Monday, April 4, 7:10-9:10 p.m. in SJH 211
St. John's University Department of History
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Dr. Hasia Diner, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History, New York University
A Conversation with Professor Hasia Diner on
Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way
Dr. Diner, a pre-eminent historian of American Jewish history and immigration history, provides new insights into the immigrant experience, as well as into the unfolding of consumer culture in the United States, in her recent book, Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way. On April 4, she will engage students in a conversation about her book and her research. Levi Strauss, manufacturer of blue jeans, is perhaps the most famous of the small-time Jewish merchants who sold wares across the expanses of a rugged, largely rural America. They brought jewelry and cloth, eyeglasses and bathtubs to people living in towns and on farms. Peddlers encountered prejudice, but also tremendous opportunities.
Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with a joint appointment in the departments of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is the Director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. She received a Fulbright to teach in Israel, was a fellow at Radcliffe College, was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010-2011, and has held several offices in professional organizations. She president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. She is the author of numerous books, including In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935; Erin's Daughters in American: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century; A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880; Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America; and Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration.
Please join her for a conversation on April 4, 7:10-9:10 p.m. in SJH 211