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"Interrupting Whiteness: Hatzaad Harishon, Black Jews, and the Expansion of Jewish Identity"

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: (JWST Seminar Room) : 0142 Holzapfel Hall
Event Type(s): Lecture

Hatzaad Harishon ('The First Step', 1964-1972)-a biracial organization founded by white, liberal Jews-worked hard to "expand the scope" of Jewish peoplehood to include Black Jews. But it could not take the second step, which would allow black Jews to shape and expand what counts as legitimate Jewish culture. This paper argues that Hatzaad Harishon's trajectory calls attention to our need for a new model of rhetorical invention and success, one that Prof. Fernheimer terms "interruptive invention."

Janice W. Fernheimer is Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky.


For more information, contact:
Debra Ann Kirsch
The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies
+1 301 405 4975

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