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What Does it Mean to be “Free as a Jew” in the U.S. in the 21st century?

September 6, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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This webinar is co-sponsored by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.

In the beautifully written Free As A Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, the always brilliant and insightful Ruth Wisse chronicled her dynamic and intellectually fulfilling life’s experiences, revealing her growth as both an authoritative and esteemed academic and an independent “influencer” of today’s Jewish conservatives and Israel’s defenders. We are honored to host an in-depth conversation with Ruth discussing how her life experiences came to influence her views on world affairs, politics, growing antisemitism, Diaspora Jewry, education and the state of today’s academy, the two-state solution and Israel’s other struggles for survival, and her vision of how to address current events including the various cultural issues of the day. This will be a special program with one of Diaspora Jewry’s most important thinkers of her generation – and of our time. Consider reading Ruth’s beautiful memoir ahead of the webinar, a copy of which can be purchased on Amazon here.

About the Speaker: Ruth Wisse recently retired from her position as Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, Professor Wisse is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles (2010), The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture (2003), and A Little Love in Big Manhattan (1988). She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (1992) and Jews and Power (2007). Her latest book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, a volume in the Tikvah-sponsored Library of Jewish Ideas, was recently published by Princeton University Press.

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September 6, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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