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Jewish Gender Under Review: Early Modern Ambivalence

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.

Join us for this lecture on ideas, events, and processes that led to shifts in gender boundaries in early modern times and how they set the stage for developments in the 19th to 21st centuries, featuring Professor Elisheva Carlebach and Moshe Rosman.

Carlebach is the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society at Columbia University. She is the author of The Pursuit of Heresy (1990), awarded the National Jewish Book Award; Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Early Modern Germany (2000); and Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe (2011), winner of the Association for Jewish Studies Schnitzer Prize. Her research focuses on the cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the Jews in early modern Europe. She has served as president of the American Academy for Jewish Research and is currently director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia.

Rosman is a professor emeritus of Jewish history from Bar-Ilan. He is the author of several groundbreaking and award-winning books, including The Lords’ Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth During the Eighteenth Century (Harvard, 1990), Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba’al Shem Tov (California, 1996), and How Jewish Is Jewish History? (Littman, 2007). Rosman is the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award, the Zalman Shazar Prize, and the Jerzy Milewski Award. His research interests include Polish-Jewish history, Jewish gender history, historiography, and Hasidism.


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, parents, students, and the public.