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 is kindly requested to RSVP.

Venue: Unless stated otherwise, all meetings will take place the I. Edward Kiev Collection Room, at the 7th floor of GW’s Gelman Library, 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. (Metro: Foggy Bottom–GWU Station; BK, OR, SV lines).

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 10:30am and ending by 12:00pm (followed by lunch, 12:00-12:30).

2017- 2018 JHC PROGRAM:

Friday, October 20: Daniel Schwartz (GWU): "From Place to Metaphor: The Nineteenth-Century Transformation of the Ghetto."

Friday, November 17, 2017: Moria Paz (Stanford Law School): "Network or State? International Law and the History of Jewish Self-Determination."

Friday, December 1: Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University): "Jacob Taubes, Leo Strauss, the young Commentary intellectuals."


Friday, January 26, 2018: Elizabeth E. Imber (PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins University): "Jewish Political Lives in the British Empire: Zionism, Nationalism, and Imperialism in Palestine, India, and South Africa, 1917-1948."

Friday, Feb 23, 2018: Geoffrey Levin (PhD candidate, NYU): "American Jews, Israeli Officials, and the Palestine Refugee Question, 1948-1963."

Friday, March 9, 2018: Noah B. Strote (North Carolina State University): "How Jewish was Karl Marx? Reading an Atheist Against the Grain in Twentieth-Century Political Thought."