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Jewish Pasts, Ukrainian Presents

March 15, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

The Sandra K. Wasserman Jewish Studies Center Proudly Presents:

Jewish Pasts, Ukrainian Presents

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has plunged the region into the worst crisis since World War II. From the outset of the war, participants on all sides have consciously evoked the Jewish past and the history of genocide in the region to justify present-day political claims. Please join us for a panel discussion with Professors Robert Weinberg (Swarthmore College), Faith Hillis (The University of Chicago), and Brendan McGeever (University of London-Birkbeck) about how periods of crisis in the fraught Ukrainian-Jewish past might allow us to make clearer sense of the present conflict.

Robert Weinberg is the Isaac H. Clothier Professor of History and International Affairs at Swarthmore College. He has written extensively on various aspects of the Jewish question in late Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, with a particular focus on ritual murder, pogroms, and antisemitism. He is the author of Ritual Murder in Late Imperial Russia: The Trial of Mendel Beilis, Revolutionary Russia: A History in Documents (with Laurie Bernstein), Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland, and The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps.

Faith Hillis is Professor of Russian History at the University of Chicago. She studies the history of the Russian empire and Ukraine, with special interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century politics, culture, and ideas. She is the author of Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation and most recently, Utopia’s Discontents: Russian Emigres and the Quest for Freedom, 1830s-1930s.

Brendan McGeever is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, in the Department of Psychosocial Studies and the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. He is the author of Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution.

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March 15, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT