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Event Series

Jews in Modern Europe Seminar


This seminar welcomes presentations on work in progress in the history, politics, society, and culture of modern European Jewry. Its purview reaches from early modernity to the present, and it welcomes presentations with a comparative, transnational, and international orientation as well as a specific national focus.

Note: This seminar was formerly known as the Jews in Modern Europe Study Group. For details and past events see here.

Seminar Events Calendar

The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the Racial Politics of Ethnography Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the Racial Politics of Ethnography
October 14, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Rachel Smith – Ph.D. Student, Department of History, UCLA
  • Chair Tsiona Lida – Ph.D. Student in History, Harvard University; Graduate Student Affiliate & Seminar Coordinator, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
"An Unspeakable Jewish Tragedy" – Jews, the Munich Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — "An Unspeakable Jewish Tragedy" – Jews, the Munich Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism
May 6, 2021
12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Michael Brenner – Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Center for Israel Studies History, American Universityy, American University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The House of Fragile Things Jews in Modern Europe Seminar  — The House of Fragile Things
April 22, 2021
12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • James McAuley – Global Opinions Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The Rise and Fall of Jewish International Politics, 1919-1949 Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — The Rise and Fall of Jewish International Politics, 1919-1949
March 11, 2021
12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Rotem Giladi – Associate Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Simon Dubnow in Leipzig; Adjunct Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law Faculty
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The Jewish Eighteenth Century and the Transformative Year 1782 Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — The Jewish Eighteenth Century and the Transformative Year 1782
December 3, 2020
1:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Shmuel Feiner – Professor of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University; Chair, The Historical Society of Israel
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East
November 6, 2020
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Mikhal Dekel – Professor and Director of the Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts, City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History & Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, CES, Harvard University
Ghetto: The History of a Word Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Ghetto: The History of a Word
October 22, 2020
1:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Daniel B. Schwartz – Associate Professor of History, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
WEBINAR | The Eagle and the Jewish Question: Jews in the Polish Collective Imagination Today Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — WEBINAR | The Eagle and the Jewish Question: Jews in the Polish Collective Imagination Today
May 5, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Konstanty Gebert – Journalist and a co-founder, Polish Council of Christians and Jews; Visiting Faculty Spring 2020, Grinell College
  • Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
CANCELLED - Empire of Uncertainty: Interwar Jewish Politics and British Imperialism in the Age of Nationalism Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — CANCELLED - Empire of Uncertainty: Interwar Jewish Politics and British Imperialism in the Age of Nationalism
April 23, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Elizabeth Imber – Assistant Professor of History and the Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History, Clark University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
WEBINAR | Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — WEBINAR | Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader
April 17, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Alexander Kaye – Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, Brandeis University
The Bacterial Turn in Yiddish Literature: Two Case Studies Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — The Bacterial Turn in Yiddish Literature: Two Case Studies
February 20, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Sunny Yudkoff – Assistant Professor, Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, & the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Jewish Emancipation Reimagined Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Jewish Emancipation Reimagined
February 6, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • David Sorkin – Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, CES Resident Faculty and Seminar Chair, Harvard University
Emigration from Paradise: Jewish Stories from Interwar Hungary Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Emigration from Paradise: Jewish Stories from Interwar Hungary
November 21, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • llse Josepha Lazaroms – Lecturer, Graduate Gender Program, Utrecht University; Research Fellow in Jewish Studies, Martin Buber Chair, Goethe University Frankfurt; German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
A Premonition of the Shoah? R. A. Reiss’s Photographs of Monástir, 1917 Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — A Premonition of the Shoah? R. A. Reiss’s Photographs of Monástir, 1917
November 7, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Nicole Jordan – Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago; CES Local Affiliate, Harvard University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Diasporic Home-Making:  Jews in Paris and Berlin in the 20th Century Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Diasporic Home-Making: Jews in Paris and Berlin in the 20th Century
October 24, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Leora Auslander – Professor of European Social History and the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization, The University of Chicago
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944 Jews in Modern Europe Seminar & European Union Seminar — The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944
October 17, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Jacques Sémelin – Professor in Modern History and Political Science, Science Po; Senior Researcher Emeritus, Center for International Studies (CERI-CNRS)
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Harvard University
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