Monday, February 12, 2024

Black & Jewish Americans; Symposium & Public Talk


SYMPOSIUM: March 4 to 5

Black Americans, Jewish Americans:

Historical Intersections, Collisions, and Passings

A diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars will explore the complex relationship of Black and Jewish Americans as well as their struggles to negotiate and belong in white Christian American society.






Not Quite White in Fiction and Film: Laura Z. Hobson's Gentleman's Agreement and 
Nella Larsen's Passing

The Abram Matlofsky Memorial Program


Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served


Join us for an exploration of racial and ethnic "passing" in these critically-acclaimed novels and their adaptations for the screen. Excerpts from both films will be shown during the program, which will examine the struggles of both Black and Jewish Americans to feel that they belong in this country. Free and open to the public.




The symposium and related public programming are co-organized by Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University, and Donavan L. Ramon, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Read HERE about the origins of the project, which won a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Additional funding has been provided by: