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Shifting Diasporas of Bialystok Jewry to be Discussed at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 4, 2019

MAHWAH, N.J. – Dr. Rebecca Kobrin, the Joseph Engel Visiting Professor of American Jewish History at Harvard University, will speak on Tuesday, November 26 at 1:45 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges of the Robert A. Scott Student Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The program titled “Competing Diasporas, Shifting Centers: Bialystok’s Jews in the Age of World Wars” will be presented under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is free and open to the public.

Kobrin’s talk will be based on the work she began in connection with the publication of her book, Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora. As in most of Eastern Europe, the period of the world wars transformed the demography and cultural life of the Polish Jewish community Bialystok. It reshaped Jews’ understanding and performance of their diasporic identities to the point that led the migrants to imagine themselves as exiles, not only from Israel but most immediately from their east European homeland.

Kobrin is an American Russell and Bettina Knapp associate professor of American Jewish history at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and a director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. Since July, she has been the Joseph Engel Visiting Professor of American Jewish History at Harvard University. She received her B.A. in 1994 from Yale University and her M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the advisory board of the American Jewish Historical Society and on the editorial boards of various journals and publishers, including Shofar, the Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, and Johns Hopkins University Press. She is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and a former fellow of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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