DR. JENNA WEISSMAN JOSELIT - Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History, Director of the MA in Jewish Cultural Arts Program

The intersection between Jewish religion and culture in America  

MARCH 22-24


Dr. Weissman Joselit is an historian of American vernacular culture, and studies the ways in which Americans of the 19th and 20th centuries went about their daily lives: raising a family, attending to their beliefs, shopping, furnishing their homes, getting dressed and goofing around. She specializes in the history and culture of America’s Jews and in U.S. cultural history from the late 19th century on through the 1950s. Her books include The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, and A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. Professor Weissman Joselit's latest book is Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments. A founding member of NYU’s Working Group on Jews, Media and Religion, she has also been a Senior Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of American Religion, a fellow at Yale University’s Center for Art and Material Culture and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Judaic Studies. Most recently, Professor Weissman Joselit has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. In addition to her academic pursuits, she writes a monthly column on American Jewish culture for The Forward newspaper and is a frequent contributor to The New Republic, TNR Online, Gastronomica, and Tablet: The Online Magazine of Jewish Culture.  Jenna's blog can be found at fromunderthefigtree.com.


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