Author Talk: Coming to Terms With America
Note: This is a 60-minute course running on Thursday, 8/26/2021 @ 2pm-3:00pm PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
Prof. Jonathan Sarna returns to AJU, marking the upcoming release of Coming to Terms with America: Essays on Jewish History, Religion and Culture. Join him as he explores how Jews endeavor to be both Jewish and American at once, from the American Revolution to today.
This collection of essays investigates the many facets of the Jewish-American encounter—what Jews have borrowed from their surroundings, what they have resisted, what they have synthesized, and what they have subverted. Originally written over the span of forty years, many of these essays are considered classics in the field, and several remain fixtures of American Jewish history syllabi. Together, these essays—newly updated for this volume—cull the finest thinking of one of American Jewry’s finest historians.
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Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he directs the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He also chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and serves as Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Author or editor of more than thirty books on American Jewish history and life, Dr. Sarna’s American Judaism: A History (Yale 2004), recently published in a second edition, won six awards including the 2004 “Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council. His most recent books include, Lincoln and the Jews: A History, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, and Cosella Wayne.