquium Series: Joseph Sassoon, "The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoon"

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Professor Joseph Sassoon presented his research in a presentation titled, "The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoon"

Colloquium Series: Hannan Hever, "From Revenge to Empathy: Abba Kovner from Jewish Destruction to Palestinian Destruction"

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Professor Hannan Hever presented her research in a presentation titled, "From Revenge to Empathy: Abba Kovner from Jewish Destruction to Palestinian Destruction"

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