Eric Silverman is a professor at Wheelock College and a scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and writes about the American Jewish experience and a modernizing community in Papua New Guinea. His latest books are “A Cultural History of Jewish Dress” and “Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities” (with D. Lipset).