Virtual Hartford Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2021 at 7:30pm

Hartford, CT 06101

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7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Panel Discussion: Shared Legacies (Blacks, Jews, and Black Jews ALEPH Program)

Prof. Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)

Blacks, Jews, and Black Jews  

This lecture will explore three intertwined dimensions of relations between African Americans and Jewish Americans: Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, Jewish memory of the Civil Rights Movement in recent decades in light of the rise of white nationalism, and scholarship on racism and what they might contribute to our understanding of antisemitism. Many American Jews turn with pride to the active participation of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), in which numerous rabbis and Jewish students took part in disproportionate number – and some died. The Black Jewish bonds of the CRM days remain a powerful and inspiring memory, and many Jews long to revive those alliances. To revive the alliances of the past, Prof. Heschel suggests we need to incorporate new understandings of the nature of racism, and recover the prophetic traditions that forged the alliances in the past.

Moderator: Prof. Avinoam Patt, Director, Center for Judaic Studies, UConn

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