ONLINELecture on Jews of Color in Early America

Top Pick October 20, 2022 Boston Free
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Dr. Laura Arnold Leibman (Courtesy photo)

Today multiracial Jews are about 10-25% of the Jewish population in the United States with nearly 87,000 nonwhite, Hispanic, or multiracial Jewish households in the New York area alone. Most people tend to think of multiracial as a fairly recent phenomenon, but in this talk Professor Laura Arnold Leibman reveals the early history of multiracial Jews in the United States and Caribbean and explains how their stories got lost in common tellings of Jewish American history.

Laura Arnold Leibman is professor of English and humanities at Reed College, VP of program (AJS), and the author of “The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects” (Bard Graduate Center, 2020), which won three National Jewish Book Awards. Her latest book “Once We Were Slaves” (Oxford UP, 2021) is about an early multiracial Jewish family who began their lives enslaved in the Caribbean and became some of the wealthiest Jews in New York.

This talk will be in person and livestreamed. Registration is preferred but not required. Part of the Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecture Series. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2022, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth St.
Boston, MA 02115

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