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Jews of Color: American Jews, Race and History

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Updated 2/12

As the American Jewish community responds to the upheavals of 2020 and delves into its own multicultural, multiracial composition, it is also grappling anew with its complex identity. Join a philosopher, an historian, and a rabbinical student who draw on their research and their own life experiences to explore both the vibrancy and the challenge of a diverse American Jewish community.

Laura Leibman is a professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Leibman is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of Jewish Studies, and is the author of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award-winning The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects.

Lewis Gordon is a professor and the head of the Philosophy department at the University of Connecticut. Gordon's specializations include Africana philosophy, Afro-Judaism, and Jewish history in the Caribbean.

Kelly Whitehead is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion ('24), after graduating with a BA in history from American University ('15). Whitehead has been involved in the Reform Movement's "Jew V' Nation" Jews of Color Fellowship.

Moderated by Lauren Strauss, Scholar in Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies in American University's Jewish Studies Program.

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