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'Urban Diaspora' conference planned for April 17-19

A conference on "Urban Diaspora: The City in Jewish History" will take place Wednesday through Friday, April 17-19, on campus.

Focusing on the enduring significance of the city as the locus of Jewish experience, the conference will provide an opportunity to explore new ways of taking history beyond the political frontiers of nation and empire. The primary goal is to use specific urban settings to enable discussion of broader issues, including economic restructuring, social mobility, and intellectual and cultural interchange.

Kenneth Jackson, the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University and a commentator on the PBS series "New York: A Documentary Film," will present the keynote lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in 101 McCormick. Jackson, who teaches a legendary course on the history of New York, will speak on "Jewish Metropolis: The Past and Future of New York City."

Sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in Bobst Hall. Click here to see a complete schedule .

The conference is being sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies , Ronald Perelman Institute, Shelby Collum Davis Center for Historical Studies, Eberhard Faber IV Class of 1915 Memorial Lecture Fund and School of Architecture . For more information, call 258-0394 or e-mail the Program in Jewish Studies .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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