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Gates, Friedman to examine black-Jewish relations, March 23

Two of the most prominent figures in ethnic studies, Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University and Murray Friedman of Temple University, will examine the relationship between African Americans and Jewish Americans in a discussion scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in McCosh 50.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is the inaugural event of "Black-Jewish Relations Week," organized by the Princeton Committee on Prejudice .

Gates is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Friedman is director of the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple and a former vice chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Two additional events are scheduled for "Black-Jewish Relations Week." A screening of "From Swastika to Jim Crow," a PBS documentary that details the relationship between Jewish professors and their students at historically black colleges in the 1940s, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in 101 McCormick Hall.

"Memories of Genocide: Survivors' Stories from Rwanda and Poland," featuring two speakers who escaped mass killings in their home countries, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in 302 Frist Campus Center. David Gewirtzman, whose family survived the Holocaust by hiding under a pigsty on a Polish farm, and Jacqueline Murekatete, whose parents and siblings were killed by a rival tribe in Rwanda, will speak about fighting hate across cultures and generations.

The events are co-sponsored by the Bildner Fund-Dialogue@Princeton, the Black Student Union, the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, the Arthur and Arnold Frankel Foundation of the Center for Jewish Life, the Office of Religious Life, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Program in African-American Studies, the Program in Judaic Studies, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Pace Center for Community Service, the Undergraduate Student Government, CommonSense and Paideia.

Contact: Eric Quinones(609) 258-3601

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